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Times Square, the Empire State and Ground Zero, New York, US - 1st May 2006

Having stood at the top of the Twin Towers some eleven years before, it felt necessary to return to the site anyway, but as it happened Nosher had to head down to the financial district to meet mate Phil at his place of work, which happens to be right on the south-east corner of Ground Zero in the World Trade Center complex. Building had started on the towers' replacement - the subway is already in place - but there's still a huge, improbable, gap where they used to be. Whilst there were people there who were quietly observing and reflecting, there were also those who seemed to be there just to have their photo taken with the site as some touristy back-drop. There are also a few photos of some of the crew of Ladder Company 10, whose fire station is only metres away from Ground Zero and who must have been some of the first on the scene. Before that, there's a chance to explore Midtown from the base of a Marriott hotel near 42nd Street, and later on there's a trip with Phil to the top of the Empire State Building, which was supposed to be sunset but thanks to extreme queueing was just after dark. There are also a couple of emergency camera-phone photos of all-round legend Les Paul at the Iridium Club on Broadway - emergency because it turns out that you're actually allowed to take cameras in, but that was unknown before so the proper camera had been left behind at the hotel. Instead, Phil's Motorola Razr had to make do. Afterwards, fuelled by several pints of Brooklyn beer, it's down to Times Square with the tripod

next album: A Union Square Demo, Bryant Park and Columbus Circle, New York, US - 2nd May 2006
previous album: Phil and the Fair Harbor Fire Engine, Fire Island, New York State, US - 30th April 2006

2006 Food stalls in mid-town somewhere

Food stalls in mid-town somewhere

2006 A taxi speeds past on 5th Avenue

A taxi speeds past on 5th Avenue

2006 Mid-town buildings

Mid-town buildings

2006 Looking up at the Empire State Building from the corner of 5th and East 33rd

Looking up at the Empire State Building from the corner of 5th and East 33rd

2006 A 'Papaya Dog' shop, also on the corner of 5th and 33rd

A 'Papaya Dog' shop, also on the corner of 5th and 33rd

2006 A croass-walk by a souvenir shop

A croass-walk by a souvenir shop

2006 Tacky souvenir shop

Tacky souvenir shop

2006 The ubiquitous Sabrett hotdog stand

The ubiquitous Sabrett hotdog stand

2006 Another street, another hot-dog stand

Another street, another hot-dog stand

2006 Prayer ribbons outside the Dutch Protestant church, on 5th Avenue and 29th

Prayer ribbons outside the Dutch Protestant church, on 5th Avenue and 29th

2006 Advertising on The Breslin

Advertising on The Breslin

2006 Golden-topped spire behind a park near 24th Street

Golden-topped spire behind a park near 24th Street

2006 Street scene on 24th Street

Street scene on 24th Street

2006 The Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building

2006 Probably nothing to do with the old 70s and 80s computers of the same name

Probably nothing to do with the old 70s and 80s computers of the same name

2006 Looking up the Broadway at its intersection with 5th Avenue

Looking up the Broadway at its intersection with 5th Avenue

2006 A homeless guy with his whole world in a shopping cart takes a nap

A homeless guy with his whole world in a shopping cart takes a nap

2006 A bright bar/café, with something of everything crammed in somewhere

A bright bar/café, with something of everything crammed in somewhere

2006 A porcelain toilet, used as a giant ash-tray

A porcelain toilet, used as a giant ash-tray

2006 More street food

More street food

2006 The Chelsea Cinema on West 23rd Street

The Chelsea Cinema on West 23rd Street

2006 A memorial cross made from some of the iron girders from Building 6

A memorial cross made from some of the iron girders from Building 6

2006 Just south of Ground Zero, a damaged building remains

Just south of Ground Zero, a damaged building remains

2006 Engine Company Number 10

Engine Company Number 10

2006 The crew of Ladder 10/Company 10, World Trade Center

The crew of Ladder 10/Company 10, World Trade Center

2006 The hole where the Twin Towers were

The hole where the Twin Towers were

2006 The remains of a 1909 train tunnel, which ends where 1 and 2 WTC used to be

The remains of a 1909 train tunnel, which ends where 1 and 2 WTC used to be

2006 Patches and hats from fire, police and other service crews involved in 9/11

Patches and hats from fire, police and other service crews involved in 9/11

2006 Part of the memorial wall that frames the southern edge of the site

Part of the memorial wall that frames the southern edge of the site

2006 Another view of Ground Zero

Another view of Ground Zero

2006 Tourists peer through the secure steel fence that surrounds the site

Tourists peer through the secure steel fence that surrounds the site

2006 Emergency call station: one button summons Fire, the other Police

Emergency call station: one button summons Fire, the other Police

2006 Part of a service staircase in the North Tower

Part of a service staircase in the North Tower

2006 Looking down at the streets from the Empire State

Looking down at the streets from the Empire State

2006 Looking south over Manhattan

Looking south over Manhattan

2006 The Chrysler Building, to the right

The Chrysler Building, to the right

2006 Looking towards the ConEdison building, with its steaming roof

Looking towards the ConEdison building, with its steaming roof

2006 Les Paul and guest vocalist Stephanie Powers

Les Paul and guest vocalist Stephanie Powers

2006 Les Paul and the band

Les Paul and the band

2006 Down in Times Square

Down in Times Square

2006 Times Square

Times Square

2006 Looking west past Loews Theatre

Looking west past Loews Theatre

2006 The streets of Times Square

The streets of Times Square

2006 People mill around outside Planet Hollywood

People mill around outside Planet Hollywood

2006 A blur of taxis stream past

A blur of taxis stream past

2006 An iconic steam vent outside Planet Hollywood

An iconic steam vent outside Planet Hollywood

2006 Caricature artists ply their trade

Caricature artists ply their trade

2006 Times Square in black and white

Times Square in black and white

2006 A crosswalk in Times Square

A crosswalk in Times Square

2006 A view with the army recruitment hut

A view with the army recruitment hut

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Food stalls in mid-town somewhere