11 Items You (Don’t) Need From The 9/11 Museum

Posted by The G on June 3, 2014 under The G Spot | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

World Trade Center Version 2.0

World Trade Center Version 2.0

Let’s face it, when there’s a tragedy, the city it happened in commemorates it with a museum.  It’s tasteless, but it’s just a fact of life.  So with that thinking, it was just a matter of time before New York built a 9/11 Museum.  Curiosity got the better of me and a friend so we visited the museum on Memorial Day.  What I will say is that the museum is high-tech and well laid out.  There are hundreds of artifacts from the worst day in modern history on display.  From horrifying photos of people jumping off the building to their death to miscellaneous items of clothing that were charred and rescued from the building collapses, even the blackest heart will probably shed a tear or two.  It’s sort of strange to think that for every closeup photo you see from “ground zero,” that represents a person who whipped out a camera to capture a tragic moment instead of helping, but as we all know this is the day that changed everything!

I wasn’t living in New York on 9/11/01, and knowing what I know now from living here, reliving the events of this day seem more horrific than ever.  Days like 9/11 remind you of the awesomeness of New York and how when it sucks here, it sucks more than you can even imagine.  New Yorkers get a bad rap as being rude and blunt, but when tragedy strikes, seeing the community come together gives you a kernel of hope for humanity. To think of all the courageous people that risked their own lives to try and save others, the amount of people that didn’t live to tell the tale and the people that have suffered effects of the aftermath is almost too much to take.  The museum will definitely give you a new appreciation for the people that were at the Trade Towers when tragedy struck and it will take your mind on a trip when you think of how many thousands of lives were permanently affected and how many of those stories were never told.

The 9/11 Museum sure does its best to take your wounds of that day, rip them right open again and throw a bunch of salt in it.  From the second you’ve paid your $25 entrance fee, you have to go through airport security and it makes one wish they had a “before 9/11 airport security monitor” as well as an “after 9/11 airport security monitor” just to show the youth of what the world was like before the government decided to scare us all into submission.  To think of all the hassle the world goes through to get onto an airplane now and how many times “the bad guys” have still managed to sneak weapons onto planes makes you think “Let’s have less security.  We’ll take the risk!”  But we don’t have a choice, do we?  There’s also a ton of “America, Fuck Yeah!” propaganda peppered throughout the museum and NOT ONCE is there even the slightest mention that 9/11 “could possibly have been” an inside job.  I’m not here to try and convince anyone of anything – but there is a ton of research out there that if even one out of every one hundred facts are true, it’s enough to make you question everything!   If you are not questioning things, you are sheep and I ask that you please wake up OR move the hell out of my way!

The most tasteless part of the museum, of course, is the gift shop and here are 11 items you DON’T need from the 9/11 Museum gift shop.

The Dogs of 9/11

The Dogs of 9/11

1. A Tribute to the Dogs of 9/11.  There are also doggie costumes (isn’t that animal abuse?) for sale.

9/11 Coffee Mugs

9/11 Coffee Mugs

2. 9/11 Coffee mugs.  I don’t know about you, but I do not need to be reminded of death when I am trying to wake up in the morning.

9/11 Charm Bracelets.

9/11 Charm Bracelets.

3. Charm Bracelets.  No comment needed.

9/11 Earrings!

9/11 Earrings!

4. Earrings.  The commemorative trees at the bottom sort of make sense, but 9/11 earrings?!

9/11 iPhone covers

9/11 iPhone covers

5. 9/11 iPhone cases.  Doesn’t the cover on the right look like a burnt flag to you?  Yikes.

New York Skyline Scarf

New York Skyline Scarf and plate

6. The scarf and plate make perfect sense to be sold in the million “I Love New York” tchotchke shops throughout the city, but in a 9/11 memorial museum, it’s very tacky.

9/11 Stuffed Animal

9/11 Stuffed Animal

7. 9/11 Search and Rescue stuffed animals.  File this one under “creepy toys for kids.”

World Trade Center Scarves!

World Trade Center Scarves!

8. 9/11 Handbags and Scarves.  Upscale and yet, TASTELESS!!!

9/11 totebags

9/11 totebags

9.  9/11 Totebags.  On your daily travels these bags will remind you and everyone you run across with one of the most horrific days in recent memory.  Super size it!

American Flag Coasters.

