Friday, January 9, 2015

It Happened in New York City

During the middle of December, our family spent a wonderful week-end
together at our son and dil's home in New Jersey. We always make a point
of going into the City to see a musical and this time it was Cabaret, followed
by a fine dining experience. Before dinner, we saw the upper 2/3's of the tree
in Rockefeller Center--it was impossible to get any closer with so many people.

We decided to go back into New York City on Monday, our last day, to see a few
more sites. At the top of our list was walking over the Brooklyn Bridge, catching a
of the Statue of Liberty from afar, and then going down to the 9/11 Memorial.

Needless to say, the new World Trade Center building is very impressive.

Condé Nast, the publishing company that owns The New Yorker, 
Vanity Fair, and other magazines, was the first tenant to 
move in. They began setting us offices on floors 20 to 44 in November.

 There will be five more buildings in the future.

These six towers will surround the two pools--
the 9/11 Memorial--which have been placed
 in the footprints of the original Twin Towers.

Thirty foot waterfalls cascade into a pool, each then into
a center void.

The names of the victims are inscribed in bronze parapets
 around all  four sides of each pool.

Various factors were used in the arrangement of the names--
where the victims were on that day, the relationships they shared
with other victims, honoring families' requests.

As we were looking at the first pool, I was telling my
children that I had known the gentleman from 
our town who had died that day. 
He was at a business meeting on one of the upper floors.
I had sold a condo for him many, many years ago and yes,
I remembered his name--Gary Bird.

As we were walking from the first pool to 
look at the second pool, right there was his name!

Now, what are the chances that out of almost 3,000 names, 
I would happen upon his name?  
There is no way I would have thought I could find it unless I had
used the electronic directory on the Memorial plaza or
downloaded the app.

Rest in peace.


  1. Donna, thank you for this post...I'm sure his spirit was with you as you looked on the memorial and thought of him...I do believe that! It is very moving to see the sights and memorials in NYC. Thanks for sharing pictures. I was there a few years ago and still remember it vividly. Happy new year to you!

    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Judy. Good to hear from you.


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