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Tuesday Challenge 4/3/18 Town NYC

My home town is filled with hills, one advantage of which is the view from the top.  East is always New York City which you can see from many different places.  This one is from Eagle Rock Reservation and the 9-11 Memorial.  On that day in 2001 people swarmed to the area so it had to be blocked off.  Afterwards, many flowers, memorials, touching notes and remembrances were left there so it was the obvious choice for the Memorial.  My Mom and I drove down my street as the horror was unfolding and saw one tower up and burning; when we turned around to come back the tower was gone.  The airspace over the entire USA had been closed but we heard a plane overhead which was scary.  My Mom being a WWII baby recognized the sound and said, “That’s a bomber”.   We heard them occasionally for months afterwards until they finally disappeared.   
Now our NYC Skyline view includes One World Trade Center - more well known as the “Freedom Tower”.  It’s the tallest building in the center of the photo and was built on the World Trade Center site where the towers and other buildings once stood.   

One World Trade Center  
For this layout I used: 
ABR SS Templates: Capturing Life Blenders 
BMU Winter’s Kiss Collection 
SNU SS Styles: Shadow Me
and “Photo by Mattie”

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This is a spectacular view!!!! This page is just amazing. I took a photo of the city from my boat years ago when we were docked across the river. It is before 9-11 so I have the old trade center buildings in it. It is my favorite photo of NYC.

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This is a great photo and you have shown it off so well on your well  designed page. thankyou for sharing all the information which I really enjoyed reading. 

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That's quite a view! I like the way you've presented your photo. It has an almost mystical quality. Thanks for the poignant info, too. 

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Great photo and very interesting story. We all remember that day but gosh you were right there, it must have been horrific for you. I like how you have left the page unadorned and let the photo tell the story on its own.

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What  a wonderful photo and your journaling is amazing. This is a page that should be copied for your family members. What a day. I remember contrails in the sky that made the gorgeous blue sky look like like white, chalk shamrocks drawn in the sky as flights were ordered to land at KCI. Good friend in Princeton spoke of the cars in lots on the Jersey side, waiting for drivers that never came. Heart wrenching, and yet, the Freedom Tower displays the hope and resilience of all, especially you who experienced it first hand. 

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15 minutes ago, BetC said:

What  a wonderful photo and your journaling is amazing. This is a page that should be copied for your family members. What a day. I remember contrails in the sky that made the gorgeous blue sky look like like white, chalk shamrocks drawn in the sky as flights were ordered to land at KCI. Good friend in Princeton spoke of the cars in lots on the Jersey side, waiting for drivers that never came. Heart wrenching, and yet, the Freedom Tower displays the hope and resilience of all, especially you who experienced it first hand. 

Thank you everyone and Betty, what beautiful writing.  Yes, I always remember the sky that day as the most beautiful bluest of blues.  And like the cars that were never picked up, there were SO many people here and around the tri-state area that ran to donate blood that was never needed because there were so few surviors.      

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A different view of New York.  I know all the documentary views, but this is what is making this particular challenge so interesting.  The photos are unique and the journaling tells the personal stories.

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Oh Marilyn! Your layout and the story behind it just moved me to tears. That day changed us all but to be so close surely impacted you and mother so much. It's a gorgeous view and I loved how you showcased it so simplistically beautifully! 

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Marilyn not only is this an amazing LO but the colours used so fit in with the horrific drama and devastation that unfolded here. I remember being at work at the time (was working night duty) and we all couldn't comprehend what we were seeing. Being so close to you must have had such a great impact on your lives after seeing it unfold live before your eyes. It was like the 'end of the world' was happening. I remember my DD had just gone on an exchange to Norway and I was so worried I'd not see her again.

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Awesome photo and journaling. It's so sad to think back to this day and I'm not even an American. Love your layout.

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I can't believe you were driving down the street nearby when the towers were falling.  Wasn't it chaos?  I was stationed in Japan at the time; I was already in bed for the night, and my neighbor called me around 10 p.m. to tell me to turn on my TV.  Of course all we got was AFN, but we watched all night, in horror.  We lived off base, and the base closed its gates for the next two days.  We couldn't get on base at all.  I just can't imagine being so close when it happened.  It was awful even being so far away.

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11 hours ago, Mikelle said:

I can't believe you were driving down the street nearby when the towers were falling.  Wasn't it chaos?  I was stationed in Japan at the time; I was already in bed for the night, and my neighbor called me around 10 p.m. to tell me to turn on my TV.  Of course all we got was AFN, but we watched all night, in horror.  We lived off base, and the base closed its gates for the next two days.  We couldn't get on base at all.  I just can't imagine being so close when it happened.  It was awful even being so far away.

