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A Day of Rebuilding at New York's Ground Zero

A Day of Rebuilding at New York's Ground Zero Jun 26th, 2011 at 11:00AM: While in New York, I was thrilled to check out the High Line, a newly expanded elevated park that's captivated city-dwellers. But there's bigger and more meaningful construction happening downtown, at the site of the former World Trade Center-and the soon-to-be home of the new World Trade Center. With my videographer, Stephen Greenwood, I booked a 17th-floor room at the Millenium Hilton...

"Ground Zero Mosque" reality check

Aug 17th, 2010 at 4:00PM: We've all heard about it--the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque". Journalists, bloggers, and pretty much everyone else have been screaming at each other about whether it should open or not. All but absent from the debate, however, are hard facts. Now the Village Voice has published an angry article with facts about the Ground Zero Mosque. First off, it's a community center as well as a mosque....

Hotel Review: The World Center Hotel, first hotel to open at Ground Zero

Hotel Review: The World Center Hotel, first hotel to open at Ground Zero Jun 9th, 2010 at 9:30AM: When I told people where I was going and what I was doing, the same three words continued to make their way into different conversations: redevelop, rebuild and revitalization. I hadn't been to lower Manhattan since before Sept. 11, 2001, and quite frankly I had no plans to return. I remember where I was on 9/11, what I did and what happened next, and I wondered how, in this lifetime, we would...

Ground Zero hotel's 'selling point' creates controversy

Ground Zero hotel's 'selling point' creates controversy Mar 16th, 2010 at 9:00AM: A new Manhattan hotel is marketing its proximity to Ground Zero as a selling point, and creating a stir among those trying to preserve the memory of friends and family lost during the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. The World Center Hotel, opened by Club Quarters Inc., is currently accepting reservations for its rooms that boast "floor-to-ceiling 'window walls'" offering "unfettered...

New York City bargain destination perfect for a 3-day weekend

New York City bargain destination perfect for a 3-day weekend Dec 30th, 2009 at 10:00AM: New York City may be the most expensive place to live, but if you like to walk; it's a bargain to visit. Arrive by Friday late afternoon, and by Sunday evening you can knock off most of the must see places and eat without spending much money. By the end, you'll know a good bit of what makes this city so grand. I recently tested out this method with a friend of my daughter's who is a high...

The Freedom Tower gets a new name

The Freedom Tower gets a new name Mar 27th, 2009 at 9:00AM: No more Freedom Tower. The tower being built atop Ground Zero to replace the Twin Towers which fell in the devastating terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, will now be known as One World Trade Center. Steve Sigmund, the spokesperson for the Port Authority (who owns the site), says the name is more marketable. One World Trade Center is the address of the future building. To be fair, "Freedom...

10 Places to Absorb Slavery's Past

10 Places to Absorb Slavery's Past Aug 17th, 2007 at 1:00PM: Visiting places with dark pasts isn't as odd as it sounds -- in fact, it 's quite common. Lonely Planet picks up on this travel trend in their 2007 Bluelist, which examines the general popularity of tombs, graves, and memorials as destinations. Furthermore, the authors point out that Ground Zero and Auschwitz have become modern-day pilgrimage sites. "Dark Travel," as it's been coined, is...

WTC Pano

WTC Pano Sep 11th, 2006 at 12:21PM: Keeping with the fifth anniversary of 9/11 theme, here's a very nice panorama of the hole at Ground Zero that really conveys both the size of the space as well as the rather sad barrenness of it. I'll be keeping an eye out to see if anyone posts anything having to do with the ceremony today or the lights tonight. ...

Guided WTC Tours

Guided WTC Tours Sep 10th, 2006 at 3:04PM: Here we are on the cusp of the fifth anniversary of 9/11/2001, so I figured I'd post something relevant to that. While you can easily go down to the Ground Zero site (though not tonight, the "Decider" is speaking) and walk around, the view of the hole is actually quite dismal. So most tourists just kind of stand around outside the fence and snap photos of each other, well, standing around. But...

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