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FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013, 12:39 P.M.

New York’s Freedom Tower

For Becky Nappi blog
For Becky Nappi blog

I just returned from a week in New York City, visiting family. My niece's office is near where the Twin Towers used to be, and as we rounded the corner to her office, she pointed through two buildings to the new tower, finished just in May.

Its official name is One World Trade Center.

According to the New York Daily News: "Reaching heights of 1,776 feet, One World Trade has surpassed the Empire State Building to become the tallest building in New York City. Previously dubbed the Freedom Tower, the building proudly stands tall in Lower Manhattan as a reminder of the resilience of New York City after a grave act of terror. The installation of the silver spire topping One World Trade Center was finished in May 10, 2013, bringing the iconic structure to its full, symbolic height of 1,776 feet."

It felt eerie to look at the building. About a year ago, my husband and I walked through the very lovely memorial at Ground Zero and saw the building in progress.

I hope the building, and the people who work in it, will remain safe.

When I got home, I happened upon a box that had cityscape snow globes, collected in my younger years, when I traveled all the time for my job with USA Today.

I gave all of them to Goodwill, except my New York City snow globe. The Twin Towers are still in that snow globe, after all. How could I ever throw it away?






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