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How I fell in love w the Twin Towers as buildings (before 9-11 fades for this year)

I was in the Art & Architectural division of a College as an Art student. I also loved Architecture from a young age, so I often hung out with those students as well. I watched them being built from not so far away less than about 2 miles at the edge of The East Village.

They were slagged! I wasn't totally fond of them, but I didn't hate them either.
The best joke was "they were the Boxes that the real buildings came in!" Still a pretty funny joke.

So how did this come to pass? It started by me working there in the South Tower (#2) for 49 weeks from Sept '80 through mid-late Aug '81. They were soooo tall! On the Monday I started through that Thurs I got out of my subway train car, and walked southward underground toward the WTC's massive hustling, bustling, and pretty cool Concourse. I went in there, found my building, and took two elevators to the 73rd flr to the Northeast Corner's big office.

I had no trouble going right to the north windows first time on mid-morning break to look outward (what a view!) then down (what a drop!). Still, it took me till that same week's Friday to actually go outside of the subway station on to the street by one of the complex's smaller buildings (#'s 3, 4, 5, 6 + hotel), march halfway across the Plaza to look up - take a deep breath, and then go inside.
It was that unnerving to me at first! In fact the smaller buildings were actually 10 stories high. I had no idea since The Towers we're almost 10x's taller. I thought they were about 4-5 stories.

What made me fall in love over time was how they became canvases for the sky, light, and clouds. They were clad in white marble which would take on the color s of the sky at different times of the day, evening, white, yellow's, orange, light and vivid pinks, blues changing from light to dark, to black silouettes. And greys on the cloudy . The narrow uninterrupted strips of window glass would reflect sky, and clouds. The fact that there were
two of them made then extra special.

Everyday a changing canvas of light, color, and spaciousness!

The fact that there were two them increased this sense of space they "enclosed", and yet it also to me sent that special space beyond it's you boundaries.

Finally one of the most glorious views was looking up at them in just the right way, and time. While I took a bunch of photos over time out the north and east windows from our high perch this other circumstance was amazing.
From a certain area on the ground (in the Plaza) on a very sunny day (?Spring - Summer) facing west, and bit south you would have the the South Tower (#2) to your left, the North Tower (#1) to your right, and you'd be standing at a centered angle between them.

When you gazed upwards like you might do when seeing a big, puffy cloud fairly high in the sky with the sun behind but near an upper edge. How the rays of light would burst out in beams from behind it?!
Well The Towers did something similar. You'd be seeing the cast of shadowed light fron each building from above, and at each side of you. Those parts of the sky were a mid sky blue. While from where you stood and above in between the towers a lighter blue perhaps tinging towards a lighter green because of the sunlight - it could have even "felt" palish yellow the sunlit sky burst between the buildings eastwards to Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island.

It was majestic! My wonderful, beautiful Twin 💖 Towers!

Posted by electric_blue68 | Sun Sep 13, 2020, 09:30 PM (29 replies)

Yes the fact that he articulated....

his understanding quite clearly. He knew the basic details of the danger, transmission etc
Posted by electric_blue68 | Thu Sep 10, 2020, 01:31 AM (1 replies)

Awww, thanks! It was a looong time ago! ...

Though just reading yours and Hortense posts after mine...

I will add maaaybe waaay underneath that all the literaly explosive anti-"riot" stuff being used could add a percentage or 2 of distress that are pinging that memory.

And, it wasn't my first bomb scare.
Thinking about it - fairly unusual for a middle class white woman in America...

I have a theory about the following one which came to me I guess 30 yrs later...

Back in 1967 (or 66) my NYC JHS had a bomb scare. We were marched outside across the street.
My theory: 1) the wider area I lived in then had a lot of Anti-Castro Cubans who had left Cuba 2) My JHS was 1 of only 4 in all of the 5 Burroughs that offered Russian as a third "Foreign" Language course.
Equals = Russia's support for Cuban = bomb scare.

(Unless it was a prank, but only time it ever happened while I was there)

Posted by electric_blue68 | Thu Jul 23, 2020, 06:39 PM (0 replies)

How cool is that. While I wasn't in Paris on Bastille day...

... when my Aunt, myself, and one of her grandkids in a taxi on the way to our hotel - I'd read more French history, and looked at Google maps of Paris for weeks before I flew to Europe (to Switzerland in the French section). I knew about Bastille Day and had celebrated it here in NYC!
I got chills when we passed by the monument & statue commemorating the site!

A belated Bastille Day to our French DU Internationals, and our French-Americans!

Liberté, Fraternité & Egalité! 💖 🗼
Posted by electric_blue68 | Wed Jul 15, 2020, 01:08 AM (0 replies)

Think I went down the whole pg. The more the more power. : )

Posted by electric_blue68 | Tue Jul 14, 2020, 08:47 PM (0 replies)

Aaawwww. Sez this NYC'r... : )

Yeah, I can be a loud, opinionated New Yorker.

I'm also in general one of most courtesy minded people you'll meet.
When I'm not rushing to an appointment etc something really time sensitive - I love welcoming meeing people who are first time, or on a return visit to NYC. Helping them if they need it, and I can.
Sometimes I even ask about them visiting if I'm nearby a group speaking in another language that look like visitors. A lot of fun!

I had so much fun doing a cross-country, and 2/3rds cross-country in '79, '80, and I met so many good, helpful people- I want to pay it forward.

Waaay later I got to Europe by the grace of family. Met lots of nice, and helpful people! (Pssst... even in Paris, France contrary to some people's experiences! . )
Posted by electric_blue68 | Mon Jul 13, 2020, 06:27 PM (0 replies)

As an NYC'r I got teary eyed on seeing....

... that news!
Thanks from us NYC'rs for your kind words!

Being mindful that any death from this illness will shatter the worlds of that person's circle(s). Hopefully we'll never go back to those horrific numbers ever again! Maybe, hopefully small to modest upticks only, if that.

At 67, I gotta mostly lay low till a good vaccine. Even if I'd been younger I'd still have taken the precautions that I do now! I will get to a nice big park soonish since last early fall. Hopefully going toTrader Joe's (quite out of my nabe) for the first time in 4 months on Weds.

I have friends around the country doing the right things in areas that haven't, so I'm scared for them.
Of course, worried for myself, family and friends here (and close Tri-State), but at least the numbers are down!

Good Luck to us all!
Posted by electric_blue68 | Mon Jul 13, 2020, 05:43 PM (0 replies)

As a born & bred NYC'r I am.....



It came up as a News alert in the afternoon on my cell.

Oh, the CP5? HAHAAAhaaahaa! THAT really has to stick it to him!

Posted by electric_blue68 | Thu Jul 9, 2020, 11:07 PM (0 replies)

Oh NOooos!!11!1111 As a NYC'r I just want to say...


As born & bred NYC'r who's despised him for a looong time I'm so full of JOY about this!!!!!!

It totally gets to him! Hahahahaaaaaa!
Posted by electric_blue68 | Thu Jul 9, 2020, 09:08 PM (0 replies)

No, it doesn't because...

...this white woman pulls an effin' gun on this unarmed black family. A GUN!

Unacceptable!!! 😠
Posted by electric_blue68 | Thu Jul 2, 2020, 05:44 PM (1 replies)
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