Wow, the 9/11 memorial waterfalls are beautiful. They say they are a symbol of "never-ending tears flowing". I think they are a beautifully designed tribute to those who died and for the families.
Got me thinking of my own personal experience with the Twin Towers. My long-time boyfriend and I regularly took trips to NY city on Christmas time and follow up the trip to his family in upstate NY. In our trip in Dec. 2000, I pressured my BF that we should check out the Twin Towers (there was a restaurant, I believe on the 106th floor, Windows of the World). He didn't really want to go because we were staying on the upper side of the city and it would take a while to get there. I talked him into it, we took a taxi which took about 20+ mins to get there. Looking up at those buildings from the street was dizzying.
When we got there, we had to take three different elevators to get to that floor and there were security guards that guided us to these elevators. The restaurant was quiet, pretty empty since it was in the middle of the week. The way the building is designed as you can see on the picture (source: forumnyc.com) are these long windows. These windows start from the floor up not your usual windows that usually from the waist up. So, you can just stand right up to these windows with your body flat on the glass. This is exactly what my BF did and he thought it was great and he said he felt like he was flying. Now, me personally, who pressured him to go there, could not even get close to the windows because....I am afraid of heights! It felt so scary for me just to get close to the window and tried to look down, I felt like I was going to fall....I just sat on the chairs by the windows. I cannot imagine being in a building that high during a fire.
I've always loved looking out from the airplane window and seeing the Twin Towers...gave me goosebumps, because they were so beautiful.
I love NY city even in the coldest time of the year, Xmas. My friend said it best, it is "large" but "quaint". It has the most diverse group of people and we always meet a lot of friendly people.