I have been an intermittent visitor to New York City since the '60s and was ever impressed by the vibrancy and energy of this astounding metropolis. For me therefore, 9/11/2001 became one of those rare and indelible moments that I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing.
In the 15-1/2 years since that day, the memorial site in lower Manhattan seemed at times to have lost its way and thus was high on our agenda for an update. What we found was well worth the visit. The first of several new buildings, One World Observatory, is up and occupied, standing at 1776 feet in height. It anchors one corner of an 8 acre park-like area shaded by 353 white oak trees - one for each lost firefighter. The park includes two one acre man-made waterfalls, a huge symbolic dove taking flight and the whole forms the roof of the underground memorial museum, A triumph in planning, design and execution. Check out some pictures here.