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Day Thirteen: September 23

Day thirteen is my last posting.

Nassau Street

Today an impressive number of tourists and Sunday strollers descend on the reopened areas of the city. Officers with megaphones prod the quiet, staring crowds to keep moving.

Looking toward Liberty Plaza from Isamu Noguchi’s “The Red Cube”

George Washington, Federal Hall

Battery Park
NYPD Emerald Society, Police Plaza

As thousands gather uptown in Yankee Stadium for an afternoon prayer service, bagpipers march downtown to Police Plaza.

The bull by the nose

Cameras are everywhere; I wait for the statue of the charging bull near Wall Street to clear, but people keep asking me to take their photo in front of it. I finally give up and have someone return the favor.

National Guard staging area, Battery Park

The city has seen an incredible number of changes in the last two weeks, but in many small ways New York is beginning to feel like New York again: when I ask a cop if I can take a photo of the tents in Battery Park, he replies, “sure, you can shoot a squirrel in there for all I care.”

Ferry terminal

Ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are still not running, so I settle for the next best thing: a free ferry to Staten Island aboard the NYFB John F. Kennedy.

The Statue of Liberty, with Ellis Island at far right

Debris barges

It’s a beautiful, warm afternoon. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are visible in the distance.

A tug boat pushes two barges of tower debris towards a Staten Island landfill.

On patrol

Coast Guard and police boats patrol the harbor, watched over by the 270-foot cutter Tahoma stationed just off of Battery Park.

A new skyline

Damaged but strong

The hole in the city is clearly visible.