This sticker, simply put, is worthy of inclusion in the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. It dates to 2002, and survives on the door of a TriBeCa store that is a block or so away from the World Trade Center.
When this sticker was affixed a decade ago, the neighborhood was still shell-shocked — it captures a moment after 9/11 that is hard to describe. The grief and shock over the attack’s barbarity and human toll mingled with a deep desire to erase the scar on the skyline.
Stickers of this sort were visible on car bumpers all around the New York area in the months after 9/11, along with the American flags affixed to cars.
Today, the sticker sits in the shadow of the new 1 World Trade Center, surrounded by a thriving, vibrant neighborhood that only the rosiest of optimists could have imagined in 2002.
That, of course, also presents an argument to keep the sticker just where it is.
Text and photos: Rolando Pujol
A touching juxtaposition: AT&T’s 9/11 memorial, and the new tower replacing the lost twins in the sky
The mammoth AT&T switching center, at 33 Thomas Street in TriBeCa, has a bold memorial to 9/11 at the plaza level, with the “ones” representing the silhouette of the lost Twin Towers.
As I walked by this week, it was impossible not to notice that, towering above this memorial sign, is the building that has replaced the Twin Towers in the skyline, One World Trade Center.
The juxtaposition is subtle, easy to miss if you’re shuffling to the office or lunch, but nonetheless touching if you stop and contemplate what’s going on here.
Text and photo: Rolando Pujol