To the editor,
It’s a little difficult to follow the line of thought taken by the PA with regards to the relocation of “The Sphere”. Has there been opposition to it remaining in Battery Park, or is there just a push to bring it closer to the WTC site?
The National September 11 Museum and Memorial, who appears to be the decision maker with regards to all things 9/11, and is the caretaker of the space where the sphere originally stood, has vetoed its inclusion in that area (which has significantly more open space than the new park). Why? Do they not find it to be a significant artifact?
The PA, has determined that the new park area “falls within the WTC boundaries”. How was that determined?? Is this true, or is it a statement made by the PA to justify the move to Liberty Park?
The site of the current elevated park was, up until Sept 11th, a parking lot, a cross street, and the Deutche Bank building – all private or city owned property. The WTC was on the opposite side of a then 4-lane wide Liberty Street. The bridge, which just reopened, led to the sidewalk on the South side of Liberty Street, and had no direct connection to the WTC buildings. It was built with the neighborhood workers and residents in mind, to make it easier for them (us) to cross the West Side Highway.
I certainly agree that the sphere needs to be on public display, but I also support the CB1 resolution to oppose placing it in the new park.
As Ms. Perillo mentioned in your article, this new space somehow gives one the feeling of return to normalcy, after so many years of disruption. I felt the exact same thing, the first time I crossed the bridge and sat out there. If the PA “doesn’t have the right to force the sphere on the Plaza”, why do they feel that they have the right to force it on a neighborhood that would prefer to simply enjoy a quiet, new green space – without the crowds and selfie sticks?
PS – I really enjoy following Dr. Hoff’s journey in the Daily. Thanks for sharing it with us.