This is my final photo from the National 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero. I wanted to include this point of view because you can see the newly-opened museum directly behind the reflecting pool. It opened to the public on May 21, 2014.
Although this modern structure is the visible face of the museum, the exhibits are actually housed seven floors beneath ground level. You walk down a ramp to slowly make your way to them. The reason for having everything below ground is so the underground remains of the World Trade Center could be incorporated into the museum design. Once inside you can see the actual foundation slabs and retaining walls of the original towers.
The museum houses artifacts from that terrible day, oral histories of survivors and those who lost loved ones, as well as photos of all the people who perished. The remains of 1,115 still-unidentified victims have also been placed there. Housing the remains underground in the museum has created a lot of controversy. Some family members believe that it's the appropriate place for them, while others feel that the remains should not be hidden away in the same place where the victims so violently lost their lives that day.
I'm also including a photo of the north reflecting pool in a WS. The structure that you see behind that pool is the base of the new One World Trade Center.
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batalay (38901) 2014-08-10 21:30
As usual, you've provided a fascinating note to accompany this photo. The scale is much greater than I had originally expected, but in with your photos and notes the area gains perspective in scale... and in gravity.
Noel_Byrne (31414) 2014-08-11 13:28
A powerful image and powerful note, this offers such an amazing sen of scale of the waterfalls and reinforces the scale of the devastation that rocked the world that day. The people are so small, and a great idea to include the museum in the background like that.
To your note, it's an interesting question and I can see both sides opinions very clearly. I would guess for me that if I wanted to visit a loved one who died in such a way, I would wish to do it in a place of peace and serenity and as beautiful as this dedication in engineering is, I feel that somehow it will never be a place of true peace, there are too many memories here, and ones that still bring many to tears. Great post, thanks for sharing.
mirosu (16265) 2014-08-14 2:59
Excellent architectural photo. nice close-up in perfect light, very good clarity. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions.
Very well done.
jcpix (13930) 2014-08-20 17:19
Impossible to overlook the meaning and heartfelt emotion behind this memorial site, but I'm leaning on the details of this shot more than the previous. What a great point of view to emphasize the sheer size and space. And then to have the backdrop of the museum and skyscrapers is a super collection of geometric shapes and detail. So much has changed since I was last there in '07, this will have a big impact once I return to see it in person. The people lined along the middle of the frame give a tremendous sense of scale to the entire frame, this has been well composed and once again respectfully presented.
On a lighter note, please feel free to take some of this summer heat off our hands. :) Fortunately I haven't been negatively affected by any of the monsoon storms in the part of the valley I live, but the storm yesterday really did some damage in the Northwest. I even heard today that it made the news in Germany. Crazy weather we have here! Enjoy those cooler temps of yours, winter will be here soon. Mwhahaha! Take care.
macjake (68420) 2014-08-21 4:52
how's the summer heat in NYC these days? muggy? and wind to cool it down? I hear NY can be kinda hot in August/Sept!
i like that they added 'life' by placing many trees around the area too, i think that was a smart idea.
for some reason it would look colder without those trees, don't you think?
and yes its unfortuneate, but when you're dealing with such a loss as this, there will be controversy.
I've really enjoyed these shots, because as you know we were here when this site was JUST being completed. so we didn't get the chance to see it.
a site to see for sure next time, including the Museum.
hope all is well!
Sergiom (80608) 2014-08-21 6:21
Un monument qui parle par lui-même. Le world Trade laisse un grand vide dans le ciel NewYorkais et c'est l'impression que cette structure très bien photographiée laisse.
mesutilgim (95378) 2014-09-07 11:05
Also this one from the 9/11 Memorial in NY is very good. Good pov of the site backed with the modern architecture of NY and crowds visiting the site.
TFS and best regards
COSTANTINO (65742) 2014-09-07 11:08
Hello dear friend
breathtaking capture from this point of view
we can see the newly opened museum directly
behind the reflecting pool
your notes are very impressive and useful
for me showing this powerful image
have a nice new week
Oceania (5202) 2014-09-15 5:48
I have been to New York after 9/11, but before this Memorial was built.
This architecture was uniquely designed, and you present it perfectly to us--excellent in POV. Thanks for sharing.
bona (13737) 2014-09-17 13:27
when I was there the museum was closed and not well completed. Nice to see the final result. I really like the mirror glass windows of it. I think it is a good place to take reflection photos.
The most I like in this memorial are the many green trees. how is this place in winter?
hifimusicday (271) 2014-11-13 18:51
Hi Brenda, you have managed to capture much of the location in this shot. I was there almost two years ago after Hurricane Sandy. It wasn't finished at that time but it was till very impressive. The crowds help to emphasize the size of this area.
mcmtanyel (23253) 2014-12-20 21:50
One always remembers what one was doing when 9/11 happened. I was in Sioux Center, IA on my 5-minute commute to a department meeting. NPR was on and the lady said a small plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. My first thought was, "I'm afraid this is not an accident." When I came out of the department meeting, TVs had popped up everywhere on campus and people were watching the footage of the second plane striking the South Tower being shown over and over.
Were you in NYC when it happened?
This is one place that I want to see next time I am in NYC.