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Friday, January 14, 2011

Reflections from the Freedom Tower

Crossing, World Trade Center
Photo by myself near the World Trade Center, at Vesey and Church Streets.

Loads of people wait to cross the street Wednesday morning, held back by police tape. When the light changes color, the police let go of the tape and everyone is allowed to cross.

Each time I've been on this block, there's been a large crowd waiting to cross. When it finally does, the scene is a couple hairs shy of a stampede.

Vesey Street is the main route to the PATH station, next to the World Trade Center site. The PATH trains run below the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey.

In the background is the Freedom Tower, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. The tower will be 82 stories tall and should be completed by 2013. Parts of the glass facade are up, causing bright reflections.

For more information, see the Freedom Tower Wikipedia page which posts ongoing progress photos.

Related posts: Salvaged from the World Trade Center, Night View at the World Trade Center and A Work in Progress.

6 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

Follow Becky in the white coat and you'll get safely across the crosswalk!
Sorry about ALL your SNOW! Are you using SNOWshoes around town??

Terry B, Blue Kitchen said...

Curious about the police tape, Kitty. Do the police have to routinely use it at this intersection to keep people from crossing against the light?

Lily Hydrangea said...

I wonder if the glare from the glass will be an issue in the future?
I love your "...the scene is a couple hairs shy of a stampede."
; )

ShutterYakLady said...

Interesting post! I enjoyed it.

Kitty said...

Ha Leif!
Yes, I was hiding behind Becky, wearing my knee high boots!

Hi Terry,
Yes, the police tape is typical at this crosswalk, which is very busy and a bit dangerous. Policemen hold up the tape to keep ambitious pedestrians from stepping out and hindering traffic. They drop the tape when the light changes.

Hi Lily
I think it was the time of day (morning) that made this glare especially bad. Hopefully it won't be an issue later on!

Thanks SYL!

mheidelberger said...

This is one crazy stretch of walkway, I don't have to NJ very often, but the last time I had to go to Hoboken, I used the PATH to get their during the morning rush, I found myself going against the grain with all the other commuters.