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September 11 Ten-Year Anniversary Commemorative Issue

SEPTEMBER 7 - 13, 2011

Silver provides sneak peek of 9/11 Memorial

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Remembering the fallen and honoring Father Judge Last Sunday was the 10th annual “Walk of Remembrance” to honor the lives lost during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and to celebrate the life of Father Mychal Judge. More on pg 30.

BY ALINE REYNOLDS For some Downtown residents, The National September 11 Memorial is no longer just a vision based on architectural renderings. On Wed., Aug. 31, N.Y.S. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver invited members of Community Boards 1 and 3 to a preview tour of the memorial plaza, which is on the cusp of completion for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. In an opening speech at the Port Authority’s Downtown office, Silver applauded the community boards for helping to mold the neighborhood’s post-9/11 revitalization. “With the 10th anniversary…less than two weeks away, I thought this was an appropriate time to bring together those in our community who have done so much to help Lower Manhattan recover and rebuild,” Silver told the board members. “You have helped us open new businesses [and] build new schools and new parks, from the East River to Battery Park City and everywhere in between.” Since a prior tour of the site in early August, Silver noticed the plaza’s new lawn and newly planted ivy around the 225 symmetrically positioned trees that have been Continued on page 18

Mayor talks post-9/11 progress at Wall St. breakfast BY CYNTHIA MAGNUS Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed an audience of approximately 800 on Tues., Sept. 6, at the Cipriani Wall Street hotel to discuss the growth and recovery of Lower Manhattan since the September 11 attacks. At the breakfast event hosted by the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) William C. Rudin, ABNY chairman and CEO of Manhattan real estate firm Rudin Management, introduced Bloomberg who

highlighted the progress Lower Manhattan has made in terms of lower crime and growth in population and commercial development. He cited the Financial District’s transformation from an area that was empty after the close of the business day into “a dynamic 24-7 community” aided by the creation of new housing, schools, parks and infrastructure to attract new businesses. The mayor identified several recent commercial success stories as part of his audio-

visual presentation on Tuesday morning. One was the business incubator “the Hive at 55,” started in 2009 to aid local entrepreneurs. Bloomberg also mentioned the zoning request by the Century 21 department store to expand by three more floors, and he praised the success of Stone Street, which he called “a Downtown restaurant row.” Bloomberg noted that the number of people living in Lower Manhattan has nearly doubled in ten years, and more people are living here

than at any time since 1920. The mayor cited Pier 25 as “a great example of Lower Manhattan’s rebirth, and the rebirth of our waterfront,” and mentioned a $260 million investment in park construction and expansion. Bloomberg said that for the area to become a magnet for families the city needed to create more first-rate schools. He cited Millennium High School, opened in 2002 by

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9/11 10th anniversary events listing

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Below is a listing of the many events taking place over the next week to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

HAND-IN-HAND: REMEMBERING 9/11 At the toll of a bell at 8:46 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, thousands of New Yorkers and people from all over the world will stand in solidarity along the Hudson River starting in Battery Park, joining hands to remember 9/11 and to reaffirm a sense of unity and hope for a better tomorrow. The human chain will form directly south of Castle Clinton and stretch north along the Esplanade and the Hudson River. Throughout the day, participants and others will also post messages on a Wall of Remembrance located at the intersection of Battery Place and Greenwich Street. There are two ways to volunteer in Lower Manhattan on Saturday, Sept. 10 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. First, volunteers are needed on the day of the event to help with everything from check-in to traffic control to route marshals. Second, Community Board 1 is asking volunteers to give back to the neighborhood through the community service projects being organized by numerous organizations. A list of service opportunities can be found on the event’s website. Most importantly, everyone who wishes to take part in the event must pre-register. Visit to register as an individual or a group.

sary of 9/11 will take place at the World Trade Center site in Zuccotti Park (on Broadway and Liberty St.) on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 8:40 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Starting at 8:46 a.m., four moments of silence will be observed to commemorate the times when each plane hit and each tower fell, as in previous years. The event is closed to the public, other than family members of those who perished. For more information, call the mayor’s office at 212-442-8953.

CHINATOWN C.A.R.E.S. The Pace University Community and Volunteer Mobilization (C.V.M.) AmeriCorps program will be hosting “Chinatown C.A.R.E.S.” on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Broome Street Pit at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11th. The program was founded at Pace Univ. in 2002 as a response to the Sept. 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. In the effort to revitalize and rebuild the Chinatown and Lower East Side communities, the program has provided critical services in adult English-asa-Second Language and computer education, as well as public health, safety and disaster preparedness. Today, the program’s services has evolved with the changing needs of the community, and have come to include services in youth education and nonprofit capacity building. For more information, contact Jen Lian at 212-3461877.

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A schedule of this week’s upcoming Community Board 1 committee meetings is below. Unless otherwise noted, all committee meetings are held at the board office, located at 49-51 Chambers St., room 709 at 6 p.m. ON WED., SEPT. 7: The Financial District Committee will meet. ON THURS., SEPT. 8: The Landmarks Committee will meet. ON MON., SEPT. 12: The World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee will meet. ON TUES., SEPT. 13: The Youth and Education Committee will meet.

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POLICE BLOTTER Panhandling to robbery A man walking to his car parked in front of 300 Albany St. in Battery Park City around 7:45 p.m. Tues., Aug. 30, had unwelcome company in a stranger who followed him and asked repeatedly for money. The stranger finally reached into the victim’s back pocket for his wallet and started slapping and punching the victim when he didn’t give it up, police said. Richie Wesc, 35, was arrested and identified as the suspect a short time later. He was charged with third degree robbery.

Party brawl A rowdy party at a bar at 41 Broad St. around 3:30 a.m. Sun., Sept. 4 ended in a brawl in which two men were injured. One victim told police he was blindsided by what he thought was a punch but discovered blood oozing from a cut on the left side of his neck. Assailants

caught up with another fleeing victim at Old Slip and hit him over the head with a bottle, police said. Both victims were hospitalized.

Had gun would travel Two suspects approached a man walking on Wooster Street near Canal Street around 4:10 a.m. Sat., Sept. 3. One of the suspects tried to grab the victim’s neck chain, police said. The victim held onto the chain and struggled with the suspect who pulled a silver handgun, ejected a spent shell casing, and fled with his accomplice without firing a shot, police said.

Just resting After an evening of shopping in Soho, a Brooklyn man, 26, sat on the steps in front of 99 Prince St. around 7:30 p.m. Wed., Aug 17, for a rest while listening to music

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on his headphones. A short time later, he discovered that his bag, which he had put down beside him with his wallet and iPhone, was gone. Other people were sitting on the steps at the same time, but no one saw anyone take the bag, police said.

Ready to go A man making a delivery to 113 Church St. around 6:45 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 1, parked his van across the street. As soon as he left, a green Jeep pulled up behind and a woman jumped out, witnesses told police. She got into the van and sped away followed by the jeep driven by a man with another man in the passenger seat. The victim acknowledged to police that he had left the van unlocked and the motor running.

Car break-in A resident of 78 Grand St., between Greene and Wooster Streets parked his car in front of his residence at 11 a.m. Mon. Aug. 29, and returned to it the following evening at 7 p.m. to find the rear window broken and the Global Positioning System along with a camera, two cell phone chargers and an iPod and iPod connector stolen.

No sunshine A man who parked his 1997 Subaru SUV on Vandam Street between Hudson and Greenwich Streets a 8 p.m. Tues., Aug. 30, returned an hour later to find the vehicle had been stolen. He admitted to police that he had a spare set of keys on top of the driver’s side sun visor.

Assault newspaper hawker A man handing out free AM newspapers in front of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal around 6 a.m. Fri., Sept. 2, turned around to find a stranger sitting on his stack of papers, police said. When the vendor asked the suspect to get off the stack, the stranger and an accomplice began beating the victim. One of the assailants threw a luggage cart at the victim, cutting his head, police said. Both suspects fled.

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Pols to petition NIOSH to add cancer as 9/11 illness BY ALINE REYNOLDS Fifty-eight-year-old Jim Martin, a battalion chief that worked at Ground Zero for six months after 9/11, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009. Frequent urination and other cancerrelated symptoms forced Martin to retire in June of this year. “I knew when I joined the Fire Department that I had a dangerous job, but [the post-9/11 recovery effort] went above and beyond what was required of us,” said Martin. “I just wish I had been able to retire under my own will power, rather than the [Fire] Department saying, ‘we don’t think you can do the job anymore.’” Martin and scores of other cancer-stricken first responders may be one step closer to federal compensation for early retirement, suffering and other economic and non-economic losses. A new peer-reviewed article published in The Lancet medical journal reveals an increase in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, melanoma, thyroid and prostate cancer cases among firefighters who were exposed to Ground Zero toxins, compared to firefighters who weren’t exposed. The study also concludes that there is a heightContinued on page 9

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Dr. John Howard (right) attended a hearing in Lower Manhattan last March to listen to the public’s thoughts on the list of illnesses covered under the Zadroga 9/11 Healthcare Act.

