THERE’S not much for me to add in terms of discourse to today and the events of the past few weeks. No local spin, other than maybe the picture above and what the numbers signify. At the time LICtalk first broke the story the number read 1237, a span which felt like an eternity, especially considering that there was a better than even chance another 1400+ could have been tacked onto it.
Yet here we are, a new beginning. And hopefully in the final stages of the darkness brought on by the pandemic. With the potential for rebirth in mind, I’ll share an intriguing thought I had over the recent holidays while skating at Wollman Rink in the middle of Central Park.
Given the time of year the venue was understandably filled to its 50%-reduced capacity, therefore many skaters left their backpacks, bags, shoes etc. strewn about under and on top of the outdoor tables. Sometimes watched over by a non-participant, more often than not unattended. In contemplating this scenario, I couldn’t help but think how far we’ve come in the years since 9/11. The passage of time and the reversion to normal and decent behavior has allowed us to become comfortable enough to drop – in the middle of a heavily trafficked and if-New-Jersey-counts touristed site in midtown Manhattan – the ‘If you see something, say something’ mindset. Hopefully over the next 20 years time, and reversion, will wash away the recent past.
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