Month Seven: March
|Sphere and hardhat|
At 8:46 on March 11, a bright clear morning six months to the minute after the first attack, an inauguration ceremony begins in Battery Park: the damaged bronze Sphere from the Liberty Plaza fountain will serve as a temporary monument.
|Flag and floodlights|
|The north platform|
That same night, in an empty lot to the northwest of the Trade Center site, the switch is thrown on the twin beams of the Tribute in Light.
|From the Tribeca Bridge|
The lights are lit every night for over a month, from dusk until 11pm.
|The platform by day|
|Grand Central Station|
By day, much of the city is FDNY red.
|Ladder rescue on Canal Street|
|Now in neon|
|Not just Bogart|
|Not for use|
Souveniers become increasingly elaborate.
|Towers with heads|
My friend Istvan Banyai draws a fake New Yorker cover after Saul Steinberg, to try to summarize New York’s shifted view of the world, 6 months afterward.
No lawsuits please.
Health concerns remain in the areas surrounding the recovery and construction site.
|The memorial cenotaph, facing Glouchester harbor|
In Glouchester, Massachusetts, the Fisherman’s Memorial lists the names of more than 5,300 Glouchestermen lost at sea.
|Fishermen’s Wives Memorial|
|They that do business in great waters|
Nearby, the newly-dedicated Fishermen’s Wives Memorial pays separate tribute to the tens of thousands left behind.
|“For the victims of the WTC”|
|Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial|
Smaller but still present, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial faces a set of burned candles. Among the words written on their sides: “For the victims of the WTC.”
|For best results, remove glasses|
|The Easter Puppy|
It’s Easter, and I don’t make it out of town without a passing visit from the Easter Puppy.
Security seems particularly tight at Logan International Airport, origin of the two planes that hit the Trade Center.
|Empire State Building|
|NYC: full moon, Easter colors|
Back in New York, some buildings have changed their colors for Easter; the tallest building of the new skyline remains the same.