For Kevin Sabbagh, the opportunity was just too good to pass up.
A fifth-generation iron worker in New York, Sabbagh was working on the construction of the Freedom Tower when he decided to recreate the famous black-and-white photo of an iron worker hitting a shot from a beam during the construction of Rockefeller Center.
In a way, getting the opportunity to do that while building the Freedom Tower was beyond appropriate. Sabbagh was one of the countless Americans affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Sabbagh was in his freshman year of high school in Goshen, New York, a town about an hour outside of the city, on 9/11. The events that day "hit closer to home than anyone would like," he said.
After hearing rumors of the terrorist attack early in the day, Sabbagh received first confirmation in his fifth-period class from his teacher. When he got to ninth period, there was a substitute teacher because the permanent one was in the National Guard and had been called down to Ground Zero.
That was nothing compared to the news he found out when he got home.
While most of Sabbagh's father's side of the family was involved in the iron industry, his mother's side of the family were firefighters in New York City. Sabbagh's uncle, Jim Riches, was a New York City fire deputy. His cousin Jimmy Riches was a firefighter for Engine 4 in the city and had gone missing after the World Trade Centers had collapsed.
"When I got home, it really sank in when my mother told me they couldn't find Jimmy," Sabbagh said by phone on Thursday.
Riches' body wouldn't be found until March 25, 2002. When it was located in the North Tower, it was right next to a woman's body on a stretcher. An article in The New York Post said that Riches had probably been carrying the woman out of the building when it collapsed.
In the years since Riches' death, there have been a number of different ways that his family has kept his legacy alive. One of them is a golf outing, a game that is practically ingrained in being a Riches or Sabbagh.
When Sabbagh was young, his father gave him and his older brother cut-down golf clubs and let them hit balls against the garage. Soon, the boys were hitting balls over the garage and into the neighbor's houses.
As Sabbagh got older, his love of the game grew. That all led to Sept. 22, 2012, when Sabbagh decided he was going to hit a ball off of the Freedom Tower and into the Hudson River about a quarter of a mile away.
For days, Sabbagh checked the weather report for a wind to come from the east. Known among his friends for his 300-yard drives, Sabbagh figured his distance plus the wind plus the 1,400-feet elevation would give him enough carry to reach the water.
"It looked fake, the city. That's how high up you are," Sabbagh said.
The forecast gave Sabbagh favorable conditions on Sept. 22, but he never got the opportunity to hit the ball.
"During the day of the photo, the winds started coming in from the north," Sabbagh said. "There was a park below us with kids playing baseball and soccer, so I thought it was probably best just to pose."
So no, Sabbagh never did get the chance to hit a shot from the tower, which officially opened earlier this year. But much like the black-and-white photo that originally inspired Sabbagh, his photo did find its way onto a poster.
"I gave one to my uncle recently and my cousin was there and she gasped and was speechless," Sabbagh said. "It's at just the right angle to see how high you are. It's unbelievable."