Remembering Sept 11 - The Tribute in Light from the Yonkers Waterfront

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605

Tribute In Light from the Yonkers WaterfrontLast year there was a great deal of hoopla about the 10th anniversary of  the tragedy of 9/11.  The anniversary is always a time to reflect on what happened that day and all that has happened since.   This year was a bit different, Sept 11 seemed to appear almost by stealth. Of course none of us  will ever forget that day.   But this time the fanfare wasn't there - though we all note the day in our own way.  However,  this evening while I was driving home, I realized that I could see the "Tribute in Light " from my car.  It seemed to be calling me, so I decided at the last minute to drive to the Yonkers Waterfront.  When I got there, there were several local residents doing the same thing.  It was a lovely evening, cool and crisp so quite a few people were looking at the lights and taking in the memorial plaque and observing the lights from the vantage point of the waterfront.  Then I realized that I had my telephoto lens and camera box with me, so I decided to try and take a picture.

This is not one of my best shots.  The Tribute of light is to the left of the bridge - they are faint even though this is quite a long exposure. The lights on the pier got in the way a bit and I didn't have a bulb release for the shutter -so camera shake was a problem.  The lights on the George Washington Bridge  were also a distraction.  In order to see the lights, I had to overexpose  the shots so that the sky and water appeared a strange color of tan. When I tried to correct that later, the lights disappeared.  So I decided to use a black and white version.   But being there on the pier was worth the time. The names on the plaque next to me told the story of lives snuffed out all too soon.  I counted 24 names - all Yonkers residents.

Our lives may have moved on, but they have never been the same - which is as it should be.

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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

We can see it from our home in NJ, although there are several memorial locations set up with even better views from this side of the river.

Sep 11, 2012 08:47 PM #1
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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I think your shot is wonderful.  Glad you took some time to stop off and capture the moment.

Sep 11, 2012 08:51 PM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Ruthmarie.... what a beautiful photo.... and a nice tribute in remembrance of that horrible day.

Sep 11, 2012 09:31 PM #3
Christine Smith
Buyers Brokers Only LLC - - Canton, MA
Exclusive Buyer Agent & Attorney, Canton, MA

Ruthmarie....I think it is a great photo...thanks for sharing it with us!

Sep 11, 2012 10:28 PM #4
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Hi Wayne and Jean - The view from NJ must be amazing.  We can see the beams in the sky sort of disembodied from many points in Westchester, but they are very faint.  Last year I saw them from Tarrytown, but getting a picture didn't work out that time since I didn't have my gear with me that day.  Taking the picture came to me as I saw the sight from the river walk- I don't always carry a strong telephoto, but I had one on me last night.


Thanks Debbie - it just pales in comparison to the actual sight...It may be one of those things that you have to see for yourself to fully get the feel of.  In any case, if you can remember next year - I highly recommend taking it in. Its a great place for quiet reflection.  I had been afraid it would be too noisy since its where all the restaurants are.  But people were respecting the special nature of the place and th day.

Hi Barbara - It was a horrible day.  I don't think anyone will ever forget where we were when we heard about the attack. Its one of those events that's burned on our memories.  For my parents it was the JFK assassination.  For their parents, the attack on Pearl Harbor.  For us it is 911. 


Hi Christine - Thanks - but the real site was so haunting.  

Sep 12, 2012 01:35 AM #5
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