Month Two: October
|Lower Manhattan, with Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in the distance|
I spend the month as a tourist, visiting some of the clichéd places in the city I hadn’t seen before. The Statue of Liberty is still closed, so I spend a lot of time in Midtown.
The last time I was on top of the Empire State Building, I must have been 10 years old.
|I know I speak|
|Liberty in line|
Bridges and tunnels reopen, with increased security.
|The NYSE bull|
|HSBC flag in Times Square|
|Gas mask and hardhat|
Gas masks for sale in Chinatown, American flags advertising foreign banks, flowers before every fire house, memorial statues parked in the street. It’s a different city now.
|Protesting the protest|
Gradually, photographs of the missing come down, and new posters go up alongside all the flags.
|Subway service as of 9/17|
|Best sandwiches in NYC|
The flags are also up in Chicago, though at least one seems unintentionally out of place.
|John Hancock Tower|
|Sharpest building in Chicago|
|Contrails in the distance|
Heading back to New York, I can’t shake the thought that it still seems strange to fly.