Expressing the inexpressible: Writing after 9/11 BY STEPHEN WOLF Great art is the reluctant, bitter fruit reaped from great tragedy. Within hours after the first plane slammed into the North Tower, writers tried expressing our astonishment and then our horror. Together we watched the Towers fall, and unlike anything else, ever, the world watched too. In his song “Weapons of Mass Deception” Warren Dastrup, asleep in Hawaii — gets a 4 a.m. call from his Minnesota cousin: “Turn on CNN.” After months of stunned incomprehension, despite if we were lucky enough to have not lost a loved one among the 2,728 lost there that day, we struggled even to believe that the Towers actually had collapsed; how many of us said how many times that we just can’t believe the Towers aren’t there anymore; how many of us still say it. New Yorkers have a long history with buildings lost to time or fire or progress; with the island so narrow and no room to expand except upwards, Manhattan has often too quickly and regrettably leveled the old for the new. And though New Yorkers bemoan how the old Pennsylvania Station slipped through our clutched fingers, the loss of Tower One and Tower Two of the World Trade Center was very different than any buildings ever lost before because our images and recollections of those towers are not so much for the buildings but the people in them who died that day: those in offices who watched two jetliners smash into their faces; those on the upper floors who survived the hits but not the flames; those many, too

many, below the line of impact but unable to escape; and those resisting every human instinct of survival, who entered the burning towers not to save those they love but because it was their job. Poems and songs appeared first: smaller, crystallized moments, created quicker than novels’ several hundred pages or the elaborate tech films require. Almost immediately after that brilliantly sky-blue Tuesday morning —“severe clear” in airline pilot talk— William Heyen (who initially believed what he watched that morning on TV was a hoax from Orson Welles) sent out a request for writing “on the origins and implications of the grief and anger and dread now engulfing us.” Soon the anthology “September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond” appeared with over one hundred articles, essays, or poems by some of our nation’s most renowned writers. That same year editor Ulrich Baer’s “110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11” was also published, consisting of 110 short stories, poems, and essays featuring, like Heyen’s collection, work by well-known writers as well as many yet to receive their deserved recognition. Content of these anthologies vary both in quality and theme; most of the famous writers contributed personal recollections (“Where I was when…”) or else philosophical/cultural abstractions. But each collection has many deeply-felt expressions of both personal and communal loss, and often by those writers yet to receive much attention. Also in 2002 “Poetry After 9/11: An

Anthology of New York Poets” appeared, edited by Dennis Loy Johnson and Valerie Merians. Similarly to the two other anthologies, often those poets unfamiliar to most

‘New Yorkers have a long history with buildings lost to time or fire or progress…Manhattan has often too quickly and regrettably leveled the old for the new.’ readers, even poetry readers, have created the most haunting poems. In “The Old Neighborhood” Andrea Carter Brown’s eye settled on those many people with small street-corner businesses near the Trade Center who survived that day with their lives but not their livelihood. “Where is the man who sold the best jelly donuts and coffee” and the “two brothers who arrived in time for lunch hour with hot and cold heroes where Liberty dead ends at the Hudson?” she wrote. “Where were the farmers from Cape May, the couple selling Golden Books, the Mr. Softee who parked near Trinity Church?

I know none of their names, but I can see their faces clear, as I still see everything from that day as I ride away from the place we once shared. Where are they now?” In 2002 we heard Springsteen’s remorseful, redemptive “The Rising,” and like many of his songs it tells stories about ordinary people, only these people’s loved ones never returned home. “I need you near,” he writes from the heart of a fireman’s wife, “but love and duty called you someplace higher / Somewhere up the stairs into the fire.” And only a year after filmmaker Jules Naudet entered the burning North Tower with his camera rolling, the extraordinary documentary “9/11” by Jules and his brother Gedeon and James Hanlon appeared, four years before Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center,” with its stunning special effects and true story of survival. To commemorate the first year of 9/11, our nation’s most popular and acclaimed living poet wrote a haunting piece with the unsettling title “The Names” which he first recited at a special session of the United States Congress. In the poem, Billy Collins “walked out barefoot / Among thousands of flowers / Heavy with dew like the eyes of tears, / And each had a name / Fiori inscribed on a yellow petal / Then Gonzalez and Han, Ishikawa and Jenkins. / Names written in the air / And stitched into the cloth of the day. / A name under a photograph taped to a mailbox. / Monogram on a torn shirt, / I see you spelled out on storefront windows / And

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B.P.C. District Leader races part of primary BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER On Tuesday, Sept. 13, primary election day in New York State, registered Democrats in Battery Park City will be choosing the people whose names will go on the November election ballot as district leader. In the 64th Assembly District, Part C, Linda Belfer and Jeff Galloway, endorsed by the Lower Manhattan Democrats, are running against Paul Newell and Jenifer Rajkumar, endorsed by the Downtown Independent Democrats. The district

takes in the southern part of Battery Park City as well as parts of the East Village, the Lower East Side, the South Street Seaport and the Financial District. In the 66th Assembly District, Part B, which includes the northern part of Battery Park City, David Reck, the L.M.D. candidate, is running against John Scott, the D.I.D. candidate. Jean Grillo, of the D.I.D. is running unopposed in that district. Each district elects one male and one female district leader. They serve twoyear terms and are unpaid but play an

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important role in grassroots politics. “We are able to influence how our communities develop based on our input,” said Linda Belfer, who has served as District Leader for many years. “We can influence our elected officials based on the fact that we work on their behalf and we can pass along to them the knowledge that we have acquired as to what our communities need.” Belfer, a lawyer by training, was one of Gateway Plaza’s first tenants and is currently president of the Gateway Plaza Tenants’ Association and chair of Community Board 1’s Battery Park City Committee. She has been endorsed by U.S. Congressman Jerrold Nadler, N.Y. State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver,

N.Y. State Senator Daniel Squadron, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and City Council Member Margaret Chin. Jenifer Rajkumar, her opponent, also lives in Gateway Plaza and is also a lawyer. Her résumé includes advocacy for domestic violence victims at Sanctuary for Families, for the rights of low-income immigrant workers via the American Civil Liberties Union, and for women’s reproductive freedoms at the Center for Reproductive Rights. She practiced civil rights law at Sanford Wittels & Heisler. “Here I was lead counsel on cases against corporate fraud and helped litigate some of the largest class action lawsuits on gender and race discrimination,” she said. She has been endorsed by City Council Member Rosie Menendez. Jeff Galloway, another Gateway Plaza resident and a lawyer, is running for district leader for the first time. He and his family have lived in Battery Park City since 1982. He is chair of Community Board 1’s Planning and Community Infrastructure Committee and co-chair of C.B. 1’s Battery Park City Committee. He is co-founder of the Battery Park City Dog Association. Galloway seeks to be district leader as “an additional avenue to the elected offi-

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS In the days and months after 9/11, West Village resident Helen Gruber, who volunteered at Ground Zero for six months, developed a chronic cough. In the years that followed, she caught seasonal flu and pneumonia more often than usual — to the bewilderment of her doctors. “They couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me,” said Gruber. “Nobody saw anything wrong with my lungs.” In the mid-2000s, Gruber sought treatment at the W.T.C. medical monitoring and treatment program based at Mount Sinai Medical Center. A physician there diagnosed her with rhinitis and prescribed her medication she takes to this day. While Gruber’s health problem is likely attributed to her time at Ground Zero, she claims to have been exposed to toxins simply from living in Lower Manhattan. “The stench came up to here,” Gruber said from her West Village apartment. “We smelled it every single day.” Gruber and many others that live or work above Canal Street were dismayed to read the finalized regulations of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act’s Victim Compensation Fund — which extended the

northernmost boundary to Canal Street, but not to Houston Street or farther north as they had wished.

“I think we realized there were numbers of people treated at Bellevue [Hospital] between Reade and Canal Street.” — Sheila Birnbaum

The V.C.F. parameters now include south of Canal Street, from the Hudson River extending to the intersection of Canal Street and East Broadway. The boundary then cuts north on East Broadway to Clinton Street, and runs east on Clinton Street to the East River — encompassing all of Tribeca, but only part of

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to call those 16 acres what they are: The World Trade Center and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.” — Mayor Blomberg call those 16 acres what they are: The World Trade Center and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.” He credited real estate developer Larry Silverstein for his efforts to rebuild the site, and the Port Authority’s executive director Christopher Ward for managing the rebuilding and sticking to deadlines. Bloomberg called the World Trade Center “the most complex construction site in the world.” He also praised the NYPD for its counterterrorism operations. Bloomberg said, “I fully expect that Lower Manhattan will continue to grow as a neighborhood, as a business district, as a creative community and as a destination for visitors.”

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Groups prepare repeat rallies from last anniversary BY ALINE REYNOLDS As was the case last year, the anniversary of 9/11 will not only reawaken grief among victims’ loved ones; it will also stir up the Park51 controversy once again. Stop Islamization of America and the American Freedom Defense Initiative are organizing a second annual “9/11 freedom rally” Sunday at 3 p.m. on Park Place and West Broadway. To counter the groups’ campaign, the International Action Center has organized a Unity and Solidarity rally at 1 p.m. on Broadway and Park Place. The counter-demonstration will then march around City Hall, proceed to Church Street, and end back in front of City Hall. I.A.C., an international coalition that combats war and racism, is protesting what the group deems to be the recent criminalization of Muslim-Americans. The “anti-Muslim” movement is a particularly dangerous threat, I.A.C. claims, since white supremacist murderer Anders Behring Breivik, responsible for the July 22 terror attacks in Norway, quotes S.I.O.A.’s and A.F.D.I.’s executive and associate directors, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, and in his 1500-page manifesto.

