Month Four: December
|Waiting dump trucks|
|An arc of water|
Back in New York, the fires are still smoldering, and the debris follows a slow path from crane to dumptruck to barge.
|Loading barges on the Hudson|
|Through the tarp|
A green tarp surrounds the site. Some people poke holes, others wait in line for the best views.
|Tower 1, Tower 2|
|Christmas tree on Greenwich|
|Dismantling the facade|
Before the end of the month, the last slab of standing facade has been dismantled.
The work moves below ground, and slowly, steadily, The Pile becomes The Pit.
|The park by the Brooklyn Heights Promenade|
Elsewhere, the city is a mix of flags and trees.
|Red, white, and blue ornaments|
|A tent of teddy bears|
|Fire line, do not cross|
|They were hanging yesterday|
Where fences around Ground Zero have been recently moved or removed, only piles of flowers, wreaths, and flags remain.
|Santa on skates, Rockefeller Center|
|3 flags at Lincoln Center|
|The first casualty|
The streets around the site hold a confusion of messages ...
|NYC to Kids|
|No cell phones please|
|Must raise cash|
|Thank you FDNY|
... and memorials of all kinds.
|Candles on Canal Street|
|St. Paul’s Chapel|
|The Price is Right Christmas Trees|
I leave town for the holidays. Christmas in the Nevada desert is a big change from New England: instead of sawing down the tree, we buy one that’s been trucked in.
|Canal & Broadway|
Back in New York for the New Year, it’s cold. The National Guard keep a fire going at their Canal Street inspection station to keep warm.
Farther south, the NYPD have space heaters in their wooden guard stations.
|Winter night at Ground Zero|
December 31st, and the new mayor is sworn in at 12:01 in the morning, just after the ball drops in Times Square.
|Formal inauguration tomorrow|
A more formal ceremony will happen tomorrow: after paying his 15 cent filing fee with the town clerk, Michael Bloomberg will become the 108th Mayor of New York City.
|Metal detector tent|
Of course, security is very tight.