Posts Tagged ‘World Trade Center’

My company, TOWN RESIDENTIAL, has launched an exciting, unique and engaging marketing campaign.  Our company slogan is: “Our neighborhoods define us as much as we define them”.  Taking this to heart and to a higher branding level, TOWN has embarked on a 90 day campaign: LookUpNY.

TOWN is encouraging the public to interact with the company’s website by posting photos of interesting buildings, facades, street scenes, anything that speaks New York to them.   We have so many landmarks, so many pre-war buildings with amazing sculptures, setbacks, cornices and spires.  However, do most visitors and for that matter denizens actually see this beauty.  The answer is a resounding NO.  You have to look up, as in LookUpNY.  That’s not to say that New York is all about what’s up in the air.  I have been scrolling through the hundreds of photos already submitted and there are snippets of neighborhoods, parks, statues, landscapes, seascapes and more; After all New York is a pretty big city!

I strongly suggest you visit http://www.townrealestate.com/lookupny/ and look at the fabulous photos, check out the daily quiz question about the photo of the day in the Gallery.

This is MY blog so you can guess this is heading someplace other than the TOWN web site.  I asked Murray to give me some photos I could submit to TOWN and who knows maybe he would win.  All I wanted was to go on the helicopter ride around the City which is part of the first prize.  I picked the ones I wanted to enter and was about to file all of them on my computer when it occurred to me what would make a better FAB FOTO FRIDAY than several of his spectacular shots of The Chrysler Building This striking landmark, this icon of the City deserves a blog post of its own.

I did some quick research and just a couple of remarkable facts are:

Ground breaking:  September 1928

Built at the pace of 4 floors per week – no workers died on the job

Originally designed to be 975 ‘ – 125’ added when the spire topped off the building.  The spire was built secretly inside the building and then hoisted onto to the dome and lowered into the 68th floor .  The remaining sections of the spire took a mere 90 minutes to bolt in place.

Built to house Chrysler Headquarters, there are many homages to the auto industry;  radiator caps, hub cap design, setbacks with abstract images of automobiles, gargoyles like hood mascots anchor the upper corners of the building.

Briefly the highest building in the world until the Empire State building eclipsed it.

BUT enough words, take a look at the pictures!

Art Deco Architecture

Art Deco Architecture


The Chrysler Building at Night

This is MY CITY

This is MY CITY



Hood Ornament in the Sky

Hood Ornament in the Sky

Two Iconic Figures Nacho and the Chrysler Bldg

Two Iconic Figures
Nacho and the Chrysler Bldg

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

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The posts I thought I was going to do did not get done, quite obviously.  And it’s not because I brushed 9/11 aside.  Quite the contrary, Sunday night turned out to be the most emotional 9/11 I’ve had since the 9/11.

I went to a memorial service held in the Great Auditorium and within minutes I was in tears.  Between the solemnity of the occasion, the bagpipers, the flags, the orchestra, the two choirs and the speakers, not to mention the building, I was a wreck.

And why I didn’t think to bring tissues, I don’t know.  The speakers were all great but I have to say I was definitely partial to the Baptist Minister, former Secretary of State New Jersey.  He was quite the preacher man!

As I promised, I would post any memories sent in to me about 9/11/01, please read Heather’s account of that dreadful day, my generation’s day of infamy.

We had left Maine early on September 10th and were planning to stop in NYC to visit our daughter the next day.  We stopped overnight at a hotel in southern Connecticut to allow ourselves a relaxed time the next morning before heading into the city for our lunch date.  As we were getting dressed, my cell phone rang and it was our oldest son calling from his then home in Hatboro, PA asking if we were watching TV.  We had not been but the moment we turned it on, the only images we saw were the scenes of the first plane and then the second plane smashing into the World Trade Center buildings and the attendant misery as a stunned world watched.  Everybody was speechless and most of the hotel guests gathered in the lobby to watch the large TV and perhaps share the comfort of being around others

