New York City, NY: Freedom Rises
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Standing below the 9/11 Memorial sign, I thought of Timothy Dwight's proclamation. In 1785, the Yale poet was caught in a frenzy of nationalistic excitement at the birth of Columbia and penned the endearing words as a challenge for his countrymen to build the greatest republican empire: Here, the poet declared, Empire's last, and brightest throne shall rise; And Peace and Right, and Freedom, greet the skies.
Looking up at the stately tower, I pressed the shutter-release button on my Canon 7D; the result is the photo attached. Although I'm excited to see the completion of this super-skyscraper cluster complex, deep down, I still miss the Twins. Everyone misses the Twins.
From here, my friends and I took the train to the Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas Tree. It was my first time there. There were so many people at the ice rink. We got pushed, shoved, squeezed, and "molested" by passersby as we made our way to closer to the tree. We didn't mind because the temperature was a chilly 22-degree F. Brrr!! It was so beautiful to see it in person. The weird thing about this trip was that our tour guide is a friend from France; she's a student at NYU and knows the metro system better than any of us. LoL!
On the train from NYC to Trenton, December 18, 2011