They are turning away volunteers, blood donors, because there are so many

“They were ugly buildings, totally out of keeping with the rest of Manhattan’s architecture, but they were also compass, an anchor, and when you were lost you could find your way back by following them, triangulating between the Empire State Building and the two towers. I was lost in Red Hook and Williamsburg and they guided me home. They brought me through Chinatown. They appeared off the Brooklyn Bridge. They tilted Manhattan towards the Hudson, back towards the rest of America.”

Posted September 13, 2001

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