Groups partaking in the I.A.C. march are also protesting the Police Department’s deployment of undercover officers into Muslim neighborhoods as part of a human mapping program, as reported by the

“When the [Muslim] community comes under this level of attack, it’s important for those who aren’t Muslim to stand up.” - Sara Flounders

Associated Press in late August; and the cop’s treatment of Muslims during an incident at Rye Playland, an amusement park north of New York City, late last month. “Our message is, this campaign of

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New study leads pols to pressure NIOSH on cancer Continued from page 5 ened risk of these types of cancers among 9/11 firefighters who worked at Ground Zero, compared to the general American male population. The new study follows the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) decision in July not to add cancer to the list of illnesses covered by the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, alleging there is scant evidence to attribute the disease to Ground Zero exposure. The only other 9/11 cancer article published thus far is a 2009 case study conducted by Jacqueline Moline, former director of the W.T.C. Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program, which cites only a possible tie between 9/11-related cancers and Ground Zero toxins. U.S. Congressmen Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Peter King issued a joint written statement underscoring the importance of the latest findings. The lawmakers are filing a petition this week, urging the 9/11 bill’s health program administrator, Dr. John Howard, to consider adding cancer to the list of treated illnesses in the next two months — prior to NIOSH’s next scheduled cancer review in early-to-mid 2012. “Evidence of an increased risk of cancers among firefighters who served at Ground

Zero underscores the severity of toxic exposures caused by 9/11, the full effects of which are still emerging 10 years after the attacks,”

“We shouldn’t be waiting for perfect [scientific] conclusions to make decisions, ‘cause it could be life or death decisions for some folks.” — Jacqueline Moline

the officials said. “We will be looking closely at the findings published in the Lancet, and we hope that Howard will consider as soon as possible adding coverage for the cancers discussed in the Lancet study, which the Zadroga Act empowers him to do.” Prior to the announcement of the petition on Sept. 6, NIOSH spokesperson Fred Blosser said the Institute would incorporate the latest study along with other new peer-

reviewed literature in its 2012 cancer review. Responding to the announcement, Blosser said, “If a petition is filed, we will give it appropriate consideration.” Though Moline is fairly certain there is a medical link, she is surprised by these early scientific results. “Typically, it takes longer for cancer to develop. From a scientific standpoint, it’s unusual that we’re seeing cancers show up so soon,” said Moline, who now runs the Queens W.T.C. Clinical Center of Excellence. “If we had [more recent] numbers today, we’d continue to see there are increased rates of

cancers among the firefighters.” The disease’s latency is precisely the problem, Moline explained, in gathering sufficient scientific evidence to convince the federal government to add cancer to the 9/11 health bill. These two studies, she said, must be taken seriously. “We shouldn’t be waiting for perfect [scientific] conclusions to make decisions, ‘cause it could be life or death decisions for some folks,” said Moline. “If every future study shows different types of cancers are increased, you’ll have to [infer that] this is a consistent pattern.”

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Torres and Smith Houses honored for evacuation efforts BY ALINE REYNOLDS As Hurricane Irene approached the Tri-State area last weekend, Tenant Association members at Smith Houses diligently knocked on neighbors’ doors and advised them to leave. As a result, T.A. President Aixa Torres and an approximately 50-member volunteer group managed to evacuate almost 90 percent of the public housing development’s 1,920 residents — cause for a special honorary ceremony held by local elected officials on Wed., Aug. 31. The politicians granted the volunteers individual certificates for their good deeds and sang their praises. “The fact that this wasn’t a tragedy at Smith Houses isn’t only because the weather had turned and it got lucky. This wasn’t a tragedy at Smith Houses because you did the work to ensure it wasn’t a tragedy,” said N.Y.S. Sen. Daniel Squadron. “Congratulations for a job done extraordinarily well.” “While we’re all grateful that Hurricane Irene didn’t come with the severity that was predicted…what we did see was the spirit of compassion, the spirit of the community, and the spirit of generosity that we’ve come to expect from our fellow neighbors in Lower Manhattan,” said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Squadron and Silver gave Torres and her team a State proclamation honoring their achievement of having the highest Irene-related evacuation rate of all New York City Housing Authority developments.

In alerting tenants to the evacuation order on Friday, recruiting volunteers and translators and coordinating the residents’ transportation to nearby shelters, Torres’ volunteer group set a precedent for citywide public housing developments in future emergencies, according to N.Y.C.H.A. Chairman John Rhea. “We’ve blazed a trail for what it is to reach out and to make sure our fellow neighbors are safe,” he told the volunteers. “We told the [evacuees], there might be danger, you have to take care of yourself and your family. Getting that information out was so critical early on,” said City Council Member Margaret Chin, who presented a proclamation to the volunteers. Torres eagerly accepted the award and said she sensed the urgency of N.Y.C.H.A. Representative Robert Knapp’s call Thursday evening before the storm, telling her to convene an emergency meeting the following day. “For the first time, the responsibility of life and death really hit me,” said Torres after the ceremony. On Saturday afternoon, the T.A. president assigned volunteers to several evacuation rounds in each of the development’s 12 buildings. As for the recognition, Torres said, “I’m feeling overwhelmed, and I’m definitely feeling really humbled.” Mariainez Quinones, chair of the T.A.’s grievance committee, helped assemble residents for the emergency meeting before evacuating her elderly mother and seeking shelter with relatives

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On Wed., Aug. 31, Smith Houses Tenant Association President Aixa Torres (in white) and her volunteer team received an award for their evacuation efforts during Hurricane Irene. N.Y.S. Sen. Daniel Squadron, N.Y.S. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, N.Y.C.H.A. Chairman John Rhea (back row, right) and City Council Member Margaret Chin presented the award.

in Nassau County, Long Island. “Everybody was very worried… we’re not used to things like this in this community,” said Quinones. Raising awareness among her Smith Houses neighbors, she added, is something that comes “naturally.” “I’m surprised they’d give me recognition for something I’d automatically have done,” said Quinones. “Everybody was calm and cool, and coop-

erated real well,” said Robert Walker, who came all the way from Englewood, N.J. to help evacuate Smith Houses residents on Saturday and clean up the development’s grounds on Sunday. Being recognized for his efforts, Walker said, “This feels really good.” “I’d do it anytime,” the smiling volunteer said. “I care about my Smith people.”

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Writing in a post-911 literary world Continued from page 5 on the bright unfurled awnings of this city…. So many names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart.” Also in 2002, David Halberstam’s “Firehouse,” an elegant testament that follows Engine 40, Ladder 25, right down the block from his apartment on the West Side. Of the company’s thirteen men, only one survived the day. As Frank McCourt said of this book, “If you have tears, prepare to shed them.” One young firefighter had a dentist appointment that morning and his good friend covered for him for his last half-hour. That’s when the first plane hit; the friend who came in early never made it home. Novelists took longer to recreate even a portion of that day, to forge from those astounding events a palatable, tangible story. But as early as 2004 novelist Irene Marcuse writes in “Under the Manhattan Bridge” what so many of us New Yorkers had felt for years, that “there were many lost spirits floating around us…after the planes hit, when people on fire fell from above” and “souls set wrenchingly free… drift[ed] across the river in a constant plume of smoke and ash.” New York’s favorite writer Pete Hamill finished one of my favorite novels, “Forever,” on September 10, 2001, “But then everything changed,” he said, and “I need[ed] to write

more.” Three years later he published his panoramic story of Cormac O’Connor, who has both the gift and curse of immortality provided he never leaves Manhattan. For two hundred and sixty years we’re with him on this island, and after the Towers fall, “rising above them all, in the dense dry powdery heart of the Cloud, he can hear the meshed voices…calling from the unburied past, from the injured earth….A chorus. Symphonic and soaring, the voices of the New York Gotterdammurung.” In 2005 appeared a most extraordinary work of non-fiction about that day, a brilliant, vast overview written by Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn entitled “102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers.” It reads like a thriller despite that we know how it ends: from the first plane hitting the North Tower until its fall took only 102 minutes. A Times bestseller and National Book Award Finalist, this is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read. 2005 was also when Jonathan Safran Foer’s imaginative, heart-wrenching novel “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” was released. In it we follow a nine-year-old boy through the city in search of a connection to his father who died in the Towers. The novel ends with the boy imagining that terrible day in reverse, and the last fourteen pages are photographs of someone falling from the Tower only they too are arranged in reverse, so the person appears not to be falling but ascending back into the

Tower. “After the Fall” is the title poem from the 2007 collection of the same name by Greenwich Village poet Ed Fields. At over 200 lines, it does the very thing it longs not to do: “I don’t want to think of / those inside the planes,” he writes, “I don’t want to think of those trapped on the high floors…. I don’t want any of this to happen/ but it plays over and over again.” Don DeLillo’s novel “Falling Man,” published in 2007, explores the consequences on one man’s life after he walks out of the smoke and ash; ”the clearest vision yet,” wrote Malcolm Jones in Newsweek, ”of what it felt like to live through that day.” The novel begins, “It was not a street anymore but a world, a time and space of falling ash and near night…. The roar was still in the air, the buckling rumble of the fall.” A character in David Levithan’s “Love is the Higher Law” (2009) is relieved and deeply grateful that the two lines of poetry emblazoned along the esplanade of the World Financial Center–one line by Whitman, the other Frank O’Hara — survived the destruction. As more time passes, as historical perspectives adjust and refocus, more thorough collections have appeared as well as a study of that writing; last May University of Essex professor Richard Gray, considered Europe’s leading scholar on American literature, pub-

lished “After the Fall: American Literature Since 9/11,” the first detailed analysis of what has been written about that day and the cultural and international effect it has had on the United States. What was undeniably clear was that, for many writers –in the scope of such colossal events — language had failed them despite the enormous amount of fine writing that has emerged in the past decade. Although we miss the towers, in truth most of us at first didn’t like them: “When they went up,” poet David Lehman admits, “I talked them down.” Lacking the stunning opulence of the Chrysler Building or the elegant symmetry of the Empire State Building, merely a glass and aluminum rectangle, they represented for some of us the worst in modern architecture. Worse yet, there were two of them. But in time we accepted them, first with Philippe Petit’s magical 45 minute walk that August morning in 1974, then later we loved them: how, day or night, the city, the river, and the sky were reflected in their sparkling exteriors, how tall and stately they were, and, as with the Empire State Building uptown, how the Twin Towers became for us a way to get our bearings and, from Newark Airport, a beckoning landmark. Most us are unable to express the effect that day had — and continues to have — on our unassuming, seemingly protected lives, but a few gifted writers could, and they fulfilled the writer’s primary task of giving utterance to the deepest emotions of the heart.

