For months I have gazed out the office window towards ‘the hive’ of activity at Ground Zero, former location of the World Trade Center buildings 1 and 2.
Finally – at least to my eyes – there appears to be a permanent, above-ground-level structure.
As you can see from the red arrow, near where the Freedom Tower is to rise in the northwest corner of the bathtub, there is an above-ground floor clearly visible. It was a matter of time before something appeared due to the hundreds of men and women who work on the site everyday. Even on weekends, construction workers are steadily bringing back a site which can mean different things to each of the thousands of people who pass by every day.
When I first started my job, I wasn’t sure I would like the ‘view’ – thinking it would be a reminder of the day.
However, my experience has been the opposite. If there’s any place in the city showing signs of life, it is the industrious metropolis between West and Church Streets on the west and east, and Vesey and Liberty Streets on the north and south.
No doubt Saturday’s fire in the old Deutsche Banc building was an unwelcome reminder of 9/11. Once again, firefighters plowed up the stairs with less concern for themselves and more for others and then paid for it.
Selfishly, I wish they could bring the Deutsche Banc building down quicker – it’s like a headstone with its black shroud. But, I know there are toxins and asbestos involved so there needs to be caution in its demolition, too.
I wonder what the site will be like in a few months? Once the foundation is laid, it always seems like buildings go up quickly. Seeing the speed of activity and change in the site, I like to think that some of the city’s, if not the world’s, most talented construction crews are working to bring it all back.
Strange I said ‘back.’ I know it can’t come back. But, it can come close. I’m waiting.
August 22nd, 2007
Entry Filed under: East Village, New York City