American Flag Coasters.

10. American Flag Coasters.  America… FUCK YEAH!

9/11 Key-chains, Lanyards

9/11 Key-chains, Lanyards

11. Last and certainly not least – 9/11 Keychains and Lanyards.

Also for sale are coffee table books filled with horrifying photos of the 9/11 events, T-shirts galore and DVDs.  Many of these other items literally baffle me that people would want them, but during our visit to the museum, people were taking selfies in front of building wreckage, so I guess we can go out on a limb and say that the world has officially been ruined and nothing is sacred anymore.

911 Gift Shop (Partial View)

911 Gift Shop (Partial View)

Apparently the America cheese plate has already been discontinued.  Maybe there is hope for humanity?

The line

The line

Exit through the gift shop.

Review: Lianne La Havas live at Bowery Ballroom

Posted by The G on September 12, 2012 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.

Lianne LaHavas

Lianne La Havas (in front)

Hot new artist alert!  British folk/soul singer Lianne La Havas brought her gorgeous and extremely talented self to New York’s Bowery Ballroom where she played a sold out show on September 11, 2012.   The night kicked off with a set from fellow singer-songwriter and La Havas’ sometimes collaborator Willy Mason.

Willy Mason

Willy Mason

Willy’s set was a prelude of things to come as he told great stories in between songs and he made the 500 person capacity venue feel so intimate, it was like he was singing in your living room.  Once Lianne hit the stage just around 9 pm, the thunderous applause she was met with sounded like a stadium and not a mid-sized venue.

Lianne LaHavas

Lianne La Havas

Lianne’s voice is very powerful and she makes it look effortless as she belts out these notes that mere mortals such as myself could never hit in a million years.  If you like the music of Adele, Emeli Sande or Alicia Keys, you’ll love Lianne La Havas.  Her songs deal with love (“Is Your Love Big Enough”)  and loss (“Gone”) and occasionally with falling in love with an older man (“Age”).  She also covered “He Loves Me” by Jill Scott which also blew the roof off the venue.  A video of “Is Your Love Big Enough,” the title track from Lianne’s debut album, will be coming soon so stay tuned.

Lianne LaHavas

Lianne La Havas and her band

Lianne thanked the crowd so many times for all the love in the room and I found myself grinning from ear to ear many times because there was so much love.  I wish this kind of love could spread across the world, but that’s a discussion for another day.  Before the concert was over, Lianne acknowledged the day of her performance – September 11.  It’s a difficult day for the world, but especially New York, and Lianne mentioned that it was so great to see that New York has picked itself up and is able to enjoy itself again on such a heavy day.  Lianne La Havas will be supporting John Legend on his upcoming tour, so there’s no doubt you’ll be hearing a lot more from Lianne.  She’ll be hitting New York towards the end of October 2012, so do not miss her!

Lianne LaHavas

Lianne La Havas

After the show, I spoke with Lianne and of course I asked her to expound on her experience with Prince.  Find out what she said and also see the set list after the jump.

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Love Stories Suck by TMNK

Posted by The G on September 15, 2011 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.  Art by TMNK (The Me Nobody Knows).

Love Stories Suck - but you can still eat my pussy - TMNK
Love Stories Suck – but you can still eat my pussy – TMNK

On September 11, 2011, when a lot of New York was protecting themselves from another attempt by the media to scare us into submission, I was out and about on the town working it as usual.  I stopped by SoHo to see that NOBODY was there.  TMNK stopped by to give away free art, placed strategically throughout the city.  It was already encased in plastic, so as not to ruin it. Now that is full service, according2g.

 
TMNK - Moma
TMNK – Moma

I spent the day with NOBODY and NOBODY made my day.  Thanks for the great art, TMNK!

 

The New World Trade Center

Posted by The G on September 11, 2011 under GNN | Read the First Comment

Photo by G.

The New World Trade Center
The New World Trade Center

For the non-New Yorkers who want to see what’s happening with the construction of the new World Trade Center, here it is.  RIP to all the people that lost their lives on this horrible day 10 years ago.  RIP to the way things used to be before there was intrusive security everywhere. RIP to the era of innocence we lived in before the government and media installed crippling fear, paranoia and hatred into our lives.   Please don’t let the memories of this day be forgotten.  Think for yourselves.  WE outnumber THEM!

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