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EDITORIAL What my kids said to me is what I’ll remember most


At the end of the day, what happened on Sept. 11, 2001 is a personal experience for everyone. Sure, our newspapers covered the events relating to the tragedy and rebuilding for the last decade, over 1700 stories. Sure, we were intimately involved with all of the rebuilding “timelines” and covered the churning politics, the accomplishments and the many delays. But at the end of the day, when I think about 9/11, I think most about what my kids said to me. On September 12, 2001, my daughter Cici (five-years old at the time and attending her first week of kindergarten at P.S. 234) asked me if Borders at the World Trade Center site had survived the big fire. She loved Borders and had attended dozens of morning “story times” there. I told her that I didn’t think it did, and that’s when she finally broke. “It did survive,” she cried, “I know it did. I saw it through the flames!” In fact I didn’t know at the time if it had survived or not, but I was intent to find out. The next evening I worked the W.T.C. midnight to four a.m. shift with a group of ambulance workers at a feeding station. On my way home, I had to see if Cici’s vision of Borders was right, and I schlepped all the way over there through the ankle-deep ash and smoke with eyes burning and lungs aching. When I rounded the corner at Church and Vesey, my spirits soared: there it was, Border’s, still standing! But as I looked closer, it was completely charred and gutted, and clearly had to be razed. My son Noah, who was four at the time and headed for his first day at pre-school, was with us at Duane Park and saw the first plane fly overhead bound for the North Tower. He asked me a week later if a lot of people had died in the “great fire.” I told him that I thought that

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a lot had, and that’s when he dropped a line that still rips into me. “I know there was a lot of death Daddy because I can hear people screaming beneath the flames.” Of course the little soul had absorbed the despair and death all around us. Our Tribeca neighborhood was plastered with heart-wrenching posters of missing family members and crawling with police and emergency service personnel. The

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smoke and stench of the pile hung over our neighborhood like a dark shroud. Every morning we would get up, walk over to Greenwich and Jay Sts., look at the pile, and ask each other if the fire was out yet. And every day, when we would see the smoke, we’d say, “Not yet!” And we said those same words, every day from September through the end of December 2001, when we looked hard, and even harder, and finally saw no smoke. The fires went out on Christmas day, or at least that’s the day they went out for us. And that’s the day we brought home Rosie, a baby black pug. We had never explicitly told the kids about what really happened on 9/11. They knew about the planes, but not the intent. It’s hard to explain that level of evil to a four and fiveyear-old. It was just known to them as the big fire that the heroic fire fighters finally put out. When Cici reached the age of seven, in 2003, she let me in on a real Downtown coming-of-age gem. She asked, “Daddy, do you remember those people who flew the planes into the World Trade Center?” “Yes,” I replied. “What about them?” She looked me in the eyes, voice raised and pulsating, and said, “THEY DID IT ON PURPOSE!” I didn’t know whether to burst out crying or laughing. On Saturday, September 10, 2011, Kathleen, Cici, Noah and I will attend the “Hand in Hand” event sponsored by Community Board 1. We all have a post-9/11 decade under our belts, but it’s still deeply personal. And we’ll hold our hands tight, and our neighbors’ too, as we still try to come to terms with the most significant event of our lifetimes.


BY ALINE REYNOLDS The anniversary of 9/11 has taken on a whole new meaning for me since I joined the Downtown Express a little over a year ago. Like many Americans, I have a flashbulb memory of exactly where I was on Sept. 11, 2001. I was in the 10th grade at Wheatley High School, sitting in Spanish class, when our teacher got word that something had happened at the World Trade Center. I of course knew about the Twin Towers, having grown up only 40 minutes away from the city in Nassau County. I remember seeing them rise above the horizon as my family and I would drive into the city via the Long Island Expressway to go to a Broadway show or to have dinner at Top of the Sixes. But, other than being a native New Yorker, I never had a profound connection to 9/11 as a teenager. I didn’t personally know anyone that died that day, nor do I have a vivid recollection of my childhood visit to the Windows on the

World restaurant. Never did it cross my mind that, less than 10 years later, I would be a journalist covering the redevelopment of Ground Zero — the heart of the Downtown Express’s coverage area. Only in June 2010, when I began working at the Express, did I begin to grasp the devastating impact the attacks had on Downtown residents, workers and students. Fifteen short months later, I now feel vitally attached to 9/11 and its difficult yet heartening aftermath. As a community reporter, it has been a true privilege to chronicle Downtown’s post-9/11 rebirth. I have witnessed several milestones since joining the Express last year: the re-allocation of funds for Downtown, the historic passage of the Zadroga Act, the construction of the 9/11 Memorial plaza, the rapid growth of W.T.C. One, the completion of the Gehry Tower, the death of Osama Bin Laden, and the continuing surge in the area’s population boom — just to name a few. I have gone on eye-opening tours of Seven

World Trade Center, Ground Zero, and a nursery in New Jersey, where the trees that will dot the 9/11 Memorial grew and were groomed prior to their delivery to the site. I have had the honor of interviewing eminent individuals involved in these developments — Larry Silverstein, Daniel Libeskind, Sheldon Silver, John Feal, Carolyn Maloney, and many others. I feel especially fortunate to be covering what are essentially national stories, but on the most local level. Most of all, I admire the perseverance and resilience of the Downtown community. These achievements couldn’t have taken place without the hard work and determination of my most loyal sources — the Downtown residents themselves, who have managed to cope with deaths of loved ones, illness, traffic congestion, construction noise and other post-9/11 challenges. Their unwavering commitment to rebuilding their beloved neighborhood has been inspirational.

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TALKING POINT Ten years later and still inspired, still proud BY SHELDON SILVER I have lived in Lower Manhattan my whole life, and it is difficult to put into words my memories of what happened on that terrible day, September 11, 2001. I stood outside my building, looking up as United Airlines Flight 175 flew into the South Tower. That image is seared into my mind, as is the sensation of feeling the ground shake and smelling the acrid smoke that hung in the air for weeks. We learned a lot that day and in the weeks and months afterward. One of the most important things I saw, which gave me great pride, was the resolve and the compassion on display among my neighbors. People of all races and backgrounds worked together to care for those who lost loved ones, to donate their time and anything else they had to give, to express their gratitude

to rescue workers who acted so heroically in the face of tragedy.

‘I continue to be filled with admiration for the way our community banded together and faced disaster with courage and generosity.’ I was unable to get to my office because it is so close to the World Trade

Center, so I secured a Winnebago and created a temporary mobile district office, riding around Lower Manhattan distributing breathing masks, bottled water, food, medicine and other essentials. We helped residents communicate with friends and family and helped many of them get home. One of my neighbors, a Hatzalah volunteer, raced to Ground Zero in an ambulance that had been dedicated to the memory of my parents. He was pulled from his vehicle moments before it was crushed by falling debris. I continue to be filled with admiration for the way our community banded together and faced disaster with courage and generosity. For those who spent months toiling on the pile to clear the site faster than anyone could have imagined, I remain forever grateful.

I will never forget the sight of the Statue of Liberty standing in the harbor, raising her torch as the smoke swirled around her. This image and the way I witnessed our Lower Manhattan community working together renewed my faith in this great country. I will always hold those memories close to me and they will always serve as a reminder that our greatest strength is the diversity and character of our people. Today, I continue to be inspired by the way our community has recovered and rebuilt and I continue to be proud that my Lower Manhattan has become one of our city’s greatest places to live, work and raise a family. Sheldon Silver is the N.Y.S. Assembly Speaker and a resident of Lower Manhattan.

