Downtown is transformed – the gaping gash of the World Trade Center remains largely unfilled. The pit is acquiring the machinery which will be the working engine of the Freedom Tower, and there is a new underground station, but Ground Zero is still a wound. And that gives a different look to the whole city. The twin towers were a landmark that could be seen all over Manhattan so if you emerged from the subway, you only had to look up and know which direction you were facing.
The gap when you look down 7th Avenue, for example, now feels like something is missing – which, of course, there is. The open sky seems like the absence of a limb or a pair of teeth knocked out.