Month Nine: May
|Misty morning viewing platform|
|Cross, flag, tarps|
No bodies have been found in the last 2 weeks, and only a few small piles of debris remain at the site. The city announces that the removal effort will end by the end of the month.
|Waiting for a railing|
The viewing platform still draws pilgrims, but tarps and rows of trailers on the site block much of the view.
|Orange ramps allow trucks down into the site|
The walls of the viewing platform tell their own story, in many languages. I wonder if the city will keep the boards.
|Flowers by the gate|
|Penguin, sake, fire truck|
|A shield of roses|
|He who fights|
|Pointing an arrow|
|New paint job|
|Heros are not hard to find|
Off of the platform, the story continues ...
|Scarred and scared|
|By the WFC marina|
|I count 40|
|NY loves something|
|Heart and crossbones|
... it’s a lot to absorb.
|The marina at the World Financial Center|
|Open for business|
|The view from United Artists|
|Looking across West Street|
The lobby and restaurants of the World Financial Center reopen to the public, though the Winter Garden is still under scaffold.
The Battery Park movie theater reopens in time to host the Tribeca Film Festival.
The theater windows face the Trade Center site, an unintended viewing platform.
|United Artists Battery park|
I go back the next afternoon.The view is stunning.
|A new view, from the northwest|
|NYPD Temp HQ|
|No pictures, no looking|
I notice the Burger King on Liberty Street that served as a temporary police headquarters in the days and weeks after the collapse.
|Evidence upstairs, no bathroom|
Farther down Liberty Street, an operations area for the fire department is taped up and covered with patches from departments around the world.
A high wall keeps the WTC site out of view. Signs and police officers keep people from peeking.
|What we have done|
|Lower Manhattan in the distance, from Henry Street, Brooklyn|