This is a storytelling photo for me because of growing up in Building 877, which is one of several delapidated military housing apartments slated for demolition. As a kid, I was unaware of the rundown state of these apartments, I just knew it was home and our unit had “cool views” of the city. Looking at the railing on top of 877 I remember Good Morning America, with Joan Lunden and David Hartmann, filming the 1976 Bicentennial Tall Ships celebration on the roof . I also just remember walking amongst throngs of visitors, including our relatives we invited onto the island for the big event, and feeling so lucky we lived there. They called these apartments “the projects” but, I have nothing but fond memories of living really close to our neighbors, which I thought was fun, feeling safe playing and exploring all over the island, hearing taps at dusk, walking with my best friend around the entire island (~ 5 miles around) in 30 minutes, and having access to Manhattan just a short ferry ride away across the Buttermilk Channel. This photo also triggers bittersweet memories, seeing the new Freedom Tower, replacing the view of the World Trade Centers which we saw from our living room window. But, this picture also makes me feel hopeful for the future, with the Freedom Tower looking beautiful and strong, my daughter swinging high and free symbolizing the security and joy she feels in her life, and the site of Building 877 soon making way for a new park which will be made accessible to all. This photo captures history in the making and days gone by.