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Want to see the Twin Towers again? There’s an app for that

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The ghosts of Sept. 11 are still with us. And now you can get two more — the Twin Towers themselves — on your iPhone.

Greenpoint resident Brian August has created a mobile app that superimposes silhouettes of the World Trade Center’s iconic towers onto photos of the New York skyline — from any point in the city.

As a native New Yorker who grew up in awe of Lower Manhattan skyscrapers, August wanted to memorialize the bygone towers and show them to younger generations.

“It’s the real experience — as much as I can give it to someone,” August said. “I was obsessed with the fact that they were missing and thought about how I could explain them to someone who’d never seen them.”

Called 110 Stories, the free program is scheduled for release in Apple’s App Store on Wednesday.

The app works by using augmented reality, the latest smartphone technology that fuses computer-generated content and real-world views.

First, the software uses a global positioning system to identify where users are with sci-fi precision — determining their latitude, longitude and the angle at which they’d see the towers.

Then it directs them to the best position to snap a photo. Within seconds, two imperfect, but scale models of the towers appear on the screen — exactly where they would have been on Sept. 10, 2001.

August deliberately made the towers similar to pencil drawings, without details or interiors, because otherwise the images “would get too creepy.”

“This is an artist’s rendering of the buildings, a couple of paint strokes, and that’s enough,” he said.

The app creates a dark outline during the day and a white contour at night and works whether users are across the street in Lower Manhattan, at Fulton Ferry Landing or on a rooftop in Williamsburg.

In fact, the digital buildings mimic a World Trade Center model made of copper tubing that he photographed on his roof last summer.

Back then, he had a friend hold up the metal mold before the skyline, took a photo on his cellphone — and his idea was born.

“When we looked at it on the iPhone, we were blown away,” August said. “I knew it needed to be an app, but then I wondered, ‘How the hell am I going to do this?’ ”

He did it by quickly raising $25,000 this summer. A Chicago-based developer designed the dream app and a German company programmed the augmented reality engine. The program has gained so much attention even prior to launch that Google has offered to help build an Android version.

The program will coincide with a website, 110stories.com, which allows users to share their photos and anecdotes on the iconic buildings.

August said he’s hosting a launch party the day before Sept. 11 to begin collecting people’s snapshots and stories.

“We’re creating these beautiful agnostic views of the towers,” August said. “And now wherever people are in New York, they can see them again.”

For info, visit www.110stories.com.

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Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I would like even better if the Twin Towers were rebuilt in real life. They are much better than what is planned, and will actually cost lesser and be built faster if done. Much of the official plan has gone over budget with some of it delayed indefinitely. Due to the fact that flagship building resemebles a giant tombstone, I consider it a 21st century Taj Mahal. Honestly, I view the official plan as a monument to the terrorists while rebuilding the Twin Towers by showing defiance in having back what was taken from us that day.
Sept. 7, 2011, 2:21 pm
Daquan13 from East Boston says:
TalB, the one who's been acting like a spoiled and selfish little boy with his undying love & advocacy for the Twins to be rebuilt, and also the one who spammed, hijacked and trolled most of the threads about the Freedom Tower & Ground Zero, was BANNED from SSC!

This individual was constantly being pandered, pampered and spoiled by the mods & admins there for years, and has been taking apart threads on the Freedom Tower & Ground Zero piece by piece, and by spamming, hijacking and trolling every WTC thread there with his intense and annoying hate-spewing comments and his ridiculously annoying rants for the Twins to be rebuilt!! This individual is an Internet / forum hijacker, repeatedly forever saying things like;

"Look here. I want the Twins to be rebuilt for Ground Zero!!!! You guys are personally attacking me just because I want the Twins to be rebuilt. I want the Twins to be rebuilt because I hate the Freedom Tower. Getting me to support the Freedom Tower would be like getting me to support Osama Binladen and the al Quaeda network. I'm not walking out on the chance that the Twins could be rebuilt. I want the Twins to be rebuilt. The Freedom Tower is only being built and planned to represent Osama Binladen. I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!! I'm not giving up on the Twins. The Freedom Tower is just a monument to terrorism and it should be called the Mohamed Atta Tower. I want the Twins to be rebuilt for Ground Zero because it's the right thing to do. I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!!"