   Needless to say, we did not go into Manhattan that day but rather, several hours later, skirted around and headed south on the NJ Turnpike.  We were one of the only cars on that road.  The plumes of ash and smoke were clearly visible from the NJ side.  The rest stops were deserted and nearly all food outlets within them were shuttered.  The northbound traffic consisted of fire trucks and emergency vehicles ONLY.  It was a surreal spectacle and a surreal experience.
   To this day, whenever we pass along the NJ Turnpike,  we look over toward Manhattan, and we remember the tragedy of that horrific day.
I’ve blogged about Capt. Timothy Stackpole, whose memorial bracelet I ‘ve  been wearing for 10 years, my recent encounters with a fellow blogger and with Michele, two people who actually knew Captain Stackpole and went to his wake and funeral.  And last year I did a blog about 9/11 Then and Now.  See link below.


I featured the photo of the empty shoes which so poignantly spoke to the loss of so lives and how the left behind living try to cope when there’s no one there to fill those shoes.  That memorial display was in New Jersey and in New York City…

empty chairs, Bryant Park

A man remembers his father

photo by Murray Head

Timmy Stackpole, 9-11, memorial bracelet

Memorial bracelet - 10 Years

And Gail sent me this link to one man’s tribute to the wife he lost in The World Trade Center:

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It’s Thursday night, well actually early Friday morning and as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches… events, memorials, remembrances,  prayer services, concerts, readings, forums, panels, meetings, articles, press releases, books, dedications, stories, songs and gatherings are coming together to honor those who died that day.

So in a way, consider this the Amuse-Bouchedu jour and just a little insight into one of the many ways those who survived have managed to continue to survive, using their loss and grief to find within themselves a way to express the deep emotions roiling inside. 

Michele the painter, Michele DiSimone

One of Michele's many watercolors in her book

I have a new friend and her name is Michele;  Attached below is an article written by another new friend, Richard of the BPlot, a weekly feature in The Coaster, a local Jersey Shore newspaper. 


How are you honoring the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center?  Where were you that day? Would you share some or all of your memories of that time and place in your life?   Please send in whatever comments you wish to make about 9/11 either then or now and I will post all.

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Many of you know that in my FAB FOTO FRIDAY segment, I have a few ongoing series such as RED,  FACES , Art Is Where You Find It and a couple others.  These photos were taken in Lower Manhattan and through the eye of the artist shooting them, an every day cityscape becomes a piece of art.

Lower Manhattan, blue transformers

Blue Transformers

photo by Murray Head

gray skies

Gray on Gray

Photo by Murray Head

Lower Manhattan,seagull, sea gull

Sea Gull in Lower Manhattan

photo by Murray Head

bridge in Manhattan, rough waters

The Bridge in the Background

photo by Murray Head

Kite flying, lower Manhattan

Kite Flying in Lower Manhattan

photo by Murray Head

New York Waterways taxi, water taxi

Water Taxi

photo by Murray Head

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I have lived through six decades already and I don’t remember one that had more disasters, natural and/or man-made than this past one.  These ten years were filled with tragedies brought on by mankind  and horrific natural catastrophes.  Looking back there were so  many events to choose from, that my original plan of naming 10 disasters, one for each year had to be abandoned.  So now what we have is a list of some of the most notable events in each of the Ten years – making a Decade of Disasters.



Regardless of what other catastrophes occurred during this first year of the 21st century, the only one remembered throughout the world is 9/11, the terrorist attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the attack on the Pentagon and the hijacked plane which crashed in Pennsylvania.   There is no need to elaborate on the details of this man-made horror as they are indelibly engraved on the minds of every person who was age seven or older at that time.  The official death toll for that day was 3000 victims and the 19 hijackers.



March 25th an earthquake with a 6.1 magnitude struck the regions of Nahrin and Baghlian Province in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  1000 people were killed, several hundred more were injured and approximately 20,000 people were left homeless.

Arson- Civil Unrest

In February the Sabarmati Express train was attacked by a large group of Muslims in the city of Godha, India.  59 Hindu passengers, mostly women and children were burned alive.  The incident prompted widespread retaliatory massacres  on Muslims resulting in the deaths of 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus and 223 missing persons.  A total of 523 places of worship were destroyed.


The Senegalese government-owned ferry, Le Joola capsized off the coast of The Gambia on September 26th.   The disaster resulted in the deaths of at least 1,863 people.  The ship was built to accommodate 580 passengers and crew.



