A quick walk down memory lane – Freedom Tower NYC
Photos: by Ralf Weiser
One of the two memorial ponds lined with the names of all victims engraved on metal plates surrounding the ponds.
If you have the opportunity to travel the Big Apple anytime soon, please make a point of stopping by the 9/11 memorial park and while you are at it take a couple of pictures of the rising Freedom Tower, the future World Trade Center 1. It was my first trip to the area where the two majestic North and South Tower used to stand since 9/11. I am glad I waited. Where were you when the attacks happened in 2001? We all recall this quite well I am sure. One of my responses used to be rebuilding the site right away and taller than ever before. I am really glad to say that I was wrong about this. Almost 3000 people lost their lives that day. There is no easy way dealing with the emotions of losing loved ones and having no closure as very few victims were ever found and identified. The memorial is a really tasteful and respectful way how folks here dealt with it. Bravo! The results are really memorable.
The new skyline. It is very exciting to see the new WTC rising back to impressive heights.
The two fountains that have been built right there at the site where the Twin Towers used to stand are just magnificent. What a serene and peaceful scene, very tastefully done and topped off with all the oak trees and the museum part of the park. It will open sometime in the near future. They can take their time with that though. I can still not stand the sight of the artifacts that relate to that black day.
WTC1 during construction
When you look up you now have two new high risers to look at, which are feverishly undergoing continued construction. WTC1 will be a worthy successor to the buildings that used to stand there. I was totally elated about the symbolic value of both scenes: America stands for resilience, tolerance, love and inclusion. It is soothing to the mind to see that we have come full circle. We have dealt with the grief, made sure that we will never forget to honor the fallen heroes and yet also not forgotten how to move on with inspiring people again. Getting back to our new normalcy was hard, but worth it.
Lady Libery as seen from the Staten Island Ferry
NYC has really grown on me over the last decade and a half. While you are immersing yourself with the pulse of the city you will get a notion of what it means to be amongst people that may go down, but are never out of the game. Quick tip on the side: If you go North bound on I95 make a point to park at the Staten Island Ferry building on Staten Island. The ride to Manhattan is free and you get to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It is a treat all the way around without the usual parking hassles. Happy and safe travels.