Archive for the ‘WTC’ Category
“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.”
One proposal I saw online, which had many important people in the arts and theater as backers, was to use (but preserve) Castle Williams as a Shakespeare theater-in-the-round, akin to some he was “played” in and not unlike the “Globe” Sam Wanamaker, a once black-listed actor, helped create in London. Castle Clinton is used for concerts across the way in Manhattan, both created to form a crossfire. The “last” Coast Guard’s groundskeeper once told me, that Walt Disney, missing the boat to Governors Island, Disney was once held AWOL in Castle Williams. Maybe they’d help with some of the $! It’s also where then President Ronald Reagan last met then President Mikhail Gorbachev. Plans to the D-Day invasion were also kept in a safe on Governors Island I was told by the “last” ferry captain, before the City ownership, started as $1 sale challenge from then President William Clinton.
After the first WTC attack, bomb in a van in a parking garage, cameras went in all over downtown NYC, as an apparent "deterrent". Well, they’re still there and even more today than then. When the camera phone was introduced a large change in the everyday traffic and commerce also changed. People learn new tech and make mistakes with it too. Where were the cameras on the NYC landmark George Washington Bridge? Pointed at the traffic. It’s a long way, it seems to me, from Rutger’s University. Putting Ravi in long-term lockup won’t create legislation guaranteeing "privacy" an expectation we’re told not to have even in the Post Office replacement … e-mail. Terrible it was, but perhaps more to the motive.
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
In the article published Sunday 12/18/2011 City history, locked away: The short, unhappy life of New York Unearthed – (New York Daily News) a small museum is described which I once had a small part in at another archaeology firm which also once had an office and worked in NYC archaeology. I drew up a map as I did on other projects, of the changing outline of the island of Manhattan, the “island of hills” that has become flatter due to war, economics and planning. I had at the outset some doubt about the rest of the small museum as it involved other consultants who was working on a use of an elevator as an exhibit place for slides of the past.
I finally did visit the museum at the time working in the transfer of Governors Island to the City of New York, initially offered by then President Clinton for a symbolic payment of $1 if a good use for the facilities could be found. I was working a short week for a consultant to another archaeology firm and a backhoe for a few test trench to further explore questions in the geology and archaeology of the island’s landform. At one time it was discussed that the collections cited in this wonderfully complete article could be stored and exhibited on Governors Island, but alas, some members in Congress wanted $1/2 billion for it and various city agencies have yet to decide its plans, while apparently one would hope its upkeep is not languishing, built as it were from manufacturing no longer operating in the City.
Having therefore beat around the “nutting island” I would like to offer this: the museum was not handicap accessible from what I saw. There was a staircase down to its exhibits and the elevator as another feature instead of its intended use. My “guestimate” therefore is that I would not be surprised that like some of the “deals” made nearby for the World Trade Center, it was not up to code. Given the small space however, one could not have the elevator opening into it, the traffic would not “work”. One would hope someday, given the return of passenger cruise ships perhaps that a space could be finally created on Governors Island or in the historic Seaport district.
“NYers on 9/11 unfortunately had the double slam, that defined without question, that terrorists were seeking to punish the US in retribution for some perceived grievous error committed. If it were "eye for an eye" I hope it was not over Iran Flight 655 shot down July 3, 1988 by the USS Vincennes. It was flying to Dubai from Iran in the Persian Gulf (or "Arabian Gulf" toponym proposed).
"The largest scale fuel dumping occurred on September 11, 2001, when many international flights were refused American airspace entry due to numerous hijacking incidents. Many of these international flights were fueled for travel well into the American interior. Many such flights were diverted into Canadian airspace, Newfoundland specifically, or instructed to return to their point of origin. For those mid-flight aircraft unable to land safely due to excessive fuel weight, dumping became necessary." – Wikipedia
To turn it on its head, regular fuel dumping? Can it be stopped?”
Alec Baldwin – A 9/11 Conversation Huffington Post