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Memories Of The ’93 World Trade Center Bombing

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“I recall seeing the smoke from 3rd Ave. and 16th St. We went home from work, my friend was on jury duty and used to work in the upper floors (89-93?) for EBASCO a Texas based power plant design company formerly at 40 Rector St. across the street where we had worked on Trinity, according to a former secretary who remorsefully blogged after 9/11 she had been thankful for her job in the WTC, Mayor Koch had let move, stay rent free for 1.5 years in the threatened move of EBASCO out of town she had lamented after that later tragedy. They had, before 9/11/01 left, and I found moved their Envirosphere division to New Jersey. My friend and I had both worked for that division, on an environmental impact survey to include archeology testing, on the projected move of the US Army 10th Mountain Division from Colorado to Fort Drum, NY back in 1984 or so. I work in the field, only visited, and growing up next to a NY Dormitory Building inspector thought it odd that there appeared to be no emergency lighting in the stairwells back in the 1980s apparently rectified after this attack in 1993. It must have been a nightmare to negotiate those stairs that day.”

Memories Of The ’93 World Trade Center Bombing: ‘Thank God The Elevator Never Arrived’

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02/27/2013 at 11:03 am

Where to put the “Sphere”?

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I stood by it from 3:30pm-12 for a dig by it for new Whitehall subway station. The old subway station it replaced, South Ferry, was a real screecher, only the first six cars had platform access. A Staten Islanders ferry access. In Battery Park now, the top of which built by prison labor in the 1850s, it was a former immigrant entry point before Ellis Island. Some British fort-works remnants were relocated below. The “Sphere” sits on flat rounded “black” pebbles size of soap bars.

As public art in the WTC plaza it deserves a place in the City. Perhaps in the NW corner of City Hall Park, where the Nathan Hale statue once stood, before being moved to the front of City Hall. It would be close to the original site was I think. Or perhaps in the Bowling Green! – Huffington Post 

After I posted this Saturday, the Sunday New York Daily News printed NY’s US Senator Schumer suggested “some temporary homes: Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn, the Sept. 11 memorial on Staten Island, a waterfront space in Long Island City, Queens, or Van Cortlandt Park or Orchard Beach in the Bronx.” – “Give sphere respectful home – pol” p.2 – 5/13/2012

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05/13/2012 at 10:32 am

Unpublished comment to: Beyond Guantánamo, a Web of Prisons for Terrorism Inmates : NY Times

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Religion protects families. Families are about kinship. Social anthropology studies the different kinship structures that different people have, i.e. "uncle" or "aunt" may mean something different within different societies and may be quite different from culture to culture in comparison. I once attended a CUNY grad lecture on the preference for "cross-cousin marriage" in nomadic peoples of the deserts. There your preferred though not necessarily ones mate, would be "a child of one’s mother’s brother or father’s sister" which the speaker thought was a way of keeping widely separated people together when marriages were proposed. Recent data has shown that "cousin" marriages are also very fertile producing many children. Perhaps religion attempts to provide a "survival of the fittest" society in its proscription and divorce, i.e., three witnesses required for infidelity grounds in Islamic law in the Philippines. These ideas and culture have to be understood further as not a threat to our ways and means to ends.

Beyond Guantánamo, a Web of Prisons for Terrorism Inmates – NYTimes.com

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12/12/2011 at 11:03 am

…Ambivalence Over NYPD Muslim Surveillance

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7 hours ago (5:14 PM)

I watched the testimony of members of Islam to the NYC Council of Public Safety the other morning. They were without passports, that is, born here in Brooklyn mostly. They were concerned that the informants the police using were unreliable, i.e. one they know of, their houses of worship are open to everyone, had been in and out of mental hospitals. They wanted to be contacted, their organizations would cooperate and did not like reports of informants inflaming others. They also cited incidents of cab drivers being asked about their origin and where they worshiped, not your usual traffic stop. There seemed to me a need for more cooperation with those who are here. Worldwide mass communication was cited for some of the fears on behalf of Public Safety. There should be some community review process if there is none, in my opinion. Huffington Post link

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11/14/2011 at 12:09 am

Like Former Mayors, a Statue Fades From View

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City Room – New York Times – “The statue of a former New York City mayor who played a role in George Washington’s presidential inauguration sits largely forgotten on a city island, a casualty, in some ways, of 9/11.”

