On May 11th, the Port Authority’s executive director, Pat Foye, assured the public that he had been “committed to finding both a temporary and permanent home in the public domain for this cherished and historic monument” since taking over at the PA last fall. He promised that a new temporary home for the Koenig Sphere, “the iconic bronze sculpture that miraculously survived the 9/11 attacks,” would be announced this week.
“We have worked tirelessly to find a new, accessible public space for this important symbol of hope amid devastation. We believe this sculpture should continue to reside in a location where New Yorkers and people from around the region, nation and the world can view this important reminder of survival and resilience. Since my arrival at the Port Authority, I have been committed to finding both a temporary and permanent home in the public domain for this cherished and historic monument.”
Those assurances do not exactly inspire confidence in Mr. Foye as a problem-solver at the head of an agency that has very big problems. If finding a temporary home for “a cherished and historic monument” is so hard, what hope is there of tackling the agency’s really dire problems?