I moved to New York City in 2004. Since then, I’ve lived in Manhattan, Brooklyn and now Queens. NYC has given me so much in my life and I’m very proud to have made it here when I set out to be on my own.

With that said, I can’t NOT talk about 9/11 today. I remember exactly where I was and who I was with when the first plane hit. I was a sophomore in high school with the aspiration to live in NYC. My family visited practically every year (at least since we’ve lived stateside) because my dad is from here. He was born in Brooklyn and raised in and around this great city. Then he joined the military.

Anyway, I’ve always had a burning love for this city and will continue to love this city for as long as I’m on this planet.  I wasn’t here on 9/11, but I’ve been lucky to witness the rise of the Freedom Tower. It has been incredible to watch this iconic highrise take its place in the NYC skyline. To me, it represents how resilient and encouraging this country (and city even!) is!

Every time I look at the Freedom Tower, I will never forget the World Trade Center and 9/11. The Freedom Tower stands at 1,776 feet and is America’s tallest building!!

With today also being Where I Work Wednesday, I thought it would only be appropriate to share the view I had as I walked to lunch. I love how the tower sprouts out from downtown (it was a bit cloudy today…but hot).

Taken from the corner of Sixth Avenue and 22nd Street

Here are some other photos I’ve taken in the last couple of years of the Freedom Tower’s construction:

Took this picture from a dinner cruise around Manhattan on the water: July 2011
Took this from Jersey City when my parents visited last year: July 2012

Took this after Run for the Warriors: June 2013


  1. I really is a beautiful building! I’ve been trying to nab a good picture of it during my city travels but they just haven’t taken me near enough yet!

  2. It’s so great to see the Freedom Tower going up over the years. Hopefully, it’ll be open soon!

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