A bird’s-eye view from Ground Zero
Just days after starting my job at FOX Business, I got an e-mail inviting me to a press-only event at Ground Zero. The idea was to bring yourself, a camera (or crew), and talk to building developers about their ideas slowly coming to life and taking their places in the Lower Manhattan skyline.
I knew I had to be there.
Since we had just days to prepare, a colleague of mine and I quickly threw around a few ideas for possible stories.
We didn’t have enough time to request a camera crew, so we decided to go for it ourselves.
Just days later, we found ourselves trekking from our bustling Midtown office on down to the Financial District.
After passing through security with our press credentials, we made our way into the dusty construction allowing 4 World Trade Center to rise. We laced up construction boots and donned bright yellow hardhats before we stepped on a construction hoist to pull us more than 60 stories above Manhattan.
We toured two different floors: the 14th and the 60th. I snapped pictures for a photo slideshow we would inevitably put together with our story. It was amazing to see something so wonderful rise above a site where something so devastatingly awful happened. But I’m so happy to see new life after more than a decade.
If you look very closely, you can see the Statue of Liberty off in the distance. We toured the facilities on a very hazy late New York summer day…so the views aren’t as crystal clear as they are on a normal day. Still…very cool.
It was definitely a one-of-a-kind experience. And I feel so privileged to have been able not only to participate, but also write about. Please read our full write-up of the future of 4 World Trade, and the complex as a whole, here at FOX Business.com.