New New York

July 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

For the last twenty years or so, there have been two views of lower Manhattan for me (and the rest of us): Before 9/11 and After. The World Trade Center was something I took for granted for many years, and then its absence simply made me terribly sad.

For last year, I’ve been watching Freedom Tower grow from a distance. But it always seemed a little abstract to me, until last night…

thompson

I rarely walk this far down Thompson Street, and wasn’t thinking about the view I would see when I looked up. But there it was, and it was kind of shocking. It was so close and therefore so real. That building I’d seen rising in the distance was no longer “some thing that was happening”: It became my third view of this particular part of the skyline. And while I will never forget the other views and memories associated with them, it is somewhat reassuring to have a new chapter.

xx

(Photo: Some Cozy Night)

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