Although I've been back to NYC , I have not been back to this area since 2007 and I really appreciate seeing how it has changed and the memorial that has been created.
I was trying to post a pic that I took in 2007 showing a little of the plans but cant post it as a " spoiler " so have refrained as it would have interrupted the sombre black and white images too much.
This is one part of the city I missed while I was here in December so thanks for the photos. The first time I visited New York was about 9 months after 9/11 but don't remember much anything from that long ago. I have seen my dad's pictures from early 2001 though.
It's interesting to see what they have finally done, because on my last two or three trips there, it was still basically just a big pit with nothing happening. Considering the price of real estate in that part of town, I think they probably lost a lot of money while trying to figure out how to create the most profitable new design for the area. The twin towers were the very last thing I saw when I left the United States to move to Europe. I think they were inaugurated just a month or two after I left.
The area has changed a lot since 2012. It's nice the memorial is finally open to the public, after being fenced off by security. 1 WTC is finished and others look very close to finished. That transportation hub has progressed nicely. It has such a unique look, like a big spiny ocean creature.
The first and last time I saw the original WTC towers was when I was teenager back in 2000. I saw them from a ferry and they just dominated the downtown skyline. The new WTC, though taller, is not nearly as special, in my opinion.
Nycgirl, I'm so glad you've posted a link to your thread. It was done before I joined AnyPort and I don't believe I've ever seen it. Very true about the change in security. The plaza area was wide open and visitors were moving about freely.
Yes, it's great to see the construction phase again, especially since we tend to forget the exploit of actually building something like the (new) World Trade Center. Once such a building is completed, you forget how long it took and it just seems to have mushroomed up overnight (well, maybe not quite overnight).
In between Broadway and the World Trade Center area stands St. Paul's Chapel, the oldest surviving church building in the city. When it was built in 1766, it was the tallest building in New York and was placed in a field outside the city. The chapel interior is being renovated and parishioners are preparing to hold a 250 year anniversary celebration.
Today, for the first time, I was able to go inside the churchyard enclosure.
There were many informational signs scattered about the grounds.
Belated babbling on my part ~ I have NO memory of ever having seen this thread before and the black and whites are so crisp, so rich, and so absolutely charged with a sense of place that my only conclusion is that I've never seen them before. They are too striking and excellent for me to have forgotten them.
That said, I admire your decision to show the update in full color -- it really brings home the rebirth of the area. Gorgeous shots, too, in particular that brilliantly composed first one in #17.
Hope it's okay to ask this: did you just feel a documentary interest in the place, or did the visit bring up emotions?