Sunday, September 10, 2006

There Are No Words

20 comments:

Lex said...

What a gorgeous city-scape. I love cities. And the ones that have what I consider the best of both worlds (amazing opportunities to connect with nature) are the absolute best.

I am in LOVE with Seattle. My friend from San Francisco insists that if I love Seattle, I'll be ga-ga for San Fran.

DC is a nice city. It has beautiful places (monuments, the Mall, etc.) but it lacks opportunities for me to look out of the window and KNOW there is a God. I need those moments at least weekly.

Beautiful.

odat said...

thank you!

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I love this picture because it portrays New York as a fairyland, an aspect often overlooked in its muscularity and dynamic energy. And it shows the Towers, along with the Brooklyn Bridge, as just part of the scenery, which it was before 9-11 turned it into the symbolic heart of a nation.

I was last in Washington in 1963 when Dr. King gave his famous speech to over 200,000 marchers. It's hard to think of that city as a community where people live because of the monuments and government buildings. And I'm not sure that God resides there these days, which may explain the void from your window.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Thank you, too.

Lex said...

I'm embarassed that I completely missed that this was NYC.

It's really sad that I don't even look for the old skyline anymore. NYC is unrecognizable to me without the towers. Driving in is horrible. It doesn't take my breath away like it used to.

UGH.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I grew up on Long Island before the Twin Towers were built, so I still remember the skyline when the Empire State Building was the tallest anywhere.

And I'm sure you WOULD love San Francisco. Call me when you get here!

katrice said...

Purty!

heartinsanfrancisco said...

"New York, New York -

I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps."

skan said...

beautiful pic!
can i take it?

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Sure. I'll raise you one Brooklyn Bridge with Twin Towers for one Trevi Fountain and one Arco di Constantine.

Have you been to NYC? I've visited Rome, and it's a wondrous city in a beautiful country.

jali said...

The first time I rode into the city after the tragedy was heartbreaking. The city had changed forever and I could hardly bear the drive. I was on the NJ side of the river exiting the turnpike and headed for the tunnel - it struck me like a heart attack - despite all the television coverage the sight of the broken skyline brought tears to my eyes.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

"The broken skyline" expresses it perfectly. Of course we mourn the people who died tragically that day, but a city is an entity, too. Especially a city like New York, which has always had a discernible heartbeat and is literally the breath of life to so many.

When New Yorkers refer to "the city," there is no doubt which city they mean, no matter where they are, because to New Yorkers, there is only one city.

skan said...

domenico from rome here...
see you soon

Christina_the_wench said...

Beautiful... never been there but wanna so go to a Broadway show. =)

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Skan, I was so excited when I saw that someone in Italy had written to my blog. Then I found the exact same comment from you to at least a half dozen other blogs that I read.

I guess you're trying to increase traffic to your own blog, but how disappointing. I thought I was special, and all those other people must have thought they were, too.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Christina!

One of the things I miss most about NY is theatre. It's just not the same anywhere else.

I hope you get to go to some great shows soon. And please save me a seat.

djn said...

That's beautiful. Absolutely!

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I think the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the world's most beautiful. And the city at night is like a necklace of diamonds. This picture makes me homesick.

Anonymous said...

Being here for 9/11 as opposed to San Francisco where I've lived for the past 10 years was very very sad. Kids in my daughter's school have lost parents, and there is a heavy air of sadness.

Thanks for the beautiful pic.

urban-urchin
(stupid beta blogger won't let me comment any more...)

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Urchin,

Being in New Jersey must really bring home what happened. So many people are living with a deep sadness that will never go away.

It must be very scary for a six-year old to grapple with the fact that other children have lost their parents. Good luck and hugs to both of you.