Still remembering

September 11, 2008

This spot on the Brooklyn Promenade once afforded a clear view of the World Trade Center. It rose high above the New York skyline, two rectangles pointing straight up into the heavens. Now, there is a hole in the sky.

Tonight, as in years past, two blue beams of light take the place of those buildings destroyed seven years ago. The lights are visible only from sunset to sunrise, then are turned off and disappear for another year.

Each year, fewer and fewer people come here to remember what happened on September 11, 2001. Fewer signs are hung, fewer candles are burned, fewer flowers placed along the cast iron fence.

But I still come here every year. I still come to light candles, look at the blue beams of light, and think about those lost in the horror on the other side of the river. Seven years have passed, but, tonight especially, I still remember.

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Candles burning on the Promenade

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The wreath says “September 11 – Broken Sky”

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The lights reflecting against a cloud

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Day of Remembrance

September 10, 2008

They called it a Day of Remembrance, but the discussion was as much about the future as it was about the past and the emotions evoked were as much anger as sadness.

After the invitations were printed and sent, two notable guests were added to the agenda: Daniel Rodriguez, a former member of the NYPD who is known as the “singing policeman,” and Bill Clinton. Both men brought the crowd to its feet.


Daniel Rodriguez

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Bill Clinton at the podium

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Bill Clinton

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Invitation

NY1: WTC-Affected Families Press Bill Clinton To Help Exhume Remains
International Herald Tribune: Bill Clinton concerned about 9/11 scholarship fund
WCBS TV: Clinton Sounds Off On Treatment Of 9/11 Families
Voices of September 11th Seventh Anniversary Events
Daniel Rodriguez
NPR: The Singing Policeman
Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund


Low Life City

September 7, 2008

Inspired by the book Low Life: The Lures and Snares of Old New York, Low Life City celebrates New York’s seamy underside.

For the past decade, it has been held on the Lower East Side (the setting for the book), and recreates the forms of entertainment enjoyed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by the neighborhood’s notorious criminals, drunkards, prostitutes, losers, thieves, gangsters, beggars, swindlers and reformers.

This year’s edition of Low Life City was held in Tompkins Square Park. Bowery boys, Irish tenors, saloon singers, burlesque dancers, Victorian ladies and street urchins perform with modern sensibilities and great good humor. The cast included Hattie Hathaway, Joey Arias, Basil Twist, Dirty Martini, Pinchbottom Burlesque, the Vangeline Theater, the Duelling Bankheads, World Famous *BOB*, Adam Joseph, the Pixie Harlots, Heather Litteer and Tigger.

Although the organizers bill Low Life City as “not recommended for children!” there were quite a few very young faces in the crowd. The kids enjoyed the music, dancing, puppets, feathers and sequins while the bawdy humor and naughty political references went right over their little heads.

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Amber Ray at Low Life

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Heather Litteer at Low Life

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Changing the cards

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Duelling Bankheads campaign

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Joey Arias with glass of absinthe

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Joey Arias at Low Life

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Pinchbottom Burlesque at Low Life

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Vangeline Theatre

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Fauxnique

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Acid Betty and Ephiphany in a “sister act”

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Acid Betty

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Adam Joseph as the Irish Tenor

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Dirty Martini with her fan

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Tigger and the evils of the bottle

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Delirium Tremens unzips

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Delirium Tremens in her scanties

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Voltaire singing about evil devil songs

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Poison Eve with chickens on her hands

Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York by Luc Sante
Low Life City
Amber Ray
Dirty Martini
Miss Delirium Tremens
Joey Arias
MySpace: Adam Joseph
MySpace: Hattie Hathaway
MySpace: Pinchbottom Burlesque
MySpace: Tigger
MySpace: World Famous *Bob*


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