September 11th 2001
8.00am Having breakfast at home in New York to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. My wife and I have day off and are preparing to go to the World Trade Center for lunch about noon.
8.40am Call from Australia to wish us Happy Anniversary.
8.55am Caller says they are watching evening news and a plane just went into a tower of the World trade Center.
8.57am Turn on morning television in New York to watch the horrific drama unfold not far from us.
9:58am The South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.
10:28am The North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.
Everything CHANGES in New York………… and the world.
Our Wedding Anniversary has never been the same since that date. However a few hours difference and we might not be here to celebrate at all.
Our deepest and most profound sympathies to all those who lost love ones on that fateful day in history.
2nd Tower Hit
Below are a couple of the more joyful times associated with World Trade.
One of our first views
View from 107th Floor
Our Downtown View for 7 years
A note on back of photo
Today is the first day since then that we can begin to celebrate what should be a very happy time in people’s lives. We do have a lot to celebrate.
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View from Bleecker Street NYC
Prior to moving to Long Island City I lived in the heart of Greenwich Village (West Village) on Manhattan Island NY for many years. Many great writers, artists, musicians, poets, etc. have lived here. This was the view downtown from my small but magnificent 10th story loft on Bleecker Street.
It was a great time to be there. In the heat of summer people would sleep, party, make movies etc. on the rooftops directly below as the old song “Up On the Roof” says. At 3am the streets below were full of activity. People filled the restaurants, bars, nightclubs, etc. Often they were making major movies in the area and one night Whoopi Goldberg was filming right outside our main entrance. It was always a buzz with activity. Soho was only one block south.
And every day off in the distance those two magnificent towers stood majestically above their surroundings as symbols of hope for all people to rise above their circumstances and make their mark in this world. Things change and neither myself or World Trade Center are in NY now. Fortunately I still still have my life although it could have been different as I was about to go up the Towers on the fateful day of 9/11. Now that is another story.