Every year, on September 11th, hundreds of New York City’s firefighters gather at the Fireman’s Memorial on the Upper West Side to honor those who died in the line of duty on that tragic, unforgettable day. The names of 343 firefighters are read aloud, and in the FDNY tradition, a bell is rung after each. Many also make the trip downtown, to the 9/11 Memorial, where the names of the fallen are inscribed into the bronze panels that encircle the reflecting pools which sit within the footprints where the towers once stood. Another ceremony that honors all who were lost that day takes place at this site. At 8:39 a.m., the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 attacks are read. The ceremony pauses six times – twice to mark the time each plane hit the towers, twice for the moments when the buildings fell, and twice more to mark the attacks on the Pentagon and Flight 93.
To learn more and donate to the 9/11 Museum and Memorial, you can visit the Museum’s website here.
Captivating, paradoxical, Turkey.
Historic architecture, awe inspiring rock formations, crystal blue waters, a vibrant art / culture / design scene. It’s tough not to love Turkey. But it’s the uneasy juxtaposition of modernity and conservatism, and the friendships forged with those born and raised here that, for me, make this country both fascinating and unforgettable.
Photographed in Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Büyükada
It’s Brooklyn. But with Beaches.
Fourth of July at Coney Island exemplifies the phrase : We are all Americans. First named by the Lenape, then by the Dutch, who dubbed it “Rabbit Island” (a translation of “Conyne Eylandt”), this beloved playground for young and old still pays respect to NYC in all its diverse glory. Just try keeping track of all the languages spoken here. Then, there’s Nathan’s, the Boardwalk, street art, a day-long dance party, that glorious Wonder Wheel, and a long stretch of densely populated beach…It’s a New York institution in every aspect.
Photographed at Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY
Since the 2016 Presidential Election, New Yorkers have repeatedly marched by the thousands. Each time, a great sea of impassioned citizens swells the streets of Manhattan with placards in hand and children hoisted aloft. They gather to protest inequality, injustice and to demand that their voices be heard.
Uptown, Downtown and around the Five Boroughs.
“New York is a city of daily irritations, occasional horrors, hourly tests of will and even courage, and huge dollops of pure beauty.” –Pete Hamill
No matter how many times I visit, Paris surprises me and holds me in thrall. The parks in bloom, the pâtisseries, the small, private museums of the Marais and beyond, the constantly shifting food scene, the old (and new) bookstores, the Haussmannian architecture, the luminous light, and the DOGS…
Dogs, dogs, dogs, everywhere.
Photographed in Paris, France.