“The New Yorker” and The Twin Towers

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”
— former President George W. Bush

In 2017 the National 9/11 Memorial Museum held a special exhibition of covers from “The New Yorker,” that quintessential New York magazine. Only covers that had shown illustrations of the Twin Towers were displayed. From the earliest days of the Towers to a watery, reflective image of them on the September 12th 2001 cover to the present-day redesigned World Trade Center site, “The New Yorker” covers show how these landmarks were an integral part of the Big Apple’s image and identity. Condé Nast, publisher of “The New Yorker,” is the anchor tenant at One World Trade Center.

Here are some of “The New Yorker” covers that were on display.

“Untitled” by Robert Weber, December 3, 1973.

“Untitled” by Paul Degan, May 8, 1978

“Untitled” by Eugène Mihaesco, May 14, 1979

“Untitled” by Charles Addams, May 5, 1980

“Untitled” by Arthur Getz, July 19, 1982

“Untitled” by Bob Knox, May 2, 1988

“Untitled” by Robert Mankoff, August 22, 1988

“Untitled” by Bob Knox, September 17, 1990

“Cat Walk” by Gürbüz Dogan Eksioglu, March 22, 1993

 “Back in the New World” by Jacques de Loustal, October 11, 1993

“Mohawk Manhattan” by Antia Kunz, July 10, 1995

“City of Dreams” by Edward Sorel, February 22 & March 1, 1999

“High Fashion” by Danuta Dabrowska-Siemaszkiewicz, November 8, 1999

“Center of the Universe” by Mark Ulriksen, January 10, 2000

“Young Architects” by Benoît van Innis, August 6, 2001

“Reflections” by Ana Juan, September 12, 2001

“9/11/01” Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly, September 24, 2001

“What So Proudly We Hailed” by Carter Goodrich, November 5, 2001

“New Year’s Resolutions” by Owen Smith, January 7, 2002

“Soaring Spirit” by John Mavroudis and Owen Smith, Sept. 11, 2006
Inspired by the August 1974 high-wire stunt made by Philippe Petit (1949–present), this cover celebrates his back-and-forth walk on a 131-foot-long cable that he and his partners had strung between the Twin Towers. Without a net he balanced for 45 minutes 1,350 feet above the World Trade Center Plaza.

“Defiance” by Ana Juan, May 27, 2013

“Memorial Plaza” by Adrian Tomine, July 7 & 14, 2014
In the aftermath of the attacks, family members of those who died, as well as city officials and New Yorkers in general wanted a means to commemorate and remember what had happened at the World Trade Center site. The 9/11 Memorial opened on the 10th anniversary of New York City’s darkest day.

Please read our past article remembering September 11th 2001.
An Ephemeral 9/11 Memorial
Artifacts at the 9|11 Museum
The Bell of Hope at St. Paul’s Chapel
Remembering 9|11, Far from New York
New York’s Bravest and New York’s Darkest Day
The 9|11 Memorial

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