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Back in the city that never sLeeps

The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Travel -

Touch down: New York. It’s Septem­ber 11, ex­actly 17 years since I stood on a street in Green­wich Vil­lage and watched the Twin Tow­ers fall. The date’s a fluke, one of those odd twists of hap­pen­stance that can seem, just briefly, to hold clues to the mean­ing of life. Ev­ery­thing changes, New York most of all. I left the city, ul­ti­mately; moved back to Aus­tralia and winced when­ever an old TV show panned across lower Man­hat­tan with a re­minder of what had been lost. Much else has gone since: Carnegie Deli, Elaine’s, the Oak Room at the Plaza, CBGBs and Har­lem’s leg­endary Lenox Lounge. New York in­sti­tu­tions that leave a gap and a pang. Nos­tal­gia, for bet­ter or for worse, is a pow­er­ful force in the city. But so is rein­ven­tion.

Ev­ery­thing changes and in 2014, the glint­ing glass ex­cla­ma­tion mark of One World Trade Cen­tre rose to re­claim the sky down­town. From the top of the 104-storey build­ing you can see the cur­va­ture of the Earth, and the vista be­low, teem­ing with pos­si­bil­ity, can still make me catch my breath. An un­fa­mil­iar flash of sun­struck glass near the river an­nounces not an­other new sky­scraper but the

By Me­gan LehMann

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