Sunday, May 12, 2013

The U.N. Building's Strange Antenna

One World Trade Center's spire was hoisted to the roof this month, making it 1,776 feet — and the tallest building in the U.S. (depending on how you measure). A red beacon now flashes from the structure's spindly top, and it's clearly visible day and night from much of New York.

Photo courtesy of CNN.

But New York is a city of skyscrapers, so for many people, 1WTC's spire appears to jut out from the top of another building.


From the window of our apartment, it looks as if the U.N. headquarters has sprouted an antenna.


But maybe there's some poetry to this particular view: Both the United Nations and 1WTC were created after tragedies (World War II and 9/11, respectively) and represent efforts to restore hope to a weary people.

If only I could see the Statue of Liberty from here, it would complete the picture.