North Pool, Ground Zero

North Pool

9/11 Memorial, New York. Gary and I walked all over New York last Saturday and while we hadn’t planned to visit Ground Zero, it was something both of us wanted to see as we’d seen it under construction but never finished.

I have to say, the two reflecting pools marking the foundations of the twin towers are impressive and reminded me of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC designed by Maya Lin.

I spent time in the Twin Towers, both on business and pleasure and this was the fist time I got a real hit of how much time has passed since 9/11. What brought that home was the fact that there were thousands of people around these pools, all taking pictures (selfies and more) and many seeming to not quite remember what happened here. If I’m truthful, I don’t think it hit Gary and me all that hard while we were standing there either.

It really hit me when I got home and picked up last week’s New Yorker (which I’ve not looked at yet since Gary was here) and looked closely at its cover illustration by Adrian Tomine.

When I took these images (and I took many more) I hadn’t seen that cover illustration and in a way, I’m glad I hadn’t, but I did notice the general scene that cover depicts and now, in retrospect I find it a bit disturbing.

The Pools are exactly the right architectural memorial and some day I’d like to visit when there are fewer people to see if I can get a better fix on the event and what’s left.

North Pool


Manhattanhenge is a solar event where the sun setting over New Jersey aligns perfectly with Manhattan’s grid such that standing in almost any cross street will display the ball of the sun at the bottom of the building canyon. It was popularized by Neil deGrasse Tyson in 2002 and has built a following.

This year’s events are on May 29th and July 12th (tomorrow as I write this). Gary and I plan to get into New York tomorrow to “shoot the shooters.” Gary has informed me that there are numerous Flickr groups devoted to Manhattanhenge and if we get anything interesting we’ll no doubt post it there (and here).

Compressed Manhattan Bridge

Manhattan Bridge

New York City. A friend gave us access to the roof of a six story building in Little Italy and even though we weren’t much higher than the surrounding area, the views were still fantastic. The Manhattan Bridge connects lower Manhattan and Brooklyn and from this angle with this telephoto lens the depth of this view is compressed. That compression, flattening, or shortening of the depth is analogous to what a bridge like this does connecting the different worlds of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Queens, Manhattan and beyond

Queens, Manhattan and beyond

Flying west over Long Island Sound, Queens on the left, Brooklyn beyond, Verrazano Narrows Bridge Connecting Brooklyn to Staten Island and Manhattan’s on the right with the Hudson river running down its west side. The other side of the river is New Jersey.

The bridge at the bottom of the image is the Whitestone Bridge connecting the Bronx with Queens on Long Island. I crossed that bridge a few hours earlier on my way from Connecticut to JFK Airport.


Looking down the length of Manhattan Island, East River on the left with Queens and Brooklyn on the other side, Hudson river on the right with New Jersey on the other side. George Washington Bridge crosses the Hudson.

New York from the air

New York, NY

I woke up from a snooze during the initial approach to JFK, popped open the shade and this is what I saw. Scrambled for camera and took a few shots. Not great but good enough for those who are un-initiated.

I highly recommend clicking this image and going up to flickr where you can load a bigger size to look at.

The view from left to right:

New Jersey shore
Hudson River (George Washington bridge visible)
Manhattan (the island in the middle, Central park easily seen)
East River
Long Island on entire right which contains:
Brooklyn (closest to bottom)
Queens (beyond Brooklyn)

John F. Kennedy airport where we landed is further out on the Eastern shore of Long Island. You can see the other major airport on the west shore of Long Island toward to top-right of the image: La Guardia.

To drive home to Connecticut, which is directly north of here I cross Long Island on the Van Wick expressway (ugh), cross the Bronx Whitestone Bridge which is clearly visible just beyond LaGuardia in the upper right. Up the Hutchinson River Parkway which turns into I-684 and then, depending on traffic and snow, zig-zag into rural Connecticut.