Showing posts with label Lower Manhattan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lower Manhattan. Show all posts

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Honor 9-11, Never Forget

I will never forget the morning of September 11,2001.  It was a glorious, cloudless  blue sky day in New York, and warm, yet mild. The kind of day that made you realize that although autumn was fast approaching, there were still some last summer days to relish and enjoy.

I lived in Brooklyn, New York then--a borough of New York City located  directly across the east River from Manhattan, where the twin towers could be seen easily from many vantage points.

That morning I walked in the park with my friends, as I did almost every morning.  My husband was with us that day. He had a business related golf outing to attend later in the day, so he did not have to go into his office at 7 World Trade Center.  My daughter was home, as she did not have any classes that day at NYU.  My son was in his apartment in Washington, DC. as he had off that day. He lived within easy walking distance to the White House.

My husband and I returned home from our walk around 8:30 am, and I remember looking down my street, towards the north, where I could see the tops of the World Trades Centers gleaming in the sunlight. They were always a comforting sight for me when my husband was at work, as I knew he was there, safe in his office, in the World Trade Center complex.

Around 9 am I was preparing breakfast, and my husband was getting his golf bag ready, when our phone rang and a friend was frantically crying, telling us to turn on our TV.  Her husband worked in the same building my husband did, in 7 World Trade, which was located directly across from Tower 1. At 8:46 am American Flight 11 had crashed into Tower 1 of the World Trade Center.

We watched TV in horror. I remember having to go outside to look up at the top of the Trade Center again because I could not believe that what I was seeing on TV was real.  I saw the terrible long trail of black smoke rising high in the once beautiful blue sky.

At 9:03 as we were watching TV -- as millions of people were by then -- United Flight 175 hits Tower 2 and the realization comes to us all that we are under attack!  At 9:37 American Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon. There are reports that planes are headed for the Capital or the White House and I am frantically trying to get in touch with my son.  Meanwhile, he is frantically trying to get in touch with us, as he knows his father works in the World Trade Center complex. His room mate at the time came back from his job at the World Bank and told him that he saw people running out of the White House, as it was being evacuated. All phones lines are jammed, so we did not find our for many hours that we were all safe.  We also thought of all the family, co-workers, friends and neighbors that we knew that worked at the World Trade Center and despaired over their fate,  as we prayed for their safety.

Community Memorial to Captain Jason Dahl- pilot of United Flight 93, who was a resident of Colorado.

At 9:56 Tower 2 collapses, at 10:03 United flight 93, that was headed towards Washington DC, crashes into a field in Pennsylvania. At 10:28 Tower 1 of the World Trade Center collapses and sets 7 World Trade Center on fire. It collapses at 5:20 pm. Burning papers from the buildings filling the skies for hours and floated toward Brooklyn streets.

We all know of the sad days that followed. The many days of not knowing who was injured, missing, or dead, until one by one we heard the news. We were all stunned, scared, angry, and overwhelmingly sorrowful for all the lives lost that day, thirteen years ago.  Over time we found out we did lose friends, co-workers, classmates and neighbors. Mercifully, we did not lose any family members, but mourned with those that did. So many went to work that blue sky September morning and never returned home.

Inscription on the  memorial tombstone of Micahel Bocchino, Battalion 48 Engine 240 in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY

So many sacrificed their lives on September 11 to save others. So many worked tirelessly after 9-11 to recover those lost. Much of our lives were changed forever and our country, and the world, remains ever vigilant against terrorism.

9-11 Memorial in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City. Click on the photo to enlarge to read the poem that accompanies the memorial.

May we Never Forget to honor the memory of those lost on 9-11! 

May we work each day, in our own small way, to make the world a better place.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

One World Trade Center--The Freedom Tower

I woke up with this fabulous view not long ago, in March!  I was in a hotel in downtown New York City, accompanying my husband on a business trip. We were scheduled to land in the late afternoon, but our flight was delayed eight hours because of mechanical problems with our plane, and by the time we finally arrived in Manhattan and checked in, it was dark outside our room.  To pull back the curtains in the morning to see this view of the new One World Trade Center was such a exciting surprise!

As you can see in this closeup photo of One World Trade Center, the outside construction elevator is still in use, and there is still some construction going on.  The 104 story building, stands a symbolic 1,776 feet in it entirety, and is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and will feature a grand lobby and observation deck with unparalleled views.  As of now, the building has been pre-leased 55% to future tenants.

A closeup of the 408 foot spire on top! Be sure to click on this photo, as well as others in this post to enlarge them to see all the detail.

A close up of the construction elevator and a window washer outside the building.

A view at street level, from Vesey Street.

