New York City in the Late 70s and, “Lots of Zeros”
I recently discovered a snapshot of the World Trade Center from my days in New York City in the late 1970s. I suspect it was taken with an old Kodak camera. While the color has faded, I find the photograph interesting.
I wrote an article on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog about my brief, early work in New York City and Wall Street back then, "Lots of Zeros." It is meant to be helpful to new fundraising professionals, but it also brought to mind some happy memories. While in the City, I spent time walking through it from end-to-end over the course of several months, through the beautiful and the rough neighborhoods. I visited every single museum I found, and discovered the then-quiet (but today no longer neglected) Museum of the City of New York, and silver collections that included a few items from what I believe are my ancestors, the Ten Eycks (pre-revolutionary war).
Of course, I was so upset about 9-11. I used to walk over from work to the World Trade Center and have lunch at a terrific cafe in the basement back then. I’ll never forget those healthy, delicious fruit salads with yogurt and poppy seed dressing.
My personal donations to help with 9-11 recovery “long distance” went to The Salvation Army and to FDNY Foundation, and I have kept an eye on the 9/11 Memorial project ever since. My father has been for many years a high level volunteer for the fire department in his community, and one night in New York when a small building next to mine caught fire, I got a first-hand glimpse of how amazing the New York City Fire Department is. And I do mean amazing.