It’s March, 2009; the 25th to be exact. Even though things have been looking economically bleak over the last year or so, and don’t seem to be going to get any better soon, New Yorkers have a lot to be thankful for. Compared to the rest of the states, the Northeastern U.S., with New York City at the forefront, has stayed relatively well during this modern-day struggle. We have many things to be thankful for, as well as to look forward to in the immediate future.
For starters, NYC has got two brand new stadiums to enjoy this year, the Mets’ Citi Field and the Bronx Bomber’s at Yankee Stadium. A new subway station just opened at South Ferry in Lower Manhattan. Brooklyn, which for a while has been thriving on mostly past history, has been given grants to improve the skyline for Manhattanites viewing it. Several high-rise condo and apartment buildings are in the works, and already make downtown Brooklyn feel more modern. Retail seems to be thriving also, because I know there are two new Targets opening this year, one in Queens, and one in the Bronx.
In 2001, well, you remember what happened. Finally, over the last few days, construction on World Trade Center Tower 1, the Freedom Tower, reached 100 feet. It’s at 105 feet now, and construction is in progress for the East-West Connector at Fulton Street and the Route 9A Underpass that will tunnel under West Street, and allow pedestrians and vehicles traverse the area between the Freedom Tower and the World Financial Center. Also in 2001, a fire severely damaged the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. After 8 years, this Cathedral is finally reopened, and has put up two Easter tapestries of the twelve from the Barberini collection.
New York will continue to thrive, as nothing seems to phase it. We middle class people can still buy knockoff clothing and accessories in Chinatown, no matter how hard they try to shut the Chinese from hauling it in. We can get sushi, bagels, falafel and a panini all on the same block, and they will all deliver to you, and they will do it at 3 A.M. New York is resilient, and will only continue to get better.