I loved this photo, that include the spire of St. Paul's Chapel. It earned the title "The Little Church That Stood" after 9-11. You can see more about it and read it's story on a post I wrote on this link.

The tower is easily seen from many different areas of downtown Manhattan, and northern Brooklyn. It is an imposing sight on the New York City skyline. Will it win the hearts of New Yorkers, and visitors to the city, as the prior Twin Towers did?

That remains to be seen, but to me it definitely is a beacon of hope and rebuilding after the tragic events of 9-11.  

To read a very inspiring story about the rebuilding of One World Trade Center, and to see a fantastic panoramic photo of the city taken from one of the rings of the spire, check out this article in Time Magazine at this link.

I also visited New York City again last week, so between these two trips back to my hometown I have much to share in future posts. Join me next time as I'll show you a fun Faberge Easter Egg Hunt that happened all over Manhattan before the Easter holiday. The Egg Hunt culminated at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, when I was in NY this last trip, and I took lots of photos. You'll be amazed by how differently giant eggs can be decorated by various artists and designers!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Putting on "The Ritz" and the Museum of the City of New York

After our weekend staying with friends in Brooklyn, New York, (see that post on this link), my husband had to report to his Manhattan office, as the reason for his portion of the trip was to attend an important meeting being held Tuesday. The company he works for had regional managers report in for this meeting and put them up at the downtown Manhattan Ritz Carlton Hotel at Battery Park. As you can see from my photo of the hotel (above) it was raining heavily in Manhattan during our visit, and photo opportunities were hard to come by.

This is the view from the front of the hotel on West Street, looking towards the new One World Trade Center tower.

The inside lobby and reception area of the Ritz Carton Hotel, Battery Park.

Our room was obviously business class, and not one of the luxury suites, but it was very comfortable. The views we had were of West Street, as you can see by the photos at the bottom of the collage. If I craned my neck I could get a slight glimpse of One World Trade Center which was north, but mainly I could see the co-ops and condos across the street, and the traffic coming out of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. I liked the large bathroom with separate tub and walk in shower in our room, and also the very large walk in closet that lit up automatically when the doors were opened. If you knew how much I spent for my breakfast of Eggs Benedict at the hotel you would be astounded -- I know I was! *Smile* It was very good, but I though the hash brown "patty" was pretty skimpy.

I wanted to put a photo up from the hotel website of the beautiful view the western facing rooms have of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty, but I now hesitate to put up photos without permission after reading this article on BlogHer.   If you'd like to see that view, please  go to this link on the hotel's website gallery to see the other room accommodations.

On Monday, my friend and I spent the day out on Long Island at Tanger Outlet Center.  It was one of our favorite trips to make together when I lived in Brooklyn. We went for old times sake, even though I wasn't going to be able to do much shopping on this occasion, but it was fun to window shop and have a chance to do a lot of catch up talking on the ride. On Tuesday, my friend met me in Manhattan and we decided to spend another rainy day at a museum we had never visited before. We chose the Museum of the City of New York.  The Museum of the City of New York is a history and art museum located at 1220-1227 Fifth Avenue, from 103rd to 104th Street, across from Central Park in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan.

The elegant main lobby inside the museum.

This Youtube video will give you and overview about the museum and show some of its past and present exhibitions. Direct link to this video on Youtube is on this link

One of the ongoing exhibits we enjoyed was called "Gilded New York."  You can read the definition of the gilded age in New York city in the museum's exhibit below.

 Click to enlarge the above photo, and all photos in this post, for easier viewing.

The exhibition presents a lavish display of jewelry, portraits, dresses, decorative items and other objects that are from the era between the mid-1870's and the early 20th century 

You can click on the collage to enlarge it and you can see close up photos of many of the objects in the exhibit in the image gallery on the museum's web site.

Another ongoing exhibit are the Marine Paintings, which chronicle an important part of New York City's rich maritime history. This painting by Edward Moran is entitled: "Unveiling the Statue of Liberty."

The museum did not allow photographs of the exhibit about Norman Bel Geddes, who has been called the "Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th Century".  Bel Geddes was a leader in the 20's and 30's in industrial and theater design, and there was a fascinating collection of his original works on display of his dynamic vision of the American future. This interesting exhibit runs until February 10, 2014.

The next exhibit we visited  is called Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy, and runs until March 31, 2014.

The exhibit is being presented to mark the one year anniversary of  Hurricane Sandy.  The museum made an open call for photographic images from the storm, and over 1,000 photographers, both professional and amateur, responded with the submission of tens of thousands of photos.

