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May 10, 2009

Long Lost View

Windows Stat of Lib Crown.jpg

Before you click through for an explanation of this image taken by Getty’s fine photographer Chris Hondros, I can tell you it does involve 9/11 and that is Lower Manhattan.

This powerful photo was taken on Friday through the windows of the crown of the Statue of Liberty. The Administration, by way of the Department of the Interior, has announced that starting July 4th, the statue’s crown will reopened to the public for the first time since 9/11.

The 9/11 tragedy (also activated, in different ways, by the emergency U.S. Air landing in the Hudson, as well as the boneheaded Air Force 1 fly over) has forged a powerful, and powerfully anxious association between the well-being of this city and the integrity of the airliner. In Chris’ image, it’s impossible not to see this otherwise innocent and even romantic scene as also conjuring the darkened inside of an aircraft body pitched at a strangely watery angle.

(image: Chris Hondros/Getty Images. May 8, 2009, New York City)

  • Dizard

    About time. Terrorism paranoia has for too long kept that Statue closed. I’m glad that era’s coming to an end. And besides, in the words of Ghostbuster and New York Hero, Dr. Peter Venkman: “She can take it…She’s a harbor chick!”

  • Tena

    I thought it was taken from inside a plane – you’re so right about this photo.

  • Gasho

    Going Up / Going Down – these two can get confused in a still shot. At first this reads as a vessel – a plane or boat that is clearly in very bad shape. Then finding out that it is about RE-OPENING lady liberty to the public – flips the shot into one about rising from the depths. The shot itself is pretty bleak either way, but I’d rather be going up than going down!!

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