Back in May a woman named Sabrina from Staten Island ran a search for 'steel sculpture'. Two months of chaos theory later we find ourselves in an office on Van Duzer Street, in the super-charged company of George Christo*.
'Every fire station in the borough is showing up!' he whooped, clapping his hands together. 'Unless there's a three-alarm fire, Chief said we'll be there.' George jumped back on the phone, fire in his eyes lit by the prospect of an incredible afternoon on the North Shore.
This Friday at three o'clock Jon will be bringing his cross to The Postcards, Staten Island's waterfront memorial to her men and women lost on 9-11. Through the neighborhood, among the firefighting community and all the way up to the office of Borough President James Molinaro we could feel a tangible wave of emotion rising. And this was just in a couple of hours. After weeks of prepping and polishing and waiting the cross will stand once again, for the first time in full view of the altered Manhattan landscape.
BUT FIRST... Thursday (July 14th, tomorrow as this goes online) we will be rolling into Hoboken, New Jersey. For those close by, look for us in the area of the PATH station as 5:00 draws near. Saturday we plan on heading into Brooklyn; we have no set schedule, but as we learned on our way across the country some of the best moments arise when we leave things to Chance. For up-to-the-minute information on the whereabouts of the cross be sure to follow us on twitter. We'd love to see you out there.
* George Christo and Sabrina Hamilton of Door to Door Realty have been instrumental in turning our planned visit to Staten Island into a most promising occasion. Thank you both for your tremendous help, we wish you all the best as you continue to brighten your borough through your honorable, admirable work.