The 25-ton bronze Koenig Sphere, a sculpture badly damaged in the terrorist attacks of September 11 is coming to the World Trade Center site — but not to its original home on the Memorial Plaza, where it remains unwanted, writes Irene Plagianos in DNA Info.
Before year’s end, the beloved Sphere will be moved to the new Liberty Park, an elevated park atop the Vehicle Security Center overlooking the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.
Many people — especially those in the September 11th community — have fought for the Sphere to return to its original home on the Memorial Plaza, a move that Memorial officials have refused on aesthetic grounds.
City Council approved a number of new street renamings last Thursday. One of them is for a member of the September 11th community, reports Christopher Barca in the Queens Chronicle.
The corner of 29th Street and 21st Avenue will be named for Court Officer Theodore Leoutsakos who died of World Trade Center-related pancreatic cancer years after responding to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
On the day of the attacks, Leoutsakos commandeered a van and hurried to the World Trade Center. He was assisting people near the North Tower when the South Tower collapsed.
Sgt. Hameed Armani and Officer Peter Cybulski were parked on Broadway near Times Square last night when someone tossed a suspected bomb into their vehicle. The device clicked and flashed. The brave cops drove away from the crowd, risking their lives to save the people in Times Square, report Paige Leskin and Chris Brito of PIX 11 News.
‘”I look around, saw a lot of kids, a lot of young people,” said Armani. “We both look at each other and I go, ‘We’re going to go, but I’m not going to have anyone else go with us.'”‘
When they reached a secluded area, the officers put the device on the sidewalk and called the bomb squad.
The device was found to be harmless.