Friday, November 02, 2007

Caged


Years ago I used to teach dance to small people. I taught for a couple of city-run after school programs and in a private dance school all in lower Manhattan. One of my city classes was on one side of City Hall and the other classes were on the other side. The fastest way to get from one to the other was to cut across the plaza in front of City Hall. Ever see any episodes of Spin City with outdoor shots of the Mayor's Office? This is where those were shot, on the steps you can see up ahead. I don't remember the plaza ever being empty. Unless there was a rally there weren't crowds but there were always people rushing to and fro. I never tried but I don't think it would have been difficult for a civilian to walk into the lobby. Not so much anymore. I was actually afraid to take this picture because I thought I might get stopped by Homeland Security. I wasn't.

It looks so lonely in there like an empty habitat in a zoo.

5 comments:

  1. Welcome to our newer, "safer," post-9/11 world.

    I think it sucks and am waiting for the frickin' pendulum to swing back. Homeland Security and the Patriot Act, my ass...

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  2. so much change post 9/11. for everyone, but especially for you and your city. the little things, like that photo...it is sad and lonely.

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  3. I used to love walking around here. At least lovely City Hall Park is still open!

    I saw a news clip of Bono going through City Hall security the other day. I guess he was visiting the Mayor for some reason. It was weird watching Bono go through the same security bullshit us plebes have to deal with. And he didn't even have an entourage. IMHO, reason #1,143 to love Bono.

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  4. Our City hall isn't fenced in, because it's also the fire station and where we have fish fries and where the little ones can safely learn to ride bikes.

    It helps to live in an itty bitty town sometimes.

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