September 11th

That day changed everything, forever. Being here and watching NYC go through September 11th was like watching your father get beat up in front of you. Everything I thought I knew changed. NYC was the safest, strongest city in the world to me and it was painful to have that shattered. And that was just a small side effect of the bigger picture and how the world changed. For that I will never ever forgive the people responsible. I remember that day like it was yesterday. I woke up, checked my emails. Didn’t turn on the radio for some reason. Was still tired from the Marc Jacobs show and after party the night before. My assistant called to tell me a plane had crashed into the first tower of the World Trade Center so she was going to be a little late. I turned on my TV and at that moment the TV went out. I left my house to start my day and ran into my friend Kathy Kemp and her boyfriend (now husband) Tom in front of her store on 3rd street. They told me what had been going on the past few hours as I listened in shock, I had been oblivious for the first hour as the TV and phones were all out. It was a numbing and awful day to say the least. I didn’t go downtown to the WTC site for over a year. I couldn’t bring myself to go down there because it was too shocking and sad to think about. Even though I didn’t lose anyone close to me that day I still cry at the thought of all of it, we all lost something. Thoughts and prayers to everyone who lost a loved one and to the rest of us that lost something near and dear, a small part of our hearts died that day. I love you NYC.

Jasper Johns’ American flag painting above…

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