Ground Zero, New York City
SINCE THE 9/11/01 ATTACKS ON NEW YORK, THE CRIME RATE HAS BEEN DOWN AND YOU MIGHT BE SAFE IN MOST OF MANHATTAN DEPENDING WHERE YOU ARE. IT IS NOT TO SAY NOTHING WILL HAPPEN TO YOU THOUGH.
GANG VIOLENCE AND MUGGINGS AREN'T UNCOMMON HOWEVER ESPECIALLY IN THE HARLEM, BRONX, AND JAMAICA QUEENS AREAS OF NEW YORK SO ARE THEREFORE BEST AVOIDED.
BUT ON TOP OF IT ALL, NOTHING HAPPENED TO ME DURING MY TIME IN NEW YORK.
QUITE ALOT OF VISITS TO NEW YORK ARE TROUBLE FREE.
Ground Zero is the former site of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed tragically on September 11, 2001, causing a substantial loss of life and a profound sense of loss. Many people feel the need to visit Ground Zero for many reasons. While this is permissible, albeit highly controversial to New Yorkers, it is important to remember that this is a gravesite and a place of loss and not a tourist attraction.
I visited Ground Zero in 2004 and was shocked at the t-shirt sales, panhandling and, worst of all, tourist smiling and posing for pictures in front of the closed off site. It is likely that this activity will dissipate with time and, especially, once construction on a new building begins. But this scene is offensive to many New Yorkers, for reasons which seem pretty obvious. Those visiting Ground Zero should keep in mind that this area is the place where many people's loved ones are buried as the result of a tragedy. Pictures should be taken elsewhere.
I've heard from a colleague who also recently visited NYC that, at the moment anyways, the WTC isn't really visible to the public because it's behind a big barrier. She tried to climb up a nearby ledge or something to get a better look, but a nearby policeman told her to get down. So if you're short on time and trying to decide which site to cut out of your itinerary, maybe this is the one...?? We didn't end up seeing the WTC ourselves.
People look out of the burning North tower of the World Trade Center. Shortly after this photo was taken this tower fell.
A person falls headfirst after jumping from the north tower of the World Trade Center. It was a horrific sight that was repeated in the moments after the planes struck the towers.
In New York before 9/11 you could tell you were in New York for several reasons, one of those reasons was the striking skyline with its singular Twin Towers. We all need to be aware of world terrorism, it does not only strike in Israel, but in the US, France, England, Indonesia, Germany and many other places around the world. Most of the terrorist groups claim to be "fighting for freedom" or some other reason, but the indiscriminate killing of innocents can only be termed cowardice in the worst way. Many times terrorists do not even strike in the country they claim they are trying to free or support, let them "go home" and wreck their cowardly deeds there if they wish, but NO HUMAN should support them in any way.
Today there stands in place of the 100 story buildings, a memorial, a silent reminder of what was.
It is a sad time for New York...but this site is something that we as people do not need to repeat...donating blood is doing something...you do not have to live in New York to feel the Impact..and it is apparent that the whole world has banned together...
Foreigners and Americans should be aware they now have no civil liberties as a result of the US Patriot Act.
You and your home can be searched at anytime without a warrant. E-mail is not private and your computer can be
searched and confiscated.
Not only does Uncle Sam want your money, but so does NY State
There is nothing to fear my freinds.
The New York Police Department is a famous police department often dramatized in movies and popular television shows. All over the city you will see hats and shirts with NYPD on them. During my visit they were present all over the place whether it was in cars, on foot, in helicopters and even horses.
I got the feeling at least that security is much tighter in New York than it would have been prior to 9/11. Out at the Statue of Liberty you will find Park police as well. During my visit to the Statue of Liberty there was a 5 minute period where we counted 6 helicopters in the area at once! I am not sure what was up?
I wanted to see Ground Zero and you can see the construction, cranes, pipes and it is still fenced off in June 2003.
There are people selling NYFD t-shirts at stands on the streets also.
Here is a view today..
Manhattan the security is real. You can find a cop each two or three blocks away, no more, specially in the midtown and downtown. I came from Spain and in theory Europe is more secure than New York, but it´s not true. Manhattan is safe and there are more cops and security than mean capitals of Europe like Madrid, Paris, London or Roma (I was in all of them).
My only complain is about the trash and filth on the streets. New Yorkers should improve it.
THE DAY WHEN THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN!
== Courtesy of american and finnish news agencies
I VISITED 'GROUND ZERO' A WEEK AFTER THE ATTACK TO TRY TO SOOTHE AWAY SOME OF THE ANGUISH I WAS FEELING...
Here is another picture of the area where the twin towers once stood.
It is still an unforgettable site to see.