Judging from the turnout of photographers on the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights tonight, just about every Flickreen in New York must have a shot along the same lines as this one, textured in more or fewer megapixels. You can't avoid taking it; it's mesmerizing and beautiful, and the night is perfect.
September 11th is one of the most difficult days of the year for many of us. Four years ago I stood in nearly exactly this spot and watched a gray cloud that completely obscured this entire view of Manhattan. The day was glorious, the weather benevolent. Both of the Twin Towers had already fallen.
Four years ago I stood here for close to three hours. In that entire stretch of time, no one spoke.
(Added 9/16/2005 to the Cream of the Crop group as my most "Interesting" and most favorited photo.)
(And please ignore the "Delete Me" group comments below - it's a slappy little Flickr game that gets tiresome fast.)
This photo has been #2 on Interestingness for the date of September 11, 2005, for many months.
Summer, 2011: According to Flickr and Yahoo, this shot of mine is one of the top 7 photos out of all the billions of images hosted on this site. Which is wacky, but fun. Many news sources have identified it as the third most popular photo on Flickr.