On the Spot: Ro Sheffe BY TERESE LOEB KREUZER Edward Devereux Sheffe, III, known as “Ro,” was a sophomore in college when he was drafted because of the Vietnam War. He did not believe it was ethically justified for the United States to be in that war, but felt it was his duty to serve. As a non-commissioned officer in the Navy, he was trained as a meteorologist and then stationed in Spain. Subsequently, he worked for the U.S. Information Agency, living in Morocco for two and a half years before returning to the United States to finish college with a double major in journalism and English. He has been the editor-in-chief of several magazines and for the last 20 years, has been the owner of a firm specializing in business and marketing communications. Since 1993, he has lived in a landmark building in the Financial District that is two blocks from the World Trade Center. He is chairman of Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee. Do you speak Arabic? A little. I’ve forgotten most of it. I made the mistake of trying to learn French and Arabic at the same time. Plus I have the world’s worst French pronunciation, so I concentrated on Arabic. My pronunciation in Arabic wasn’t that bad. People would look at me and say, ‘You’re from Palestine! I know that accent!’” What do you remember about 9/11? I was in the shower when the phone rang. A friend of mine who lives in Brooklyn said a plane had just hit the World Trade Center. I got dressed. Then I heard a loud noise. I didn’t see the second plane hit. I saw a fireball — not lights like you see on the Fourth of July. It was all paper. I realized that was paper from the desks of people who had just died. I grabbed my 70-pound bulldog, Mister Hudson, and went down

in the elevator. There were a couple of residents in the lobby. About that time, the earthquake happened from the Trade Center collapsing. We had glass doors in the lobby. People were staring because they could see people jumping. I could probably see 40 or 50 people. Suddenly they all screamed and ran. About a second after that, the sky went black. It was total blackness, like charcoal punctuated by things flying through the air. We were just stunned. The whole building shook. We stood there in shocked silence. Were we buried in rubble? I pushed the door open and stuck my arm out. I couldn’t see my hand. We had no idea what was going on. We had no cellphone service. No one had a radio. We didn’t know whether to flee or stay. As we were debating, the door banged open and a firefighter rushed in and said, “Water! Water!” We got him water and asked him, “What should we do?” The man couldn’t answer us. He burst into tears. He was shaking and sobbing. The dark cloud had softened to charcoal grey. Then the other tower collapsed. We stuck it out as long as we could. Then we bolted and ran. There were around 20 of us. We ran over the Brooklyn Bridge. When did you return? I came back two or three days later and was told at gunpoint to go away. After three or four weeks, they had not gotten around to inspecting my building, so I moved back in. Did your health suffer? Every year, I get horrible bronchitis. It lasts for around six weeks. In October 2009, I got pneumonia. The doctor said it was the worst case he’d ever seen in his life. They’re still in the dark about what was in that cloud. I’ve read that some things in that cloud never existed before.

community center — with a swimming pool, a library, a gym, an art gallery. Our community needs those things. What I’m proudest of is being one of the people who stood up against bigotry and hatred. Somebody has to do it.

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What led to your Community Board 1 service? It wasn’t so much the attack as the aftermath. What I saw happening after the attack was worse than the attack in terms of its impact on the neighborhood — all these politicians and developers enthusiastically taking advantage [of the situation] for their own benefit. That drove me nuts. [City Council Member] Alan Gerson appointed me to the Community Board late in 2002 and I was approved by the Borough President’s office in April 2003. What are you proudest of in your Community Board service? Park51. I and the committee and Community Board 1 took no position at all as to the religious component of Park51. What we expressed an opinion on was a

When you stood in front of the Community Board 1 full board meeting in May 2010 to explain the Financial District Committee’s position on Park51 — then called Cordoba House — you were confronted with a room packed with hostile people. Did your experiences during the Vietnam War prepare you for what happened that night? Nothing in my life prepared me for that. The most frightening thing on the planet are ignorant, impassioned people. They’re completely unpredictable. You have no idea what’s going to happen or how they will respond to anything. While I was standing up there doing my thing, [community board member] Bill Love was somewhere in the audience and overheard people talking about when they would storm the stage and take over the microphone. He thought that probably would have happened if the cops had not been present. It was a totally unpredictable situation. It was in equal parts disgusting and frightening. I had absolutely no idea the depth of the hatred of some of these people. Are you still receiving death threats? I’m no longer receiving death threats. That started after the Financial District Committee vote on May 5, 2010 and went on for four or five months and then slowly trickled down. Of the hundreds I received, most did not identify where they were writing from, but of those who identified themselves, not one came from New York City or New York State. People from all over the country and all over the world wrote to tell us how we should run our community.

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Another skyscraper: 9/11 youth determined to stand taller NOTEBOOK BY HELAINA N. HOVITZ On the morning of September 11th, 2001, the last thing I told my mother before I left the house was “I hate you.” She hadn’t reminded me to take an umbrella the day before, and it poured. My last real childhood memory was running across a flooded Battery Park City ball field next to the World Financial Center to catch the MTA bus. Ten years ago, at I.S.89 on Warren Street, a generation of children had started their third day of school when they heard a deafening boom at 8:46 a.m. After evacuating to the cafeteria, I waited with my peers amidst the chaos, wondering how I would get home to my elderly grandparents. I began to panic as parents began rushing in, grabbing their children and screaming, “A second plane has hit!” I had left, along with my neighbor and her son, just minutes before the first tower fell. We stood underneath the flames, then tried to push our way through thousands of others, packed shoulder-to-shoulder, sobbing and screaming, looking up and watching people jump out of the buildings. Soon we heard the sickening thud of bodies hitting cars, and minutes later we were running to escape the debris from the collapse of the first tower and were nearly engulfed in the cloud. I was 12 years old on that day. I was lucky enough to see my mother again, to

wash away that “I hate you” with many “I love yous,” but I never ever again saw the innocent New York City I had known just 24 hours earlier. For days, Southbridge Towers did not have phones or power, and we barely had food or water. Members of the National Guard were posted at every corner, armed. There were warnings every hour about more buildings coming down, and we avoided going outside at all costs as the air was full of toxic particulates. When power was finally restored, all we saw 24 hours a day on television were images of the planes flying into the towers from different angles. Suddenly, the entire world was watching our neighborhood. The weeks, months and years after were full of holidays carrying a disclaimer known as “Orange Alert” and the threat of more attacks that would “rival or exceed” 9/11. Ten years later, we still have not gotten our neighborhood back, and it has morphed into an extended Ground Zero. Police and military barricaded streets, some of which are still closed today, and droves of new construction projects began, many of which are still under way. From that day on, all eyes were on Lower Manhattan, and our backyard became one of the most watched places in the world. But nobody was watching the neighborhood like we were. The children who were plunged into the middle of a war zone that day have carried the trauma ever since. We grew up physically ducking planes overhead and watching them

until they disappeared in the distance. We compulsively scanned our surroundings for signs of danger, and panicked whenever we heard a loud noise coming from the construction in our neighborhood. A siren, a scream, a truck going over a speed bump sent us into a state of panic. We clung to our families, afraid we might never see them again once they left the house. Feeling as though

“Living in New York, especially Downtown, the city felt like it belonged to us, to the people. Cut to post-9/11, and the city belongs to the tourists.” — Christine Byrd-Tucker

we cheated death, we waited for something else to happen exactly the way we so vividly imagined it. Soon, potential designs for the Freedom Tower started poring in and we all thought one thing: what’s going to happen if they build new towers that reached just as high into the sky? But it is even worse than we imagined: upon completion, One World Trade Center

will be the tallest building in the United States, standing at a symbolic height of 1,776 feet. Adults and children alike who watched the towers fall and ran from their collapse cannot look up at the developing Freedom Tower without seeing the attacks all over again and imagining harrowing new possibilities. After living with 10 years of severe anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks and health problems, former I.S.89 student Jaclyn Kopel, 23, still lives in the Financial District today. She is convinced that the new site is just asking for trouble. “When I see how tall the Freedom Tower is becoming, I see a repeat of 9/11,” she said. “The taller it is, the more of a target it becomes.” Gateway Plaza resident Fuchsia Corbin, also a former I.S. 89 student, feels the same, and worries that the terrorists will find alternative ways to attack the Tower. “The terrorists will wait years to accomplish what they want,” she said. “They waited eight years after the 1993 bombing and successfully brought them down.” Christine Byrd-Tucker passes the site every day on her way to work at the World Financial Center. She grows more anxious with each day that construction comes closer to completion. Then 11, she was one of the first children to be picked up from I.S.89, and sat with her mother and brother in front of their St. James Place apartment building, watching as both towers fell. From that day

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An imperfect 10: How 9/11 showed us a new reality TALKING POINT BY MICAH HALPERN Seldom in history can we look at a single moment and say with complete and unwavering conviction that because of the events that transpired during those specific moments on that particular day, history was transformed. Seldom can we pinpoint the specific event that transformed our future. The world is a different place today because of the acts of willful and mass destruction that shattered the early morning of an otherwise insignificant Tuesday 10 years ago. As much as the world was affected and is now changed, the powerful United States of America, her financial and cultural center, New York City, and her seat of military power, the Pentagon, were even more profoundly affected and have, as a result, been dramatically transformed. The unthinkable occurred. The unimaginable became real. Fantasy turned into cruel reality. The horror we, citizens of a free and democratic world, are still reeling from as a result of the atrocity called 9/11 is not just about the sheer numbing number of dead and injured. There have been larger atrocities. It is not just about the fact that the United States was the target. That, too, had happened nearly a decade earlier when the same World Trade Center towers were targeted by the same al Qaeda terrorist organization in an unsuccessful successful attempt to bring down the building that housed the business center of the world. For the United States and for the West this was a jarring

wake-up call. Americans could not understand why they were chosen to be the targets, why they, the great defenders, had become the victims of attack. It has taken a long time to internalize the message. The United States, the symbolic Big Brother of the Western World, was targeted for what the West represents — not for any specific actions it took or did not take. The Western world represents ideas that are so deeply antithetical to the mindset and teachings of the Islamic terrorist that the terrorist has only one way in which to respond — by attempting to destroy the West. And the United States represents the West in all of its incarnations. In the eyes of the terrorist the United States is the most acclaimed representative of the world of the heretic, the Western world. Before 9/11 Americans were blithely and innocently unaware about how they were perceived and what they represented to the non-Western world. Proud and chauvinistic, Americans could not even imagine that a large part of the world did not share their convictions about freedoms and democracy. People, even people who were knowledgeable of and familiar with world events, had never heard of Osama Bin Laden or of al Qaeda. Terror happened in other parts of the world; other countries and populations were targets of terror, not them, not superpower Americans. Ten years ago Americans felt that the values of freedom, women’s equality, equality among all races, agreeing to disagree on issues of religion, and recognizing that differences make for a more exciting dynamic and productive society, were universally held. Ten years later, Americans still hold true to those beliefs. But now, they understand that their own

