“Where were you on September 11, 2001?”
Everyone, of a certain age, has a story.
And so it begins.
Nine years after that first unimaginable Tuesday morning, Keith Michael, from his West Village neighborhood, noticed the new One World Trade Center construction finally growing above the surrounding buildings of downtown Manhattan. With his cell phone camera, he unintentionally snapped the beginning of a three-year documentation of the emotionally freighted tower rising.
For 1000 days, nearly every morning from September 11, 2010 to September 11, 2013, while walking his Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Millie, he took the same photograph from the same spot along the Hudson River. As the tower soared and assumed its place in the New York City skyline, photographing the tower generated its own cathartic momentum.
Whether shimmering above a salt marsh from 25 miles away in Freeport, Long Island or caught as a reflected mirage in another glass tower across the street, One World Trade Center has become a tacit bystander on which to bestow our collective histories and aspirations.
One World Trade Center.
This is one history—one very personal view.
314 pages. 1,177 color photographs.
KEITH MICHAEL is a self-taught urban naturalist and photographer, an avid birder and a dedicated explorer of the New York City metropolitan area. Mr. Michael leads New York City WILD! and Hudson River Park WILD! nature walks, has written "Once Around the Block: A Birder's Year in the West Village" and "1000 Days: World Trade Center Rising" and is a regular contributor to WestView News: The Voice of the West Village. The West Village portion of Hudson River Park is home turf for daily walks with his Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Millie. When not adventuring in the city and taking photographs, Mr. Michael has choreographed "The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies", "GOOSE!" and "The Nutcracker" for New York Theatre Ballet and is the Production Coordinator for Dance at The Juilliard School.
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER A Birder's Year in the West Village Published September 01, 2014
Once Around the Block Published July 21, 2013