WPC: Place in the World

Like Erica, who’s challenging us to share our Place in the World, I too have a thing for the Big Apple. This has to do with the combination of several things: beautiful architecture (I die for those art deco buildings); the proximity to water and substantial green areas (making it more than just a concrete jungle); and the abundance of cultural activities (wonderful museums, great theater and musicals, jazz clubs, etc). There’s something magic about NYC that puts me in a great mood, makes me want to go out and soak the energy around me. I feel inspired and experience a “joie de vivre” there that I experience nowhere else in the world. The last time I was in New York, in 2016, I arrived at our hotel after two flights (one of them international) and a long taxi ride from the airport, in terrible traffic jams. All of that while still recovering from the a severe cold I got at the end of our Brazil visit. I collapsed in bed, slept for a couple of hours, and when I woke up I felt a burst of energy and a strong urge to go out, walk for a while and stop somewhere for a good dinner. And so we did. And, like magic, I felt strong and healthy again. Only in New York!! Time to go back… ūüėČ



“Oculus,” is a giant white metal structure that houses the new¬†World Trade Center Transportation Hub and¬†a huge Westfield mall. Its creator, Spanish neofuturistic architect¬†Santiago Calatrava, wanted the structure to look like a bird being released from a child‚Äôs hands. The complex has¬†a train station with a large and open mezzanine under the National September 11 Memorial plaza. This mezzanine is connected to an aboveground structure –the Oculus– located between 2 World Trade Center and 3 World Trade Center‚ÄĒas well as to public concourses under the various towers in the World Trade Center complex. The building has become a¬†major tourist¬†attraction and the space is very pleasant, with great¬†shops, and the “Eataly,” on the third floor of the Mall, is¬†a good option for quick meals, coffee, drinks, and even some food/home shopping. I wish I had more time to explore the whole complex, but that will have to wait for another time… Here are some images of Oculus.