9/11 — Refilling the skyline

World Trade Tower photo, looking from the ground up, taken by Joseph M. Conny, Beth Conny's husband.

The Twin Towers from the ground up (photo by my husband, Joe Conny)

I grew up in lower Manhattan, just a couple of miles north of the World Trade Center. The Twin Towers were part of the landscape, like the Brooklyn Bridge and Empire State Building. They were thin and beautiful and dominant; you could see them from uptown.

I was in Frederick on 9/11, in the Starbucks on Rt. 40, and I overheard a woman saying that the Towers had collapsed. “You got that wrong,” I said. “The Towers are huge. They can’t just collapse.” She insisted and starting talking about planes and terrorists. It made no sense. I hurried home, turned on the TV, and it still made no sense. Watching the Towers crumble was surreal, the stuff of movies. I still can’t believe it.

Now, at least, there is a new Tower rising from what had been a gap in the skyline. And the new building is astoundingly beautiful, a sculpture really. It glistens and seemingly twists and, perhaps best of all, you can see it from uptown.

A rendition of the new Word Trade Tower.

A rendition of the new World Trade Tower.


2 replies
  1. Julia
    Julia says:

    I was in Florida on a project that day. With me was a team member I had pulled from another assignment to join me. He would have been on the 74th floor of the South Tower that day.

    Two years after the attack, I was back in NYC and taking the PATH train to New Jersey every day for a project. The towers were gone, but the train still ran. The arrival track took us through the hole where the towers used to be. It didn’t matter how many times I made that trip, and there were many, each time I felt I was entering a sacred place. Passengers when silent as we wound our way around the pit, getting a a close-up view. I stared out the window and remembered. Talk about surreal.

    Have you been to the 911 memorial? Well worth the trip.

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