If you’ve visited New York, you’ve wondered why one of the country’s oldest cities always looks like it is still being built. Since living here for a little more than a year, I have heard of a lot of mixed feelings toward the scaffolding that is shifting from block to block, in a never-ending cycle. The team behind the ODD NY vimeo channel have a great new animation paying homage to the metal webs of construction as the third installment in their series on New York. The narrator perfectly encapsulates the New York I know with the final lines,”This city is going to be great one day. Whenever it’s finished.”
I’m going to start by sharing that I was living in New York City on 9/11/01 and was one of the many who witnessed the event not on TV, but in person. In fact, I watched the first plane hit from the same view as the Harry Met Sally clip at minute 1:47 of this commemorative movie montage.
That said, on the ten year anniversary of 9/11 which falls this weekend, I am not only going to take a moment to remember the loss of so many lives on that once sunny Fall day. I will also be mourning the destruction of the buildings that completed the iconic New York city skyline.
Like the director of this short film, Dan Meth, I truly miss the Twin Towers. I want to draw them in to pictures of New York rather than erase them. I feel there is reason to celebrate the 33 years the World Trade Center graced the sky with its monstrous height and design. And what better way to do that, then through film.