The World Trade Center


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                                                                       World Trade Center


Amid all the heavy rains, flooding and storms yesterday, I decided to take a trip with my son to Manhattan and walk around the World Trade Center.  Whether a rainy, or a sunny day, one cannot ignore the ominous feeling of what occurred here almost 16 years ago on September 11th

With all the people walking around, I was struck by the quiet, peaceful feeling as many walked around these massive structures.

The World Trade Center consists of 4 Towers, the center being the “Freedom Tower.”

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                                                    4 Buildings of the World Trade Center


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                                                                         Freedom Tower


The tallest structure among the World Trade Buildings is the Freedom Tower.  Constructed with 104 stories; one cannot help taking note that the Building itself measures 1776 feet which coincides with the year 1776 that our Country signed the Declaration of Independence declaring our “Freedom”. 

If you look closely at the pictures I took of the “Freedom Tower” you can see many of the 2,000 pieces of glass, along with the triangles towards the narrowing top which are meant to act as a kaleidoscope, refracting the light from many different angles.  Note: the picture I found taken on a sunny day with the clouds mirroring themselves on each piece and triangle portraying a structural work of art.

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                                                   Freedom Tower Reflections on a Sunny Day!



Even through the heavy rains, I was able to capture the beauty of the many pieces of glass as the Tower is surrounded by the low clouds and fog. 

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                                         Freedom Tower surrounded by Clouds and Fog



A tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future — the 9/11 Memorial Plaza is a place of remembrance and an offering of hope.  The park is a contemplative sanctuary, composed of a grove of nearly 400 white oak trees where one can sit quietly and reflect on their own personal memories.  Also within this “Memorial Plaza” are two very large man made Waterfalls. Each set within the footprints of the original Twin Towers, measuring approximately 1-acre in size.   

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                                                                           Memorial Waterfalls


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                                                                       Memorial Park



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I think what touched me most was seeing the White Roses set among the nearly 3,000 names of the men, women and children lost in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993.  The display of these names is the very heart of the Memorial.

Each name is inscribed on bronze parapets surrounding the twin Memorial pools.  As one stands there viewing the names while watching the Waterfalls, there is a quiet reverence for the many lives lost, and the over 700 people who were never found or have yet to be identified.

Standing there while the heavy rains continued to fall, nothing could dampen the feelings and memories embedded within from September 11, 2001. 

The Oculus

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                                                                         Oculus Building


Serving as the centerpiece of the World Trade Center, this very bizarre structure is called “The Oculus”.  The “Oculus” is the main Transportation Center for approximately 250,000 commuters daily.  The lower level is the main hub for connecting access to trains, subways, and ferry’s in lower Manhattan.

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                                                                      Inside the Oculus Building


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                                                              My son inside the Oculus Building


Walking through this massive 800,000 square foot structure, one is also drawn to the 78,000 square feet featuring two levels of high end retail stores and many places in which to eat.  Standing in the mezzanine, these pictures taken within, are just a glance of the enormity found within this structure.  The two levels of stores can be found along the left and right of the center hall.

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                                               Manhattan behind the World Trade Center



About Pamela Baker

For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in various crafts. After crocheting for many years, recently I started designing OOAK jewelry pieces, always learning new techniques as I continued. I also have always loved to write, so I look forward to being a part of this Blog as one it's contributors. As a lifelong resident of NY, I am busy with my two shops on Etsy: MagdaleneJewels (OOAK designed jewelry items: Necklace,Bracelets, Earrings,rings): also, MagdaleneKnits (Crocheted & Knitted items for Newborns to Adults) I can also be found on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Word Press, YouTube. My Blogs are: I also intend to bring tutorials to help you develop your Shops more effectively to increase your Views and Sales on the various mediums you may be selling your work on. I am always a convo or email away if you have any specific questions I can help you with.
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11 Responses to The World Trade Center

  1. marciamckinzie says:

    Thank you, Pam! Great article and photos!

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  2. Pamela Baker says:

    Even in the heavy rain, it was such a wonderful experience. Thanks!

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  3. natashalh says:

    When I was student teaching high schoolers a few years ago, it struck me that these kids had no actual memories of 9/11. Your pointing out that it’s been almost 16 years reminded me that many of today’s high schoolers weren’t even born yet! It’s so strange to consider having such a large event you lived through being taught as history. My ‘hometown,’ although in South Carolina, was quite a mess for a couple of days. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, it was supposedly very high on the threat list because of a national nuclear research laboratory. They were on high alert for a couple of days and there was a lot of local concern/interest in the situation.

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  4. Pamela Baker says:

    Isn’t it strange that something that was such an important part of history and our own lives, that so many are unaware of the event of 9/11. The children here are still so very aware of it, perhaps because someone always knows a friend, or family member who was involved. When I was in India a few years ago, I visited a boy’s HS. They asked where I was from – when I said NY – they didn’t about NY – so I said 9/11 – they all immediately knew all about it and had so many questions about that day. I don’t know if you have ever been to the Memorial site, but it is still something that is so very emotional. Thanks for sharing your memory!


  5. Pam….your photos are amazing. A visit to the site of the World Trade Center is on my wish list. I was there several years back. Construction of the pools had not been completed but were in progress. We went to a church that had not had damage done and was a central location for many people to visit some of the memories of that fateful day. Everyone in that building were quiet and were obviously reflecting on that time. I was touched to see through your photos what I have heard so much about. Maybe I will be fortunate enough to see it all…….. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Pamela Baker says:

      Thanks Nancy – I think the Church you are referring to is the Greek Orthodox Church right across the street from the WTC- right now it is under construction. I was speaking to a guard about it – all one can see is the cross on the top. I was going to photograph it, but was distracted by so many other places to visit and reflect upon. As you mentioned, how everyone there was so quiet; it is still like that, almost like walking on “hallowed ground”. It would be wonderful if you came to NY – I would take you on a personal tour!


  6. I would love that….

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  7. BeadedTail says:

    Wonderful photos! I’m glad you were able to visit there. It’s certainly on my bucket list. I know people who’ve gone to see the memorial and see the things like the fire truck and it gives me chills just thinking about it. After all this time I still can’t wrap my head around it all.

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  8. Pamela Baker says:

    Thanks Sharla. Although I mentioned it was rainoading very heavily, but still managed to get these photos! That day is imprinted with so many memories as we could watch the smoke rising in the sky. Just seeing all the various memorials dedicated to the many lost bring back all those feelings. Hopefully you can get to NY to visit this site.


  9. Pretty Gonzo says:

    Wow! This is a great blog article, Pam! Thanks for sending me the link. I’m going to tweet this – I bet a lot of people would really appreciate this post. Your photos are ace!

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