Thursday, September 11, 2014

Throwback Thursday

It's September 11, so I thought I'd remember the World Trade Center. Ken and I visited sometime around 1984 or 1985. We went to New York from Washington, DC, a couple of times. Once to see Linda Ronstadt at Radio City Music Hall singing with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra. Another time we went to see the parade of the Ashanti people up Central Park West to the Museum of Natural History to celebrate an exhibit about their culture.

Me in front of the north tower, Number One World Trade Center, in the mid 1980s.

I don't remember which time this was, but we went down to the WTC and up to the observation deck. Before I knew Ken, back when I worked for the state of New York, my agency had offices in the WTC. I think it was Tower 2, the south tower, and the offices were on the twenty-third floor. I remember wishing it was higher up. I was lucky to be able to go the NYC offices a few times. I lived and worked in Albany, the mild-mannered state capital located 150 miles north of Manhattan. I loved heading down to "The City" when I could. I remember going to Windows on the World up on the 106th floor for drinks while I was there and exploring the WTC's underground shopping/restaurant/transit scene. I was totally amazed by the spectacle.

Butt shot! Looking toward midtown from the observation deck. The Empire State Building is over my left shoulder.

The last time Ken and I were in New York City was in 2006. We drove in, from Albany, on our way to Washington, DC. We stopped for lunch at a restaurant I knew from that time long ago called the Sevilla, a Spanish place in Greenwich Village. It was still there, still the same, with the same dishes on the menu that remember from 1980, and it was still good. Of course, by then the twin towers were gone.


  1. ummmmmmmmmmmm, butt tempting! :-)

    I never got to NYC to visit those towers; I have been up the empire state building a few times (first time was 1968). and I have toured albany's NY state museum.

  2. May I say I love the "butt shot" too ???
    By the way, wouldn't it be the time to try to stop
    dwelling in at length on the awful 9/11 ????
    Just a question... Don't want to offend anyone...
    I loved the way you alluded to it, I mean, the
    "butt shot"... Bises

  3. A fitting tribute on this 13th anniversary of 9/11.

  4. Wonderful and amazing photo.

  5. I finally got to visit NYC for the first time at the beginning of this year. Such a fun city!

  6. Wow.
    BTW - Someone and I just signed up to hear Linda Ronstandt host a night of music at the museum only 2 miles from our house. I wonder how old she is?

    1. michael, she's 68. And she doesn't sing anymore because she has Parkinson's disease. Very sad. I've seen her several times and she remains one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy seeing her!

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