The Columbia Space Shuttle exploded during re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere killing the 7 astronauts – it was the Shuttle’s 28th mission.  The tragedy occurred February 1st.

Also in February an arsonist sabotaged a subway train in Doegu, South Korea.  189 passengers were killed, 140 injured.

On February 18th, a fire broke out in a second floor Chicago night club.  21 people were trampled as they tried to escape the flames.


For several months in the spring of 2003, a virulent outbreak of the SARS virus affected 8,300 people and killed 755, primarily in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Heat Wave

A 3-week heat wave in May, with temperatures rising above 120 degrees killed over 1200 people in India.



Hurricane Charley was the third-named storm and second major hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season.  It lasted from August 9th to August 15th and at its peak attained 150 mph winds making it a category 4 hurricane.  The storm made landfall in southwestern Florida.  Charley also assaulted Cuba, the Dry Tortugas.  The hurricane traveled north along a northeast corridor of Florida damaging Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Sebring and Zolfo Springs to name a few. Damage to the state totaled over 13 billion dollars.


On December 26th, the day after Christmas, an undersea megathrust earthquake struck off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.  The resulting tsunami known as the Indian Ocean Tsunami or the Boxing Day Tsunami killed over 230,000 people in 14 countries and inundated coastal communities with 100 ft high waves.  Indonesia was the hardest hit, followed by Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.



A 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit Asia in October killing 73,300 people; 72,000 were in Pakistan.


The photos and TV footage could not begin to convey the scope of the tragedy when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and caused the levees to break.  It was the costliest natural disaster as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.  Overall the damage was reported to be 135 billion dollars.


Man-made – Human Error

Delta flight 5191 was a U.S. domestic passenger flight from Lexington, KY to Atlanta, GA and crashed upon take-off killing all 47 passengers and 2 of the 3 man crew.  The aircraft was assigned Runway 22 but used 26 which was too short for a plane of this size.  The sole survivor was the co-pilot who, according to the black box, was piloting the plane at that time.

Natural – Mudslides/Earthquake/Tsunami

In February a combination of continued heavy rains and a minor earthquake caused rock/debris/mudslides causing widespread damage and loss of life.  The official death toll stands at 1,126.

In July a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck Java and caused a tsunami, both events killed a total 668 people and injured 9,299.


Heat Wave

Approximately 500 people succumbed in Hungary during a week-long heat wave in July. At one point the temperature hit 107 degrees.


The storm formed in the Bay of Bengal reaching  160 mph, landed in Bangladesh on November 15th .  The estimates of fatalities varied from one agency to another; Save the Children reported the death toll to be between 5000-10,00.


After a week of torrential rains, North Korea suffered severe flooding in the southern half of the country and including the Capital.  The death toll was reported as 454, 156 missing, 4,351 injured.



Natural disaster struck in the form of 8.0 magnitude earthquake in the Sechuan Province of China killing 69, 197 people, injuring 374,176 and 18,222 listed as missing.


Myanmar suffered catastrophic destruction and at least 138,000 dead.  The government stopped reporting the death toll after it hit 138,000 to minimize political fall out.  Cyclone Nargis was the deadliest named cyclone in the North Indian Ocean Basin.

Cold Wave

The winter of 2008 was the coldest recorded in Afghanistan in 30 years.  The temperature dropped to -22 degrees and eventually killed 1300 people.



Swine Flu was responsible for the lives of over 1000 people in the United States.  The 2009  flu pandemic was a global outbreak of a new strain of the H1N1 influenza virus. A state of National Emergency was declared by President Obama once the death toll reached 1000.




Washington DC and the U.S. Eastern seaboard were paralyzed by a severe snowstorm.


In April, a massive explosion aboard an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico caused a catastrophic oil spill killing 11 people and which eventually spread to the coast of Louisiana destroying the fishing industry and killing wildlife by the thousands.

Mine Collapse

In August 33 miners became trapped in a collapsed mine.  17 days later it was discovered that they were alive in a safety chamber.  Despite 24/7 rescue efforts, the men were not rescued until October.

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