When walking past the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Amsterdam Ave, and 111th street, no child can resist its inviting stairs. Without a stroller for once, I follow. We look at the statuary pedestals on which the carved figures are standing in the central portal. We find some eerie stories far removed from the biblical lore. Look up and see the World Trade Center falling down in a cloud of smoke. The thing is, these were carved no later than 1997.