"I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!! TTT, TTA and all of us who want the Twins to be rebuilt are forming an alliance that will help us work together and make us strong in getting the Twins to be rebuilt. The Freedom Tower is just a monument to terrorism. I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!!"

"I want the Twins to be rebuilt for Ground Zero!!! I should send an e-mail to Congress, asking them to have the construction of the Freedom Tower stopped and have the Twins rebuilt for Ground Zero instead. I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!! There are no other tall office buildings in the world like the Twins!. I'd give anything just to have the Twins rebuilt for Ground Zero. I want the Twins to be rebuilt!! Stop it with the personal attacks toward me Daquan13, because......; When the dust clears at Ground Zero, you'll all see that the Twins will be rebuilt there instead of this phony replacement that you guys call the Freedom Tower. I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!! I've got a few choice names of my own for that uglybug building; How about the Fraudom Tower, the Mohammed Atta Tower, the Osama BinLaden Tower, the Wuss Trade Center Tower, or the al Quaeda network Tower? Or even the World's Tallest Copycat or the World's Tallest Cheater? It is just a monument to terrorism. I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!!"

"I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!! The Freedom Tower will NEVER be as tall as the Twins were. The Freedom Tower will not have the same elegance, beauty, respect, pride and dignity as the Twins. Just making a post here to say that Louis Epstein, myself and other full-pledged advocates of the Twins are planning to attend a meeting tonight to have the Twins rebuilt. The Twins shouldn't have to take a back seat for the crap that is planned for Ground Zero!! The Twins don't have to take a back seat to anything! I'd rather have the Twins back over anything else. The Freedom Tower is just a monument to terrorism! I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!!"

"I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!! If I could turn back the hands of time, I'd love and want the Twins back over anything else. Forget the Freedom Tower because it is just a monument to terrorism - rebuild the Twins instead!! I want the Twins to be rebuilt for Ground Zero!!!!!!!!!"

"I want the Twins to be built!! Daquan13, you and the others got absolutely no right stereotyping me just because I want the Twins to be rebuilt and because I hate the Freedom Tower. Just because you guys like that uglybug poor excuse for an office building, which is also a monument to terrorism, it doesn't mean that I have to, because I hate it. I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!!"

"I want the Twins to be rebuilt!! You guys should already know that I want the Twins to be rebuilt and that I hate the Freedom Tower. I want the Twins to be rebuilt. You guys are personally attacking me just because I hate the Freedom Tower. The Freedom Tower is so ugly! The Twins are more beautiful looking than the Freedom Tower will EVER be. I want the Twins to be rebuilt. You lose, Daquan13, I win because my money is on the Twins to be rebuilt!! The Belton / Gardner / Trump Design of the Twins is the way to go!! The Freedom Tower has an uglybug concrete bunker base and it is just a monument to terrorism. I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!'

"I want the Twins to be rebuilt!! I will attend the signing of the 3 steel beams for the Freedom Tower and rally there with my collegues who also hate the Freedom Tower, for the Twins to be rebuilt!! I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!! Just because the steel columns were put there for the Freedom Tower, it still doesn't mean that it's being built or will be built. This is just another false start by Pataki. On 07-04-04, the construction was supposed to start then, but it didn't. I still don't think that the Freedom Tower will be built at all. The Freedom Tower will be stopped again, just like it was stopped many times before. It's still possible that the Freedom Tower's foundation work can be stopped and the Twins put in its place. I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!! The Freedom Tower is nothing but a disgusting pile of junk in addition to it being a monument to terrorism!! Twin Towers, please. The buildings that should be put back there are the ones that I've been fighting for all along - The Twins!! I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!! I will NOT rest until and unless the Twins are rebuilt!! I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!"

"I want the Twins to be rebuilt!! Gov Sptitzer, now that he has been elected, may hopefully decide to have the Freedom Tower stopped and have the Twins rebuilt there instead. David Paterson is blind to the fact that the Twins need to be rebuilt instead of the Freedom Tower. I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!! Here is a list of my collegues and advocates who are saying that the Twins should be rebuilt. I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!! My avatar is a pic of my two favorite buildings of all time - the Twins!! I want the Twins to be rebuilt!! The Freedom Tower is just a monument to terrorism. I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!!"