Western beliefs are not universally held. They know that they must fight for their beliefs and they are up for the challenge. The terrorists struck at what they considered to be the heart and nerve center of the West — Wall St. They saw their attack as a great victory and as a lethal blow to the U.S. and the West. The blow was painful, but it was not lethal, it was not the death blow al Qaeda has intended. The United States had always understood that a certain modicum of terror was acceptable. It was considered the cost of doing business. Until 9/11. Today, U.S. policy has shifted into a no-tolerance policy, a policy of seek and destroy. Trillions of dollars have been dedicated to finding the new enemy, the Islamic terrorist. Wars are being fought and countries have been invaded all in order to get a handle on the elusive enemy, the enemy that has no borders and respects no borders. There have been successes and there have been many near success. There would never have been a worldwide approach to confronting terror had the Western world not been awakened as it was on 9/11. Terror would have simply been one of those unfortunate world events the Israelis deal with on a regular basis and the Europeans deal with every once in a while. But 9/11 changed us all. It awakened Westerners to a new reality. Halpern is a columnist and a social and political commentator. His latest book is “Thugs: How History’s Most Notorious Despots Transformed the World Through Terror, Tyranny, and Mass Murder” (Thomas Nelson).

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Ten Years Later

A Decade of Renewal The Headlines Tell the Story



September 11 Ten-Year Anniversary Commemorative Issue


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Letter from the Publisher What a decade it has been since 9/11/2001 -- a devastation and a decade that have totally transformed our neighborhoods. In reviewing the coverage in the Downtown Express and The Villager of the past ten years of 9/11 itself and its still ongoing reverberations, it struck us that the story is in the headlines. In short, it’s more than a thousand stories detailing Downtown New York’s continuing struggles with the pain, horror, and dislocation of 9/11; the enormous efforts to get people back into their homes and businesses; and the sheer pulling ourselves together that give an overwhelming American and New York response to terror: You cannot break us, we will only come back stronger.  This Commemorative Issue is laid out chronologically and scrolls the headlines of our coverage, year by year, interspersed with photographs from the decade.  Those who live and work downtown, and even some who don’t, will well remember the nerve-wracking dramas of our children being transported to welcoming schools outside the district; of parents demanding environmental and pollution analysis to see if they can get their kids back into their own schools; of businesses trying to open their doors to see if they still had any customers; and of the leaders of our nation, state, and city formulating (and re-formulating) a massive resolve to rebuild Downtown, and the World Trade Center site itself.   The W.T.C. rebuilding process, at the end of day, is one of the most remarkable and democratic building experiments ever put

Associate Editor John Bayles

— John W. Sutter

Advertising Sales Allison Greaker Michael Slagle Julio Tumbaco

Arts Editor Scott Stiffler Reporters Aline Reynolds Albert Amateau Lincoln Anderson

in play -- a vast plebiscite on who we are as a people and how we can come together for a common purpose and actually get not just something done but, God willing, something extraordinary done.  It is pretty clear from the scrolling of the last decade’s stories that our community’s ten-year response to tragedy and rebuilding was not easy. It was done in fits and starts, it had huge delays, there was sometimes great political and civic vision, and sometimes great political discontinuity and failures of vision. Some of our political institutions operated dynamically and transparently, others less so. What comes through in the end is something of the essence and strength of a healthy urban democratic process. Citizens and civic groups mobilized impressively to rebuild a community. Leaders emerged who listened, planned, and implemented a vast development process that deepened the area’s residential presence and diversified its commercial make-up. The resulting mixeduse neighborhoods of Lower Manhattan are much more stable than pre-9/11, more able to weather economic challenges and other dislocations.  And what has resulted is a better, healthier, and stronger Downtown, one that has doubled its population since 9/11/2001 and is today among the most livable and dynamic neighborhoods in the entire city. Downtown is clearly back, and stronger. It is a story we can all be deeply proud of.  

Sr. V.P. of Sales and Marketing Francesco Regini

Publisher & Editor John W. Sutter

Letter from the editor

Retail Ad Manager Colin Gregory Business Manager / Controller Vera Musa

There are tragedies throughout history so immense and significant that the impact has altered the way people think about the world and the way they move within it. These tragedies have defined the generations that witnessed them and have governed the generations that followed them. On September 11, 2001 the United States of America was the victim of an attack that captivated humanity and that ultimately repositioned the neighborhood we call home and placed it at the center of the world. Lower Manhattan bore the brunt of the day’s devastation, as the area surrounding the World Trade Center became known as “Ground Zero” due to both geography and the human casualties that resulted. But the saga of Lower Manhattan that has unfolded over the last ten years, the vast devastation at its center, its rebirth and its undeniable role as a beacon of resilience, began minutes after the first plane struck the North Tower. And the saga is still being written today. Residents and business owners have never faltered in their goal to revive the community; moreover they have vowed to make it even better than it was on that fateful day. There have been milestones along the way, marking signs of revival and serving as teachable moments for the future. When the PATH station reopened in 2003, when the ground was broken for a new elementary school, and when the “Survivor Tree” was returned home to the W.T.C. site in 2010, tears of joy and tears of sadness were shed. And every milestone and every resulting ounce of emotion has over the last decade

Art / Production Director Troy Masters Art Director Mark Hasselberger Graphic Designer Jamie Paakkonen Interns Lily Bouvier Sam Spokony

redefined a community, a city and a country. The story of Lower Manhattan’s response to 9/11 has many characters. The roles include elected official, first responder, teacher, student, clergy member, business owner and resident. The story of the neighborhood’s rebirth over the last decade has been written by both people who were here and witnessed the tragedy first hand and by those who have moved to the city since. And it is clear that the story is not only local, as nearly every city in every state has someone who came to volunteer during the immediate recovery effort. It was evident early on that the roles were being filled by people from all five boroughs, the entire state and from all over the country. Like many of our readers, 9/11 is never completely out of our mind. That is probably because, as the saying goes, it is never completely out of sight. Since we are a weekly newspaper in Lower Manhattan, Ground Zero is in our backyard. This fact became evident immediately after the attack when our publisher decided to make the Downtown Express a weekly newspaper instead of a twice-monthly newspaper. He recognized that people in a disaster zone desperately need information, and that Lower Manhattan had been changed forever and would continue to change for years. The need to report on a neighborhood that was then and is again at the center of the world was clear and present. And it still is today.

— John Bayles

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Tuesday, September 11th


For community newspapers, early September typically means lots of feature stories about kids returning to school and the agendas of local officials returning from vacation. But the events of Sept.11, 2001 changed that. And not just for community papers in Lower Manhattan, or even in New York. There were community papers all over the country that were forced to use their front pages to tell stories of the kid who grew up on Main Street, who worked his way through college, and subsequently landed a job in the financial capital of the world. The stories, however, usually contained a question as to whether that kid was still alive. Our local news took on new urgency. Readers in our Lower Manhattan disaster zone desperately needed information on which schools were open and shuttered, what firehouses had lost entire companies, what environmental testing showed about the quality of the air, when Battery Park City could be reoccupied. What was the response of our elected leaders and the Community Board? What programs were emerging to help residents get back into their homes and businesses to reopen their doors? The news was moving so quickly and the need so great for up-to-date local information that in October 2001, the Downtown Express decided to go from bi-weekly publication to weekly publication.

Showing signs of strength

In the days following 9/11, scores of New Yorkers gathered along the West Side Highway holding up these and other signs to thank the first-responder firefighters from Tribeca’s Ladder Company 8, nicknamed the “Ghostbusters” firehouse; and the Financial District’s Engine Company 6. Some of them were Red Cross volunteers, who walked around Lower Manhattan handing out food and water to police officers and trying to boost morale. The volunteers began at Union Square, worked their way down to St. Vincent’s Hospital, walked next to the highway, crossed Canal Street, and headed up 6th avenue to Washington Square Park. Six firefighters from Ladder Company 8, including Lieutenant Vincent Halloran, climbed the stairs of the burning North Tower that morning in attempt to safely evacuate as many people as possible. Halloran never made it out alive.

