Month Ten: June
|From Battery Park to Central Park
|The flag is visible from the air
|The WFC and Battery Park
|Shadows on the East River
On a flight back from Boston, the pilot makes a slow, graceful curve around the tip of Manhattan.
|Site and supply tent
The Trade Center site is dusty brown, and in the foreground the huge white relief supply tent is visible, blurry through the jet exhaust.
We’re just in time for sunset.
|Cold Spring Harbor, NY
|13 stars with fouled anchor
|CSH General Store
On Long Island, flags are out in force. The colors seem crisper out here—maybe it’s the backdrop of green.
|Flags on wheels
The summer new moon brings horsehoe crabs to the shore, in a mating ritual that may be 400 million years old.
|Four males compete for a larger female
|Off West Chop
The Cold Spring Harbor General Store is full of flag merchandise, but it pales in comparison with the stores on Martha’s Vineyard.
Just off the ferry in Vineyard Haven, the Black Dog has an updated version of the ubiquitous black dog t-shirt. A portion of the proceeds helps the American Rescue Dog Association.
|For all your Patriotic Dogs
Of course, there are also patriotic lobsters for sale, and expensive baby dresses in Edgartown.
|6 months, $84
|Did they secede?
|Changing light on West Chop
|Gay Head, Martha’s Vineyard
|Spring Rates, God Bless
So too in Maine, where the tourist season is just getting started.
|This one is everywhere
Back in New York, expressions of support and protest and remembrance and hate are much grittier.
|Nice job, dirt bag
|Robbed, ignored, lied, denied
Also mixed in are a few protests that seem obsolete now.
|Sidewalk on Avenue C
|Fighting eagle tatoos
|Platters and ashtrays
|Towers and FDNY snowglobes
|Cabs and cruisers
|New taxi map
Later, in another taxi, I notice an updated map: the old drawing of the towers has been replaced with a red, white, and blue ribbon.
|Temporarily closed after Sep 11
The subway maps are more literal.