The Greatest City in the World

September 11, 2012 – I was in Manhattan this morning, conducting an interview with Joe Namath for the October Issue of Yankees Magazine. The interview — and photo shoot — took place on a 17th-floor balcony at the New York Athletic Club, which is located on Central Park South.

I will write more about the experience of interviewing Broadway Joe in a separate blog entry, but for now, I will share my thoughts on being in New York City on the 11th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

When I looked at the landscape of New York City in the early hours of the morning, I instantly became mindful of just how special the Big Apple is.

As I watched people jogging and riding bicycles through Central Park, while others scampered along the sidewalks, I could feel the energy from 17 stories above. As I continued to stare at the giant park in between two long stretches of skyscrapers, I was reminded that New York City’s beauty is unwavering.

To me, the photo below is a reminder that while we’ll never stop morning the loss of nearly 3,000 people on 9/11, it’s also important to remember that New York City is and will always be one of the single most spectacular places on the planet.

Most importantly, when I looked out at the city this morning, I am reminded that New Yorkers continue to be as resilient as they come.

–Alfred Santasiere III


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