Two jets, two hours – then Twin Towers are gone • Primaries delayed, relief is main concern • Into the rubble, September 13,

Local fire houses hit hard; entire companies lost • Thousands lack power • With songs and candles, thousands attend vigil in the Village • Schools and universities open doors to relief effort • Thousands are drawn Downtown to mourn, gawk, be a part • Students are relocated from W.T.C. disaster area • Primaries to be held Sept. 25 • Battery Park City Authority pushes to reopen buildings • After devastation, residents try to rebuild lives • N.Y.U. evacuates seven dorms • Stranded pets are saved from the evacuated buildings • Ninth Precinct defuses angry protest at East Village mosque • New sites for Downtown voters • Seawall okay • Seamen’s Church helping out • Local firefighters recall their friends and the horror • Three injured, no deaths at the First Precinct • Weisbrod: Lower Manhattan is ready to rebuild • World Financial Center could begin rebuilding in a month • Most of Battery Park reopens • Tribeca businesses band together for relief • Lower Manhattan restaurants begin to regroup • 700 rush, or rushed to Downtown Hospital on Sept. 11 • B.M.C.C. helping rescue workers and preparing to reopen • A desperate search for loved ones at the midnight to 4 a.m. •


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armory • No business at the Seaport • Parents need answers on the opening of


P.S. 234 and P.S./I.S. 89 • A

five-block run to safety for teens and moms • Wagner Park reopens • Disaster poetry reading • Residents and

businesses frustrated over access issue • Pace University remembers • Gateway Plaza

Downtown parents worry about school space and air tenants make demands on Lefrak

• Soldiers draw on the spirit of P.S.•I.S. 89 • Soccer provides a relaxing escape for children • Small businesses band together to survive • Officials say ‘stuffy air’ may be causing headaches at Stuy • B.P.C. Authority, residents coping after Sept. 11 • Nadler warns of nuclear and other dangers • B.P.C. nursery struggles with reduced enrollment • Waiting to reach out and touch someone at Southbridge • Jerry, Bill and Hillary come out to support Tribeca • Park construction resumes despite delays on Pier 40 • P.S. 89 moves and East Side program is forced out • P.S. 234 parents debate returning • Some homeless were also displaced Sept. 11 • Clinton and Silver say thanks to Downtown Hospital • Police look to shrink ‘frozen zone’ and wall it off • Downtown water main project resumes • Utah town pitches in • Construction equipment stolen • What to build downtown? Planners and

Architects debate what to build downtown •

• Board hopes to revive produces mixed results • Ballfield

Fundraiser for local fire and police stations

park plan •

Downtown lobbying trip

construction still on track, B.P.C.A. says • Pataki announce $25



Enrollment down at P.S. 89 and preschools • City turns P.S./I.S. 89 back to the Board of Ed • C.B.

1 sets conditions for school reopenings

Not everyone wants

to rebuild the financial center

Two planes, two hours and the Twin Towers are gone

The unforgettable images of Sept.11, 2001, like the one above, were splashed across front pages of newspapers all across the world.

• Trinity

Church reopens • Some

Burial Ground

artifacts rediscovered in W.T.C. • Air quality news: so far, so good • Checkpoint hassles continue for cars • Lice? What about anthrax, smallpox and asbestos? • Crowds return in smaller numbers to this year’s parade

Doubling up

After the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the Villager and the Downtown Express put out a dual issue.

• Senate

approves $5 billion stimulus for New

York • Struggling to make it south of ‘ground zero’ • Businesses go to ‘one-stop shopping’ event for help • Con Ed to dig 5 miles of streets in 6 months • Air quality in Stuyvesant may be getting c

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worse • Cleaning begins at Trinity Pl. High School • Tenant fights and rent strikes continue in B.P.C. • Restore the streets which the W.T.C. replaced, says C.B. 1 • Web


surfers moved by essay • Businesses should publicize discounts • Veterans

Plaza rededicates on two-month anniversary • Checkhov Now means even more • Market to move to Battery Pl. • Searching for volunteer searchers • Board of Ed pushing to reopen P.S. 234 in January • Panel calls for one agency to monitor air quality • Fraunces restaurant, the first George W.’s hangout, reopens • Gateway leaders recommend deal with Lefrak • No plan to reopen B.P.C. movie theater • Planners agree ferries can help save Downtown • Stuyvesant air is not getting worse • Rebuild as high as Twin Towers • Park construction continues in the Village... Tribeca work near Hudson is still years away • Madelyn takes on Rudy • Durst: Downtown needs more residents • Borders hopes to come back • California students help P.S. 234 • Wils says Giuliani is ignoring Downtown residents • P.S.

/I.S. 89 parents mull their return • P.S. 234 to vote on return • Small businesses begin to collect

grants • B.P.C.A. hoping for pedestrian bridge • Washington Market Park expansion delayed • B.P.C. nursery open house • Will the W.T.C. barge stay near Harrison Street? • Spare space for Borders? • Parents, officials debate when to open P.S. 234 • 40,000 books cleaner, library reopens to the public • Pataki and Giuliani pick team to rebuild Downtown • Officials discuss Downtown section of subway • Buddhist painting to protect Downtown • Trying to bring fun and business back to Wall St. • Some local leaders call for moving W.T.C. barge north • Time to organize children’s return to neighborhood schools • Reclaim P.S. 234 in Jan. • Trade Center artist regroups with his comrades • L.M.C.C. presents its World Views at New Museum • Greenwich St. block c

A bird’s eye view of Ground Zero

An aerial photo of Ground Zero days after the attacks shows the mounds of rubble that had to be cleared.

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reopens • $100,000 for B.P.C. Nursery •

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pre-Sept. 11 • Silverstein says put Route 9A underground • Artist donates

• Gerson leads tour of W.T.C. and its greater area • B.P.C.A. and residents clash over proposed bridge • Board, parents close to Feb. 1 deal at P.S. 234 • Tribecans buying Christmas trees earlier • Onward Christian cleaners; Baptists complete work • A Feb. return to P.S. 234 • Parents say: Move the barge • Barge fight continues • Freed thanks restauranteurs • P.S. 234 conditions for return • Residents begin fight for temporary rec space • Giuliani and students remember victims and celebrate park’s renovation • Angling to please, B.P.C.A. proposes new design • Liberty, Ellis ferries open later this week • Trust resurfacing Chelsea field for Downtown children • Barge raises questions as children return to school • A life spent with the W.T.C. • Leaders look to improve Downtown transportation • Pitching in to help Downtown businesses • City Hall Park still closed 14 weeks later • City to leave B.P.C. in spring? • P.S. 89 fearful, I.S. 89 anxious to return • I.S. 89 may open Jan. 22 • Residents protest against W.T.C. debris barge • City grants for non-profit and non-retail businesses • No plans to reopen City Hall Park • Children’s programs return to New Amsterdam Library painting to fire museum

MCC Remembers 9/11 And Honors those whose lives were lost And Thanks the first responders Who bravely sought to help their fellow man WWW.MANHATTANCC.ORG

Thank you to the entire Lower Manhattan community for extraordinary courage, strength and resilience in the face of overwhelming odds. There is much to remember and honor as our rebuilding continues.

State Senator

Daniel Squadron 212-298-5565

250 Broadway, Suite 2011 New York, NY 10007

Bush visits Downtown as residents search for answers

A few days before ordering an attack on Afghanistan, President Bush paid a visit to Downtown. He made a stop at P.S. 130 in Chinatown and spoke to Lower Manhattan business leaders at Federal Hall on Oct. 3. While at P.S. 130, he told the students they were “lucky to have heroes” in their classrooms, referring to the faculty that safely evacuated the school, located on Baxter Street, on the day of the attacks. Bush also accompanied Gov. Pataki and Mayor Guiliani to Engine Company 55, which at the time was missing four firefighters. Lt. Jimmy Schade said Bush’s visit raised the spirits of the company.

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When 2002 began many Downtowners were still reeling from the 9/11 attacks and were in desperate need of a year defined by progress. It quickly became clear that the progress would be slow going.

But signs of hope came in the form of hotels opening in Battery Park City, the announcement that the federal government had earmarked billions of dollars to help rebuild the neighborhood, and the re-opening of two Lower Manhattan schools that had been evacuated and temporarily relocated. Debris from Ground Zero was finally disappearing by way of barges launched from Pier 25, and actor Robert De Niro helped bring to life the Tribeca Film Festival, an event that has returned every year since and gives the local economy a boost. Community Board 1 became the most important community board in the city as its members tirelessly advocated for money for schools, cultural groups and small businesses. U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney challenged FEMA to ensure that Lower Manhattan residents received the aid they deserved. And the World Trade Center site’s rebirth began as seven different architectural teams offered up nine different visions of how the devastated site should be designed.

B.P.C Ritz Carlton and Marriott Financial Center hotels open in Downtown’s struggling market • Clinton and Schumer visit B.P.C., announce plans for

to honor heroes with Congressional Gold Medal passed in the House • Chinatown groups

$1.1 billion in federal aid

• Bill

scramble to help businesses, workers

W.T.C. platform crowds overwhelm Downtown; businesses, residents object •

Lower Manhattan Development Corp.

begins to plan the future with $2 billion from Washington

Many at P.S. 89

continue to fight return • Bloomberg

says he’ll listen to Downtown residents when it comes to planning for the new W.T.C. • Pier 94 Disaster Assistance Service Center moved to

The night the ‘Tribute’ lights went out

For a little over a month, 88 searchlights installed next to the site of the Twin Towers formed two vertical columns of light. The art installation, created by the Municipal Art Society of New York, was called “Tribute in Light” and ran from March 11 to April 14, 2002. Initially thought of as a one-time-only installation, the “Tribute Lights” returned the next year for the anniversary and have returned every year since to commemorate the collapse of the towers. On a clear night, the vertical beams can be seen from 60 miles away.