"I want the Twins to be rebuilt!! If the Freedom Tower gets built, which I doubt very seriously that it will. then I will not visit it because I hate it!! It's just a monument to terrorism. I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!!!!!!!"

"I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!! Ground Zero truly deserves to have the Twins put back there instead of the Freedom Tower, which I hate. I hate the Freedom Tower. I want the Twins to be rebuilt. I hate the Freedom Tower. I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!! I hate the Freedom Tower!! I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!! I hate the Freedom Tower!! I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!!!!!!!! I hate the Freedom Tower!! I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!!!!!!!! I hate the Freedom Tower!! I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!! I hate the Freedom Tower!! I want the Twins to be rebuilt!! I hate the Freedom Tower!! I want the Twins to be rebuilt!! I hate the Freedom Tower!! I want the Twins to be rebuilt!! I hate the Freedom Tower!! I want the Twins to be rebuilt!! I hate the Freedom Tower, mainly because it's a monument to terrorism!! I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!!!!!!!!"

"I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!! Restoring the Lower Manhattan Skyline back to the time how it once was before 09-11 assures us that we will have won the fight against terrorism, which to me, the Freedom Tower is a monument to terrorism. I want the Twins to be rebuilt!!!"

It just went on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on!! This individual lived, ate, pissed, crapped, slept and did everything else completely revolving his life around the Twins!!

He worshipped those two dinosaur buildings day & night - as though he were worshipping God in church on Christmas morning!!! And he objected to this rather stylish design of the Freedom Tower that is just as tall as the old Twins, yet he still insists on worshipping 2 mediocre slabs from the early '70s!!

His 2nd precious Twin Towers Advocacy thread was locked by a mod and he just went bonkers into a fit of rage and just flipped a gasket!! That outburst, along with threats by him to spam, hijack and troll a thread about Ground Zero with his stupid advocacy and love for the Twins until he got what he wanted, which was for that stupid idiotic thread to be reinstated, has caused him to be banned from the forum!!

This individual's reign of idiocy there has ended and is kaput!! Just like his reign of idiocy that won't start here, because I'll NEVER allow it to happen!!

Here's MY message to you, TalB; Get the heck over it!!! Get over it!! They're not coming back!! Deal with it!!! Are the lights on? Deal with it!!!!!!!!! Deal with it and get over it!!!!!!!!! Deal with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sept. 10, 2011, 11:08 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I know it's you Watusi, and you can't disguise yourself anymore.
Sept. 11, 2011, 12:39 pm
Daquan13 from East Boston says:
Man: "You're running at 1550, the house is lit." Little Boy: "Mom, can we keep him?"
Sept. 11, 2011, 10:41 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Cut out the impersonations, Watusi, or Other Mike, or you streetblogger zealouts.

First off, please don't throw any temper tantrums at me or even wish I was one of the victims who died in the attacks just for saying this, because I am entitled to my views just as much as you are all entitled to yours'.

I will never see this as a good replacement. As a matter of fact, I will always look at it as either a symbol of appeasement or even a monument to those who have forever changed us. Also, I tend to look at the Freedom Tower as the equivalent to building a statue of Osama Bin Laden and saying that he succeded.

The process that picked this was hardly democratic making the name that former Governor George Pataki giving it a mockery to that name. If the PANYNJ hardly have the money for it, then why continue with it?

Instead, they should just cap it off and have the Twin Towers rebuilt instead, which would not just save them money, but also time as well. Tolls on their crossings should not be raised just to cover the costs of this when it has nothing to do with them to begin with, which is why they keep on going up so much.
Sept. 30, 2011, 5:03 pm
Sam from Bk says:
Tal you are a few fries short a happy meal my friend
Oct. 4, 2011, 6:52 pm
Jeff says:
I would rather see those TWIN TOWERS AGAIN, other then that so called freedom tower. When I heard that they were going to be rebuilt I was happy, until I found out about that so call freedom tower. I would love to see those 2 towers rise once again. So let them rise and throw the freedom tower's design in the trash where it belongs, and put the TWIN TOWERS where they belong standing in NEW YORK. By the way if you want that freedom tower build it in Washington DC some other time.
Jan. 5, 2013, 10:57 pm

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