Comment: I’m reminded of a statue found neglected on a rooftop of Antonin Dvorak, moved to Stuyvesant Square, where another former mayor’s statue is, Peter Stuyvesant. Nearby, Dvorak wrote the “New World Symphony” in a building slated for demolition for an “AIDS Hospice”. The statue was a compromise. No one knows what Nathan Hale looked like, yet his statue was moved out front of City Hall. Why not De Peyster’s in its old place, in the northwest, near Broadway and Chambers? (Like Former Mayors, a Statue Fades From View Peter Stuyvesant was not a mayor but the Director-GeneralN.Y. Times)

Addenda!?: I recall seeing some pictures of Abraham De Peyster statue elsewhere, other than shown at Hanover Square in the NY Times. It was formally located in Bowling Green as shown in this photo (and others):

Source: Citynoise.org blog: Old New York in Colour – Part 1 – Downtown

In blog DAG Tech “The history of Bowling Green, New York City”:

Monuments installed in the park in the 19th century include two fountains (now gone) and a statue of New York’ first mayor, Abraham De Peyster by George Bissell, which was moved to nearby Hanover Square in 1976.

Today It’s described at the Green Apple Tour: A History Tour of Lower Manhattan and to Governor’s Island

Bowling Green was originally established in 1733 and rented to serve for such purposes as a cattle market. In front of the park is the famous Charging Bull sculpture. The park has a water fountain and plenty of benches and chairs to sit down. This park also able to users who want to connect wirelessly to the Internet for free. www.nycgovparks.org

GREAT MISCHIEF Locations Today: Downtown New York City

The old Customs House—in 1759 the site of Fort George—is seen from the north through the trees of Bowling Green. Broadway is on the left. The Charging Bull was added in 1989.

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09/16/2011 at 10:27 am

Photographers revisit 9/11; ‘It was that horrific’ – msnbc

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"Chuck" Scarborough of WNBC in NYC said a day or two before the 9/11 ceremony, that instead of a day of remembrance perhaps it should remain a day of "infamy". It makes sense to apply it so, though I think it also requires we remember that there may be other information we need to know. In regards to the attack on Pearl Harbor the honorable Senator from Arkansas, Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway, thought too "gut reaction", decided not to vote for the declaration of war after the attack, so stating in her speech, which required some research and "archaeology" to retrieve in the late 1980s. I looked at a researcher’s work at The Mainichi Daily News, the Japanese press, him or her, not Japanese, who was surprised how little research was done by both countries in regards to the time immediately preceding that WWII "infamy". In that research a translation of a "declaration of war" was never transcribed as the Japanese transcribers were at a funeral "outside the beltway" on an unusually warm December day and the pastor’s eulogy went on for over two hours, the research asserts. I imagine therefore some other history might have occurred, long story short. In any case, we need better language translations, I’m given to understand we still have less than the digits on our hands for Arabic in the FBI.

– Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:57 AM EDT

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09/13/2011 at 3:57 pm

Dan Rather: A History Lesson

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My dad, a later Army enlistee, fifth of his brothers served in Italy. WWII was difficult to understand and what helped was television­. In the South Bronx, before Saturday cartoons, "The Big Picture" with footage of WWII, was on before "Modern Farmer." Outside, "the projects" the wrecking ball, swung at former houses. Under them, the US Capitol Dome was forged for President Lincoln. The Third Ave. El still stood and ran for a few more years, "legend" has the demolished scrap in Manhattan sold to the Japanese, who fired it back.

From the turbulent Korean War and into the "Vietnam War" era, a cousin, George Murray, became a director of "Huntley and Brinkley" and at NBC, in Saigon and Houston ("War and Space") became an award-winn­ing news producer, a­ccording to his friend, Edwin Newman. The noted news journalist and writer read a Mr. Murray’s letter at the eulogy in the UN Chapel, cancelling by higher-ups­, the "common soldiers view" of Vietnam he had reporters working on. Mr. Murray last efforts was producing for CBS both party’s convention­s of 1976.

Sept.11, 2001 I listened to a NJ music station that put on callers describing what they saw from across the Hudson River. Later I witnessed the large Johnson & Johnson wound research center close over a letter, also in the local press, nearby on a flood study of the Raritan River in Bridgewate­r, NJ. In the "anthrax" case, many are convinced they did not get, the "right guy".

Dan Rather: A History Lesson  – Huffington Post

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09/09/2011 at 4:24 pm

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