Sunday, June 20, 2010
"The mind is everything. What you think you become." -- Buddha
All the photos above are shot from the New York University (NYU) law school campus.
Four days in the great city of New York last week validated for me how right it was to want to form a company that would allow me to travel and to continue to learn. I was invited to join 74 other public and private sector leaders at NYU for a global summit on the topic of preparedness. We worked roughly 12 hour days on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday, we toured two remarkable emergency operations centers, and then were dropped in the downtown financial district for lunch. I chose to walk over to the site of the emerging World Trade Center.
Though it's been nearly nine years since 9/11, the buildings are only now coming up out of the ground.
I could not get close enough to shoot down into what had previously been a hole. The energy crackles now from the site, approachable only as close as across the street.
I walked across to peer through one of these viewing holes, but was waved off by construction workers.
Scale is everything in New York, both grand and intimate.
On the way back into Manhattan from Jersey City, we passed a restored St. Paul's Church, one of two iconic symbols of 9/11. This is the other, Trinity Church, the oldest Church of England building in America. At lunchtime, its adjoining graveyard converts into a remarkable park/lunch area for Wall Street workers.
It's peaceful and lively at the same time.
This is my last shot as I left New York, amazed and energized by both the landscape and the resilence that is the city. Everything is possible.
Posted by Annie Searle at 1:39 PM