Ground Zero Reborn

One of the best parts of my job is getting to go places and see things not many people have a chance to visit in person. Sunday was one of those days.

Thanks to a pair of generous New York Port Authority Police officers, T60 was escorted past the public viewing area at Ground Zero and toured around the site of the former World Trade Center. It was a pretty incredible experience.

We were there shooting a video for the charity organization Kids In Need. One of its members walked from Chicago to New York this summer, ending the journey at Ground Zero on September 11th.

The walk raised money for kids who have lost a parent as a result of the war on terror started that day in 2001. We were shooting video around the site when a Port Authority cop spotted me and let me know about the video restrictions surrounding the site. When she found out what we were doing there, she opened the gate and told us to follow her.

She introduced us to her sergeant, and the two of them proceeded to escort us onto the site and give us a tour. While it remains a sad place, there is optimism.  Buildings are going up, the memorial is taking shape, and the city bustles around it all.

It’s certainly a day I’ll never forget, and I’m be anxious to share the video in the coming weeks.

–Tony Gnau