|44th and 8th Avenue, 2010|
And as I told her I wanted to go back to revisit the places in lower Manhattan I remember, with a shock, I just realized.
It's happened again.
For the third time in my lifetime, a great American city that I thought was invulnerable and would be there forever, has been devastated and totally changed by disaster.
New York, 2001. New Orleans, 2005. New York, 2012. The Jersey shore, 2012. These are the places I know. I realize that in my lifetime other great cities - not my own - have also been devastated. Detroit, for one.
New York will recover, so too will the shore. But it is frightening to realize that in our lifetime, these irreversible changes have taken place.
Hold fast to your memories, and cherish them. Work to preserve the infrastructure of our great cities. Our libraries, our historical buildings. These cities are the repositories of our American culture. Let's not let them die.