A couple days ago I was walking by the World Trade Center site and my friend stopped in awe, exclaiming, “Holy crap-it’s not just a big ol’ hole in the ground anymore!” True, it is not. For the past couple years whenever visitors asked if they should take time to go by Ground Zero I always told them to skip it. After all, it was a giant, gaping hole in the ground, with a high fence and there was nothing to really look at or admire. Yes, it is still a big pile of construction but there are steel beams up to a third floor! My friend and I stood there for a few minutes, watching the cranes fling heavy rods of steel around (at which point I snapped the picture above) as we now approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I’m still not sure that Ground Zero should be at the top of places to visit while on a short sojourn to NYC but there’s some pizazz here now—you can stare down the Mosque protestors, visit the new-ish WTC Tribute center, and now, admire construction progress for the 9/11 Memorial that is finally above sea-level!