Oh, sorry for the confusion.   No it was not the street immediately there, it was from my hometown - across the view you see in the photo.   “As the crow flies” we are probably about 20 minutes or less from NYC, but it takes an hour (or more!) in traffic.   You can seen in the photo the parts of NJ leading up to the Hudson River showing a bit on the left (the skinny blue line in front of the skyline) - which is the divider between NY and NJ there.  So, I was not close enough to see the chaos in the streets, but we could see the towers burning and smell the smell for a long while and the air had a different quality/hazy “smoke" to it.  Because we were so close people were running to banks and told to stay inside until we knew what was going on - especially until all the planes in the USA airspace were accounted for.  I do remember so vividly, though hearing that plane above us knowing that the entire US airspace had been closed down.  It was comforting when my Mom knew it was a bomber but scary too.  She remembered blackouts and neighborhood wardens who’d walk outside and rap on your window during WWII if they saw light coming from your window during drills.   But, this was the first time anyone my age had experience with being afraid in our country.  And while we were out of “immediate” danger and that kind of chaos it was heartbreaking and scary.   Your story is so interesting too and I’d imagine it was hard being far away and scary too.   My sister is in IN and wanted us to come there, but at that point, no part of the country felt “safe”.   

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2 hours ago, MariJ said:

Oh, sorry for the confusion.   No it was not the street immediately there, it was from my hometown - across the view you see in the photo.   “As the crow flies” we are probably about 20 minutes or less from NYC, but it takes an hour (or more!) in traffic.   You can seen in the photo the parts of NJ leading up to the Hudson River showing a bit on the left (the skinny blue line in front of the skyline) - which is the divider between NY and NJ there.  So, I was not close enough to see the chaos in the streets, but we could see the towers burning and smell the smell for a long while and the air had a different quality/hazy “smoke" to it.  Because we were so close people were running to banks and told to stay inside until we knew what was going on - especially until all the planes in the USA airspace were accounted for.  I do remember so vividly, though hearing that plane above us knowing that the entire US airspace had been closed down.  It was comforting when my Mom knew it was a bomber but scary too.  She remembered blackouts and neighborhood wardens who’d walk outside and rap on your window during WWII if they saw light coming from your window during drills.   But, this was the first time anyone my age had experience with being afraid in our country.  And while we were out of “immediate” danger and that kind of chaos it was heartbreaking and scary.   Your story is so interesting too and I’d imagine it was hard being far away and scary too.   My sister is in IN and wanted us to come there, but at that point, no part of the country felt “safe”.   

Even so - close enough to see the towers burning, I can't even imagine.  I think this is a great layout, with the journaling.  We scrap so many happy memories in our layouts, but I've been tempted to try a layout depicting my negative feelings towards something, just to get it out.  This event is a big part of our lives, one of those events where most people remember "where they were when...", and I think scrapping that is an important part of the story.

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52 minutes ago, Mikelle said:

Even so - close enough to see the towers burning, I can't even imagine.  I think this is a great layout, with the journaling.  We scrap so many happy memories in our layouts, but I've been tempted to try a layout depicting my negative feelings towards something, just to get it out.  This event is a big part of our lives, one of those events where most people remember "where they were when...", and I think scrapping that is an important part of the story.

So true Mikelle.  9-11 reminds me of how my Mom talked about Pearl Harbor when she was a little girl;  how it affected everyone and knowing where you were as it happened.  I understood that more living through 9-11;  yet now I see how in my youngest cousins (& probably your girls?) how our new normal is just.... Normal for them.   And my 16-yr-old Goddaughter whose Mom was pregnant with her that day and actually had an Uncle who was a first responder Firefighter in the 2nd tower who was killed -- has no connection to that day...  I guess that’s how history goes...   

And I agree about the negative feelings layouts - you should try!   Awhile ago on SG I did just that with a lot of trepidation about how it would be received and you know SG - there was so much encouragement and support!   Then, when I started the Art Journaling with Jody we used to have prompts that gave the opportunity to scrap those negative feelings or just feelings.   It always was cathartic - you should give it a try for yourself!  I was always frustrated starting those pages yet they eventually somehow almost made themselves!   You wouldn’t have to do an Art Journaling page, but I agree that we need to scrap all the events of our lives - not just the “happy” pleasant ones.   :)

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