World Trade Center

Freedom Tower reflections

One World Trade Center reflected

One World Trade Center reflected (Fuji X100F)

Manhattan, New York.

My long time Flickr friend Dilip Muralidaran, who I’ve known since my first years on Flickr (2004-2006) but have never met, told me he was going to be in New York and he’d never been there before. So, we met up and had a great day of it. He wanted to get up in a big building and since both of us had never been up in One World Trade Center (the new Freedom tower) I thought that would be a good thing to do.

I’d been up in the twin towers (original world trade center) numerous times so being up this high on the tip of Manhattan wasn’t new to me. Still, it’s a thrilling thing to do.

The views are terrific but the experience is ruined (IMHO) by too much commercial up-selling (trying to pry more money out of tourists).

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One World Trade Center reflected (Fuji X100F)

Old and new

Old and New (Fuji X100F)

This shot is a reflection of the tower from the window of the 9/11 museum just south of it and includes an image of the original World Trade Center. I found it more photogenic in reflected shots than strait on.

New York Harbor

New York Harbor (iPhone 8)

This is the first shot I took out the observatory window and given the reflection on this side I was worried all our images would have issues. This is the only shot that had a lot of reflections, taken with iPhone 8. I kept this shot because the patterns on the water, the ships in the harbor, and the Statue of Liberty make for a very nice image, even with the people reflected in the background.

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

Ground Zero

Looking at the World Trade Center site

New York City. A group of us went into New York yesterday and one person wanted to see ground zero. I must say that besides helping a friend move out from Battery Park City right after 9/11 I’d not been to the site. it’s a fascinating thing to see with an incredible amount of construction activity going on.

There are tours and lectures going on all the time and I must say, I thought I knew a lot about what happened that day but the lecturer had lots of interesting facts I didn’t know.

The building going up in this picture is the Freedom Tower which is about 10′ smaller in cross section than one of the original World Trade Center Towers.

Construction at ground zero

Battery Park, July 19, 2001

David at Battery Park

I was a “roady” for David Darling at an open air, free concert he did at Battery Park just prior to 9-11. The concert went quite well and in taking these pictures I wasn’t even trying to get the World Trade Center in them, just the musicians.

Paul at Battery Park

My friend Paul Briggs played keyboards as well as sitar in this concert.

Battery Park at Night

Our friend T. Fliesher (in white shirt) played lead electric guitar in the concert. T. is also a landscape architect involved with the grounds around Battery Park and he and his family live in Battery Park. They experienced 9-11 at ground 0: they were at the foot of the South Tower when the second plane hit. They got out safely and even went home to rescue their dog later that day after both buildings collapsed.