MY_WTC #560 | Cynthia 1989

Me & The World Trade Center

My favorite part of the trip was visiting the World Trade Center. These were my favorite buildings ever and I couldn’t wait to go see them in person and enjoy the amazing views.

The photo was taken on a very hazy, unclear, hot, humid day in July of 1989. I was 20 years old.

Here I am with my mom. I’m dressed in my favorite peach romper and matching peach hair scrunchy (it was definitely okay to wear scrunchies in 1989!) with the World Trade Center in the hazy background.

It was unusual for me, someone from the west coast and under 25 years old, to have visited New York City three times. I have been in the World Trade Center all three of those times. The buildings were modern and cool, and just simply spectacular.  I even loved the first floor plaza. I just loved being there. Those buildings were damn special to me.

On each of my visits to the World Trade Center, I wanted desperately to eat in the nice restaurant that was on the top floor of the north tower, Windows On The World. Unfortunately, the prices were high and the people whom I was with did not want to eat there because of it. I wish I would have gone in there anyway by myself to enjoy the restaurant even if only for a drink and make my friends wait. It’s now too late. I did at least stop on the floor of the restaurant and take a peak, but that was it.

I was teaching fourth grade on 9/11/01. It was the probably the fourth day of school. I cried every night for weeks.  All I could think about was the building and how special it was to me, and all of those people who died in the building.

Here is an archived link to the original Windows On The World restaurant website. You can see what was on the menus and everything. I remember looking at this site on the night of 9/11 and many times after remembering, wishing, crying.