The following was published in the New York Post
True, bricklayer Louis Briendel’s disrespect of 9/11 and its artifacts is sickening, but he’s only following the lead of Gov. Pataki, Mayor Bloomberg, the LMDC and the developers of the World Trade Center site ("9/11 Kin Rip ‘Net Seller of WTC Toy,” March 13).
Silverstein gets every centimeter of his rental space back. Greenwich Avenue will be extended through the site to serve the new buildings there — and, I guess, to add to the traffic in New York City.
Community Board 1 gets a nice, convenient space with a nice, pleasant memorial that doesn’t actually remind anyone of you-know-what and The Gap and Starbucks at street level.
The clueless intellectual crowd, most of whose prize beliefs were rendered obsolete by 9/11, get a memorial that encompasses all they believe: One that renders no judgment, promises no deliverance and recognizes neither the evil that attacked nor the sacrifice and compassion that responded to it.
It barely acknowledges the humanity lost, and it delivers no message to future generations — except, of course, that all truth is relative.
The art crowd gets a theme park consisting of the world’s first museum dedicated entirely to drawing, a new home for the Joyce Dance theater, a new stage theater made up of three theaters and an international human-rights center.
Meanwhile, the “memorial center” for 9/11 will be squeezed underground, virtually in the basement of the human-rights center.
The iconic facade of the World Trade Center, rejected by the jury as part of the memorial because it is representative of 9/11 — and would therefore impose meaning — is dismantled and rests in a hanger at JFK.
There is no place for the Sphere, which survived the attacks but will not survive the redevelopment.
So, one bricklayer wants to jump in and join the fun.
He’s only following the governor’s and the LMDC’s lead — the sacred and hallowed part of 9/11 was forsaken a long time ago.