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ground zero

Manhattan, New York City, NY


The view of ground zero from my friend's apartment. The evening included stories about 9/11. It's hard not to talk about it when it's right outside your window.


I attended a dinner party at a good friend's house recently. Her ninth-floor, downtown apartment faces north, overlooking ground zero. The view from her living room is amazing. I have been to her home several times and each time I am there I find myself standing over that painful hole in New York City, Ground Zero, and thinking about what happened on that day.


Looking out her windows has always been a focal point for interesting conversation whenever I have been to her apartment. Especially now since the developers have supposedly started construction on the Freedom Tower. While standing there at her window recently, thinking about the lengthy and controversial reconstruction, I suggested to my friend, the owner of this gorgeous apartment, who is also a successful architect, that she should take a photo every day at the same time and in the same spot to record the re-building effort. She confessed that the thought had crossed her mind and that someone at PBS had actually contacted her requesting to install equipment in her apartment to record a documentary of the new construction from her window. No one has started such a documentary and my friend has been slow to start her own project. Perhaps this photo that I took from her window recently is the first.


After wine and cheese, small talk and laughter, we settled into the dining room for dinner. Once again we found ourselves drawn to that emptiness in the sky and ground. Then someone started to tell their story of that day. We listened in silence. Then someone else told their story and then we started telling other peoples' stories. And that's what we talked about, that day, September 11th.


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Taken on October 27, 2006