A quote I just had to share (from pgs 47-48)... (emphasis by me)
Our hotel accommodation fit with our determination to connect with the events of 9/11. The Millennium Hotel, on Church Street in Lower Manhattan, had been seriously damaged by the collapse of the World Trade Center, which showered the hotel with debris and blew out its windows. The hotel runs along the east side of Ground Zero, with its rebuilt windows offering panoramic views of the site. When Lee walked into his hotel room the night before the hearing and opened the curtains, he had to sit down and pause for several minutes.
Nothing can prepare you for your first encounter with Ground Zero. It was Lee’s first glimpse of the site, and he was struck immediately by the enormity of the emptiness, which does not fully come across on television or in photographs: including the two towers, six buildings collapsed as a result of the attack, leaving sixteen acres of empty space in the middle of one of the most densely populated areas on earth. Gazing down at the space, a year and half after 9/11, Lee had a new understanding of and appreciation for the magnitude of the tragedy.