Sunday, September 11, 2011
Jersey City NJ
Ellis Island & Lower Manhattan from Liberty State Park
Were the Twin Towers anyone's favorite skyscrapers? I don't see how. They weren't beautiful. What made them impressive was their location right next to Hudson River & sheer gargantuaness. They dwarfed everything in downtown Manhattan. But I never tired of the view after WFMU moved to Jersey City in 1999 a couple of blocks from the waterfront. I saw them at all times of day & night & in all kinds of weather. When I drove to Jersey City, taking the east extension of the Turnpike across across Newark Bay, the highway made a swing left & the entire Manhattan skyline came into view, plus the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island. That was a view I loved to show visitors. By train, I changed from NJ Transit to PATH in Newark, the train dipped underground at Journal Square in Jersey City. I got off the train at Exchange Place, rode a long escalator or an elevator to the surface, & there were Hudson River & the Towers. At the distance they loomed overhead. The sight never failed to stop me for a moment before I walked up Montgomery Street to the station.
Comments:"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Thomas Jefferson
Not long after the World Trade Center was completed, New York magazine invited designers to come up with ideas for making the towers look a little more pleasing. One idea -- installing an arch that would make the towers look like a U-bar magnet -- probably wasn't practical, but I was always charmed by the proposal to have popsicle sticks jutting up from the roofs.Post a Comment