Month Twelve: August
|Feel Free to Feel Better|
New York has settled in for the long haul. The largest billboard in Chinatown promotes Project Liberty, a post-September 11th mental-health hotline.
|Red, White, Blue|
|I Love NY, redundantly|
Near Astor Place, a flowered WTC mural is lit by spotlights from a neighboring restaurant.
Midtown, the Empire State Building still bears only three colors, though Downtown the “I Love NY” bags have gained two extra “Loves.”
|Our Mother of Sorrows|
|Love my monkey|
|A mural of faces|
|Pakistani fast food|
In Little Italy, the tiny Chapel of Saint Gandolfo has a new icon—Our Mother of Sorrows, pictured with two planes and two towers.
A few blocks south, the Paul Smith boutique has new icons, too.
Near Ground Zero, the dome of the World Financial Center remains under scaffold.
The glass facade serves as a backdrop for a concert on the Hudson.
To the west, the memorials remain. Some are taken down and carried away; others fill the gaps.
Underground, subways still point to a lost station.
And all over the city, stores keep up their flags.
|I Heart AJMCC|
|Confederate flag, heart of Dixie|
|Moundville gift shop|
|If I only had a tow hitch|
I spend a weekend in Tuscaloosa, Alabama: more hearts and more flags, though many have a Southern spin.
|Woodrow’s Pit BBQ|
They also have a few things you just can’t find in New York.
|The view from Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park|
After Alabama, Utah ...
|Looking over the Las Vegas valley|
... and Rosarito, Mexico. The colors are incredible.
|Blue, Green, Pink, Blue|
|War on drugs|
|I hate those ads|
|Waiting in line, Tijuana|
Coming back, the US border is grayish brown.
|Walking would be faster|
A man selling a Last Supper platter wears a New York Yankees hat, but once across the border, it’s all about LA.
|Lighters, pencils, cups, bells, shakers|
|The Bronx, Manhattan, New Jersey|
|The construction site|
|Battery Park, the Financial District|
|Above the East River|
Back to New York, just in time to catch the end of another 95°F heat wave.
|Manhattan under a morning haze|
We’ll see what next month brings.