Thursday, September 4, 2014

New York City and the 9/11 Museum

Over Labor Day weekend I made one of my periodic pilgrimages to New York City. Although Fountain Pen Hospital is closed on weekends and holidays, and Art Brown’s is now closed permanently, I found other things to occupy my find beyond frittering away money on more pens.

One purpose of the trip was to visit the 9/11 Museum, located near the site of the World Trade Center towers and close to the Freedom Tower - or, as I like to call it, The Finger.

2014 08 30 Freedom Tower
The Finger, er, Freedom Tower

On the actual footprint of the towers stands the 9/11 memorial, an elegant pair of waterfalls.

2014 08 30 WTC Memorial
The 9/11 memorial

The museum is built into what was once the PATH station for the WTC site, and lies almost entirely underground. A good bit of the space is devoted to how the WTC towers were built, using cutting-edge construction techniques, including the first self-elevating cranes. The remainder of the space is dedicated to the events of September 11, 2001 and to the victims of the two terrorist attacks on the towers (the other was the bombing in 1993, which claimed six lives and injured over a thousand more). It’s a somber reminder of the evil in the world.

2014 08 30 9 11 Museum retaining wall
Retaining wall

2014 08 30 9 11 Museum antenna

2014 08 30 9 11 Museum trident
One of the steel tridents from the facade of the building

2014 08 31 Central Park formal garden
Flowers in the Central Park formal garden, off 104th St.

2014 08 31 Sin Will Find You Out
Sin Will Find You Out

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