Tribute in Light is an art installation commemorating 9/11. Twin beams made up of 88 7000-watt light bulbs laid out to create two 48-foot squares representing the shape and location of the Twin Towers span four miles from the roof of a parking garage in Battery Park up into the sky. The lights are turned on at sunset and remain on until dawn on September 11th each year to honor the victims and can apparently be seen from 60 miles away.
On Monday, sunset was at 7.11 pm. Our walk started at 7 pm outside Brooklyn Borough Hall which displayed a banner listing the names of the victims from the neighborhood.
We headed out to the promenade to get our first view of Manhattan's lights. I wonder if there will ever be a time when you can take a photo of the city skyline that doesn't include a crane!
Many of the old piers in Brooklyn have now been re-purposed for recreational activities. The one below had a soccer pitch, the next had basketball courts, handball courts, a roller rink, and outdoor gym equipment. Judging from the number of people participating, the facilities are obviously very popular with local residents. What a wonderful location to exercise!
As darkness fell, the twin lights could be seen, the views getting more spectacular as it got darker:
I think the lights of Manhattan are a magical sight at any time of the year, but with the somber addition of the Tribute in Light, this was definitely an evening to remember.
When Mel is not out exploring she writes contemporary fiction with a twist of mystery and suspense. Her latest novel Trust No One is now available from Amazon.