10 Sep 2010 10:00 am   //   Filed under: New York is different, Photos

Shine on

Just an ordinary parking structure…

… with spotlights on the roof…

… until they flip the switch…

… and light up the sky!

On Saturday, the annual Tribute In Light display will trace the shapes of the Twin Towers into the New York City skyline, marking the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. These symbolic towers of light are visible for many miles in every direction. Few people realize that the lights are not actually beamed from the former World Trade Center footprints, but from the roof of a nearby parking deck.

In the absence of any tangible, completed 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero, this once-a-year illumination is the best memorial we have. Fortunately, it’s very, very good.

Top two photos shot September 9, 2010. Third photo shot from a roof on Elizabeth Street in Soho during during the light test on September 8, 2010. Bottom photo shot from the Brooklyn Heights promenade on September 11, 2009.