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Old 09-14-2011, 11:42 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I worked at the flagship Borders at 5WTC from 96-2000..lots of great memories of the towers, the concourse, the surrounding neighborhood. Ate lunch everyday at the Stage Door Deli across the street. On my first recent visit to Ground Zero (very emotional- reasonably so), I see it's still there.
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Old 09-14-2011, 01:57 PM
 
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Here's an image that will show you the reason why I liked the original World Trade Center.

This one shows the facade in detail.
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Old 09-14-2011, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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I loved the towers and really miss them almost as much as the people I lost. The skyline will never seem 'right' again.
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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They were designed by Minoru Yamasaki, not I.M. Pei.

Many people will still admit they dislike the towers' design.
I think individually they were boring and oppressive but as time went on the skyline grew nicely around them. They were beautiful because NYC surrounded them.
The Twin Towers looked like two gigantic kleenex tissue boxes standing up on end. They looked stupid big with no real beauty but over the years, they grew on you. Or at least on me & had it's own odd, quirky appeal. And the NY skyline looks so absent without them.
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:29 PM
 
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The Twin Towers always had this presence. They had this giant presence that told everyone that could see them that it was there. They were anchors. Not pretty to look at sure, but they were big, and proud.
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Old 09-15-2011, 02:20 PM
 
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The Twin Towers looked like two gigantic kleenex tissue boxes standing up on end. They looked stupid big with no real beauty but over the years, they grew on you. Or at least on me & had it's own odd, quirky appeal. And the NY skyline looks so absent without them.
We sometimes used to say milk cartons, or the boxes that the Chrysler Building and the ESB came in.

The real beauty in the WTC was in the way they reflected the sunlight. At different hours of the day, they would appear to be gold or orange or pink.
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Old 09-15-2011, 02:23 PM
 
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I worked at the flagship Borders at 5WTC from 96-2000..lots of great memories of the towers, the concourse, the surrounding neighborhood. Ate lunch everyday at the Stage Door Deli across the street. On my first recent visit to Ground Zero (very emotional- reasonably so), I see it's still there.
I used to eat at Stage Door Deli a lot, too. I remember when they opened.

Yep, it's still there. When I've had to go down to the WTC area, I've stopped in there sometimes.

Also like Essex Deli on Liberty.
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Old 09-15-2011, 02:24 PM
 
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Here's an image that will show you the reason why I liked the original World Trade Center.

This one shows the facade in detail.
Couldn't rep you again but THANKS.
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Old 09-15-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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They were ugly buildings.

The new complex looks far better.
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Old 09-15-2011, 04:22 PM
 
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The outide of those buildings wa remarkable in a total context, but they were not pretty either inside nor out.

The lobbies were plain and sparse, info desk; security desk; flower cart, etc. There was carpeting on the floors which wore quickly. The core of these lobbies was elevators...lots of them.

I worked for many years on 104 of 2 WTC. We took a high speed freight car to 79, and then changed to a bank which serviced ten floors or so, including 104. It was a scary ride up, banging from side to side a the car 'flew' up those 79 floors.

Working up there was weird. You didn't go out becaue it took so long to get down, do your errands, and then get back up. Looing out from 104 many days you couldn't tell what the weather was like down on the ground. There might be clouds in the way. When it was windy the towers swayed. The water in the toilets sloshed back and forth. It just never felt 'natural'.

My floor was wired for a securities firm, so we had lots of technology. Cell phones were around, and worked okay if you were not 'inside' the core of the building. We had all sorts of computers...with, yes, alot of CRT's. That was the way it was, and we had thousands of them, so you didn't just 'buy all new' because of them being outdated. They worked.

I sat with my back to the south windows. They were tall, and narrow. The view out to the Statue of Liberty was awesome, and one of my favorite rememberances--especially on autumn evenings with the sun setting to the west across the harbor.

I just never felt people were designed to work that high up...it always felt a little weird. But it had its moments.

In the end, tragically, nearly 100 of my colleagues and friends died there. The new development is really a step forward. A time to move forward, with a very elegant and appropriate remembrance of what went on there. It feels good...finally.
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