A little note from Karen
- September 12, 200l
IPV's earliest lines of cards consisted of hand drawn pen and ink images of the neighborhoods and landmarks from our home town, New York City.
Ira and I were students at CCNY's School of Architecture when these buildings were newly completed. We studied them intimately and have visited them on many occasions. We've had friends and family who worked there.
This morning we dwell in the shadow of tragedy, about 8 miles from Ground Zero,
breathing in the fumes from the fires that continue to burn on Manhattan Island. We have been personally affected by the attack. Our 14 year old son attends high school right up the street from the World Trade Center. He had strolled through the WTC plaza less than half an hour before the first plane hit the first tower. We were lucky to find out early on that his school building had not been affected and that the students were safely evacuated. We received
hourly telephone updates while waiting for him to return home. We are among the lucky ones, because he did make it back home.
We know that some of our friends and neighbors won't be as lucky.
This page was pounded on the day of the tragedy. People are apparently trying to find images of the World Trade Center in happier days. If you're seeking images of how our beautiful skyline looked up until yesterday, you can visit these pages, which have images of Lower Manhattan and New York Bay. We also have a color image of the skyline from the bay. We are in absolute shock to realize that when the smoke clears, those two towers, the signature of New York City, will be missing.
Our thoughts are prayers are with our friends and neighbors whose loved ones are missing or lost, along with the brave and brilliant fire fighters, police
officers, emergency service workers and health professionals who have rushed in during our darkest hours.
You can read further personal reflections at Wet Paint.