Remembering 9/11 in my favorite NYC neighborhood

I was in NYC two days ago visiting my sister who was there for work.

As luck would have it, she was staying near my favorite neighborhood — Brooklyn Heights — backdrop for the movie Moonstruck.

It was the perfect summer night, with the faintest whisper of fall in the air. We walked to the East River promenade and saw…

Brooklyn Bridge2

 … the Brooklyn Bridge, the neighborhood centerpiece.

WTCAnd across the way, the so-called Tribute in Light shining from lower Manhattan, in memory of those who perished in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center 12 years ago.

Another place I once called home. Even after a dozen years, still can’t come to grips with the fact that that world is gone. But the beacons — poignant and defiant — filled that emotional void ever so slightly.

Of all the neighborhoods I’ve lived in in the Apple, Brooklyn Heights has always been it for me. A village in the middle of the city. Lots of greenery, gracious brownstones — and that view of Manhattan, which was always great, but never as grand as the other night.

(BTW, for more information on all of the 9/11 memorials, if you’re contemplating a visit: here, here and here.)


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