This map in the exhibit shows, with the color blue, how the five boroughs of the City of New York, and some of the surrounding areas of New Jersey, that were impacted by water surge of Hurricane Sandy. Dark blue areas were inundated with as high as almost 19 feet of flooding. 17% of the city's landmass was flooded, with an estimated 33 billion dollars of damage done to New York City.

Click to enlarge to read this epic storm and the impact it had on the city.

The juried exhibition of photographs features the before and after impact of the storm on the New York Region, including preparations, the hurricanes destructive effects, and the ongoing rebuilding efforts. To see close ups of many of the photos from the exhibit you can click here to view them on Time Magazine's lightbox feature.

Photo of a portion of the temporary debris dump placed in Riis Park, of all the destroyed possessions of those effected by the hurricane. Citywide, there was 700,000 tons of debris.

I lived through Hurricane Sandy last year, and it was an event I will never forget. We were very fortunate that our house did not flood, although houses two blocks away from us in both directions had up to seven feet of water pour down into their basements during the storm's surge. I will never forget the screams I heard reverberate through my neighborhood at that moment. I saw panicked people running down my street screaming: "The water is coming!" and afterward the many sirens from emergency vehicles. For the second time in his career, my husband was displaced from his workplace-the first was on 9-11, when 7 World Trade Center collapsed. That was the building where his office was located. After Hurricane Sandy his office building on Water Street in Manhattan had been extremely flooded with the water filling sub-basements and up to half the lobby with water from the East River.  It took many months before they were able to work in that building again.
My husband and I were also in the process of trying to sell our home at the time of the hurricane, and the sale basically came to a stand still for a few months afterward.  We felt very fortunate to have survived this storm unscathed, however, and tried our best to volunteer to help in local areas that were not so lucky. Rebuilding goes on till this day, and there are many areas of the coastline that will never be the same.

I'm glad the museum has documented this storm for their archives for future generations to see and learn from. They even have a phone number set up where you can leave a short message about your experience during the storm for their archives. See the bottom of the exhibit page for that number

I would definitely not hesitate to return to the Museum of the city of New York on a future visit, and hopefully have a chance to see the section of Central Park that is located across the street from the front of the museum on a fairer weather day. I hope you will consider a visit too!

My husband and I flew back to Colorado the next morning and it felt so good to be home. When I now look at the foothills of the front range I am so happy. Life is certainly different on this side of the country, but I really feel like I belong here now, and it's a wonderful new adventure full of many things I want to explore and experience in the west. It's certainly nice to feel at home in two such beautiful states!

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas....

Our Thanksgiving was wonderful!  We had lots of delicious food-so much so that I served it buffet style as all the serving dishes would not fit on my table. My "high altitude" turkey cooked well and was moist and flavorful. I was concerned as I live around 6,000 feet and many things take longer to cook and require more moisture here.  I brined the turkey overnight in an apple cider/brown sugar/kosher salt solution, and I covered the turkey with a well buttered cheese cloth while it roasted and which I re-moistened every 40 minutes or so. My only disappointment was the gluten free gravy I made from the turkey drippings. My son's family eats gluten free, so I had hoped a gluten less gravy would taste good for all of us, but it was rather thin and for some reason tasted too salty. I'll have to work on that for next year! We also had many wonderful appetizers and desserts, which I unfortunately failed to take photos of, save for my daughter's birthday cake.  We always celebrate her birthday on Thanksgiving, as the actual date revolves around the holiday.  She said it always made her feel special to have her cake on Thanksgiving. She is certainly one of our blessings!

The weather has been beautiful in our area of Colorado the past week. The daytime temperature has been in the high 50's and low 60's! We took advantage of the weather on Saturday to begin decorating the outside of our house for Christmas. We felt so festive afterward that we roasted some chestnuts when we came inside and enjoyed them with a glass of wine. I heard the weather will be changing this week from an "arctic blast," and we may get some snow.  That will certainly make me feel even more in the Christmas spirit!

My husband flew to New York City on Sunday, as he has some business meetings there this week, and e-mailed this cell phone photo of the Christmas tree at South Street Seaport, near the hotel where he is staying.

This year a small temporary ice skating rink was installed near the South Street Seaport Christmas tree. This area of Manhattan was severely affected by Hurricane Sandy over a year ago, due to flooding from the East River, and much work is still being done to repair and revive the neighborhood. There will soon be a brand new development going up in the area that will replace the present Fulton Market/Pier 17 complex with new retail, culinary and cultural offerings. The project has been labeled "See Change."  I'm so glad that the city has decided to invest in South Street Seaport, as it was one of my favorite places to visit when I lived in Brooklyn.

So, is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas where you are? I'll show you more of my decorations in future posts and some of the ways Christmas is celebrate here in the west!

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