Showing posts with label Ground Zero. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ground Zero. Show all posts

Friday, September 11, 2015

Never Forget: September 11, 2001

Things are taking shape at Ground Zero, finally. The grounds are beautiful. I haven't had the courage yet for listening to the recordings of people on planes at the new museum. But the view is great from the high office floors of the new Freedom Tower.

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Security Hero Who Predicted 9/11

Watch this History Channel program about Rick Rescorla, a Vietnam veteran who ran security at Morgan Stanley offices in one of the towers of the World Trade Center. 
After the 1993 bombings at the World Trade Center that left many people gasping for air, Rescorla took security and evacuations to a new level. He and his friends, interviewed for this documentary, discussed the possibility of an air attack before 9/11 happened.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Glass in the Heat

Deep bass from an electronic keyboard plunked by Philip Glass is filling the hot air in Rockefeller Park near Ground Zero.
The cause is the composer Glass' 75th birthday. His piece "Glassworks" was first. Then, from 1984, "Civil Wars Part II" started the formal program by the Philip Glass Ensemble.
The sun is setting, and it's cooling to sit barefoot in the grass next to the Hudson River. A nice way to end a searing day in New York City!
Tomorrow in Times Square at 6:30 p.m., hundreds are invited to participate in a public choral work.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

St. Nick @ Ground Zero

The chilly St. Nicholas Feastday vespers at Ground Zero in Manhattan on December 5, 2010. I hid under my scarf, but the cameraman found me. Note the melted bell and waterlogged book and icon.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mosque v. St. Nick

The mosque to be built two blocks from Ground Zero has created a national fury.
But the only house of worship destroyed on September 11, 2001, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, remains in ashes. I try here to stick to explanatory facts - all links provide background.
Near Liberty Street 9/11/2008 by Dimitra
The church belongs to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese based in Manhattan, but the party in power is the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls much Ground Zero land. The church waited to rebuild on promises of a larger piece of adjacent property. Talks stalled. Fox News offers this summary and Former Gov. George Pataki is among the politicians crying foul.
The church accuses the Port Authority of reneging on a multi-million dollar land swap, and excavating the church site without permission.
Port Authority spokespeople told the Wall Street Journal that "the church has the right to rebuild at any time" and told Fox News they offered up to $60 million toward reconstruction, but the church wanted more. The archdiocese, represented by Fr. Mark Arey, told Fox News "that is not true. The church never declined an offer from the Port Authority." Then the church issued a press release saying the Port Authority et al "excavated the original site without our consent, rendering it unusable, in flagrant violation of our legal rights."  The Port Authority told Fox News it will pay fair market value for the land underneath the church.
This brings us back to the mosque's legal right to renovate on private property, the position held by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a recent press conference in the New York harbor. Standing in support was Greek Orthodox Archdiocese representative Fr. Alexander Karloutsos. He is an archdiocese liaison to the Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul, Turkey. The Patriarch told 60 Minutes he feels "crucified" by the lack of religious freedom in Turkey. On August 15, for instance, Turkish authorities allowed the Soumela Monastery to hold a service for the first time in 90 years.
Score 1: Turkish church, 0 American church. More to come.

Notes:
* This 2008 seminarian video offers some perspective on the site and what parish priest Fr. John Romas expected at the time.
* The New York times wrote on hopes for a new building in 2007 and talks falling apart in 2009.
* The St. Nicholas Church Website.
* A Port Authority press release that says agreement was reached by both sides, in 2008.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Sept. 11, 2009

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America held a memorial service today at Ground Zero in New York on the site of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which has not been rebuilt due to real estate politics, despite substantial donations. It was the only religious building destroyed in the 9/11 attacks; the archdiocese 9/11 Website has a budget and design plan.
Because our offices have moved to Midtown, this is the first year we didn't watch the memorial service live or wander past the flower-strewn aftermath.

These are photos I took on Sept. 11, 2008 on Liberty Street, near our former World Financial Center office and the firehouse that lost many men.