P.S. 89 parents to take nonbinding vote on return • Three-day move for P.S. 234 • Real Estate Co. Insignia-ESG back at One Liberty Plaza • Teachers’ union signs deal to move



• Ticket-system for ground zero viewing platform is working, Downtowners say • Route 9A reopening pushed back, not likely until April • New resident assistance group forms, called The Downtown Community Restoration Project • At public forum, workers, pols, businesses pledge to work together • New restaurants boldly open despite the odds: Plumeri, The Harrison, the Stone Street Tavern, Seattle Coffee Roasters, Cookie Island, Les Halles and others try their luck Downtown • Many I.S. 89 students celebrate return; grateful to be back • P.S. 89 parents say Levi will compromise over students’ return • Nadler says E.P.A. is passing the buck Downtown • A portion of City Hall Park finally opens • P.S. 24 Second graders publish pre-September photo book, “My Neighborhood Downtown” • Superheroes pay tribute to firefighters in New York City Downtown in an effort to support the area


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Fire Museum and New York City Comic Book Museum’s new at exhibit on 9/11 fire heroes • Focus on Downtown businesses


— New ones open, some $$ for others, some struggling still look for government help

• P.S. 89 return opponents reject Feb. 28 offer • W.T.C. agency: permanent memorial will be built last • New Tribeca shops say business is picking up • Loan deadline extended for small businesses affected directly by 9/11 • Skilled volunteers — some unemployed — assist businesses • Clinton defends Mideast policy at Downtown forum • Architects weigh in with ground zero ideas • P.S. 89 P.T.A. resists parent vote and return • Planting some ferns to remember victims at Pier 26, as part of America Forest’s Memorial Tree Groves effort • Shopping giants begin to reopen doors Downtown: Part of W.F.C. opens, Century 21 later this month,

• Silverstein aide says Greenwich St. may be extended • Hundreds swarm to W.T.C. forum sponsored by the Civic Alliance to Rebuild Downtown New York • $15.6 million disaster relief package for B.P.C. residents • W.T.C. ‘Bathtub’ retaining wall is cleared and safe for now, city and P.A. officials say • Residents debate Twin Tower light design • Some parents transferring away from Downtown schools • Bloomberg outlines his vision for Downtown’s future • A ferry for Mommy: J&R expands

Students return to P.S. 234 and P.S. 150

When the Twin Towers collapsed, schools like P.S. 234 and P.S. 150 in Tribeca were quickly evacuated. The teachers and students had no idea more than five months would pass before they would return to their classrooms. Both of the schools were relocated, temporarily, to schools in the West Village, where in some cases rooms were crammed with up to three teachers and 90 students. On Monday, Feb.4, 2002 the two schools reopened. The photo above shows Anna Switzer (in red jacket), the principal of P.S. 234 at the time, and Bob Townley (far right), executive director of Manhattan Youth greeting the parents and students.

Patricia Mary Smith, 2 1/2, who once promised to get her mother a boat, last week helped christen the Moira Smith, a NY Waterway Ferry named for her mother, a police

Ten years later we remember all those who are no longer with us and salute all the heroes who came together to make our City even stronger. The Downtown communty remains as vibrant as ever, a testament to the spirit of all those who live here.


Deborah J. Glick 853 Broadway, Suite 1518, New York, NY 10003

Tel: 212-674-5153 / Fax: 212-674-5530

officer who was killed Sept. 11 •

C.B. 1 sees alternatives for

ground zero • Marie Savettiere volunteers to sew a Firefighters’ quilt •

Some B.P.C. residents say relief offer is not enough • Short-

and long-term

plans to rebuild PATH • W.T.C. plans surge: L.M.D.C. begins work under fire

• Nadler

hammers E.P.A. on air testing •

Battery Park City Day Nursery steadily rebuilding enrollment • Reconnecting to Battery

Park City: Construction begins on Rector St. bridge and on Route 9A repairs; W.T.C. South Bridge may be rebuilt this spring • Bloomberg

aide says press ban c

In Memorium Greenwich House Hosts

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Honoring all New Yorkers who have overcome tragedy and continue to work toward personal growth and understanding.

A Decade in the Aftermath of September 11 Photography Exhibition September 12 - October 14, 2011

Premier Reception on Monday, September 12, 2011 RSVP required, contact GH Music 46 Barrow Street 212-242-4770

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at C.B. 1 meeting on the W.T.C. memorial was a mistake • Light memorial for B.P.C.; W.T.C. sphere in historic Battery Park • Remembering the victims: The Battery Park City museum holds vigil and discussion • After five months away, High School of Economics and Finance, is last high school to reopen • P.S. 89, the last ground zero school, reopens • Shoppers swarm back to Century 21


• Politicians praise Century 21’s Downtown reopening • Whitehead on ground zero’s future, says submerging Route 9A likely • Some fearful B.P.C. parents try home schooling • Chatham Green tenants: Checkpoints are choking us • City: W.T.C. barge will leave by ‘early June’ • Bloomberg sets up Downtown air quality group, Lower Manhattan Air Quality Task Force • Two Downtown memorials dedicated six months after: “The Sphere” by Fritz Koenig and “Tribute Light” twin tower replica • East will meet West in free ferry service to connect Battery Park City with east end of Wall St. • Pier 25 W.T.C. debris barge protest • St. Paul’s Chapel, site of 9/11 relief, to close for cleaning • Village officersheroes honored at Annual Cop-of-the-Year awards • NYU Downtown Hospital honored for response on 9/11 • P.S. 89 still waiting for promised air filters • Parents protest debris barge at Pier 25 • Chinatown groups raise objections to East River bridge tolls • The ‘bathtub’ and other tales from the deep: Divers check safety of W.T.C. foundation • Gerson proposes plan to help mom and pop businesses Downtown • Downtown Italian restaurant Caracello reopens • Real estate market appears to be picking up • Downtown subway station rebuilding continues • Parks development is part of plan to retain B.P.C. residents • Museum of Jewish Heritage, American Indian Museum join Lower Manhattan’s rebuilding efforts • De Niro, Bloomberg and AmEx trumpet first annual Tribeca Film Festival • Statue still closed, but Liberty remains an attraction • NYU Downtown Hospital plans for post-9/11 threats • I.S. 89 unveils tile art project of images of hope and renewal post 9/11 • B.M.C.C. picks up the pieces, coping with budget cuts and a damaged Fiterman Hall • West St. and Battery Tunnel reopen — Rector Br. Next • Feds to close more Downtown streets for security • Immigrant group protests for undocumented victims • Silver’s package proclaims 9/11 as state holiday, no sales tax in Lower Manhattan stores on July 4 weekend, need for air quality tests • Chinatown still hurting after 9/11, report says • Authority finds operator for North Cove Marina, to the delight of Downtown boaters • New York Partnership and Chamber of Commerce gives $1.1 million in grants c

“As we continue to rebuild Lower Manhattan, the victims of September 11 will remain in our hearts and memories. The acts of that day will stay with us forever, but the resiliency of our great community will continue to move us forward.”

Assemblyman Shelly Silver 250 Broadway ·Suite 2307 • New York, NY 10007 212 · 312 · 1420 •

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to 9 small businesses in Lower Manhattan • Blueprints of Downtown’s future unveiled • Smallest businesses falling through the cracks • L.M.D.C. adopts expansion of residential


incentives • L.M.D.C. looks to restore Cass Gilbert building, site of 24-hour fire on 9/11 • W.T.C.

relief fraud: Albert Dross arrested for false claim • It’s almost...bye-bye barge time; beginning of the end of the debris barge operation • Liberty St. pedestrian bridge, formerly the South Bridge, reopens • Tribeca restauranteur Albert Capsuoto of Capsuoto Freres, advocates for Downtown’s small businesses • City to repave 37 miles in 5 weeks; FEMA aid will pay if done in time frame • Officials

say sun will rise on B.P.C. ballfields next year • $33 million to keep 14 big employers, large firms in Lower Manhattan

• Stuyvesant High School, B.M.C.C. students talk with terror victims in Northern Ireland • Stress rates high among children, says report by Board of Ed • Southbridge is just outside zone eligible for relief; wary of relief promise from Safe Horizon • Chinatown residents chastise FEMA at meeting • United Artists Battery Park 16 Cinema and Embassy Suites hotel reopen just in time for Tribeca Film Fest crowds • AmEx returns with $1 million gift for Lower Manhattan summer concerts and events festival • Feds to consider grant plan to continue attracting residents to Lower Manhattan • Eight months later, E.P.A. will clean apartments • Brookfield presents plan for new Winter Garden • Scholars at B.M.C.C. honored in name of fallen classmates • Skyscraper Museum design approved, new location to open this year • Tens of thousands flock to Tribeca festival for films, fun and music • W.T.C. ceremony set for May 30; Tribeca piers to reopen • Silverstein’s architect presents 7 W.T.C. plan • Downtown tax-free days passed Upstate • L.M.D.C. increases proposed aid to residents • W.T.C. planning team named • Questions persist as E.P.A. begins indoor cleanup • Con Ed pulls up last mile of cable that supplied temporary power Downtown • Tribeca Playhouse raising money to stay open, says all investors withdrew after 9/11 • Ground zero recovery work, cleanup ends, allowing for a moment of silence at a May 30 memorial ceremony • Most studies show stress is rising Downtown • Cedar St. tenants ask about cleanup of evacuated buildings • With recovery done, St. Paul’s closes for cleaning • L.M.C.C. arts group, homeless after losing space in W.TC. Tower 1, gets donated space in W.F.C. • B.M.C.C. grads praised by Hillary Clinton for enduring hectic year of 9/11 tragedy • Proposal to name West St. Heroes Highway, after 9/11’s heroes • Remains still being recovered at and near ground zero • Protestors demand more aid for Chinatown • Stress psychiatrist says more 9/11 treatment needed • Proposal for “Freedom Trees” be planted around city • Meet Silverstein’s architect, David Childs, the man most likely to design ground zero’s new c

Borough of Manhattan Community College

Standing Together With Our Community

New Fiterman Hall reopening 2012. The original Fiterman Hall was the only academic building in the nation destroyed on 9/11. To improve the lives of our students, contributions may be made to the BMCC Foundation. For more information, call 212-220-8020.

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Imagining 19,000 opinions for ground zero • Clinton backs mental health plan of children affected by 9/11 • Firefighters


still waiting for safety improvements to address problems that came up on 9/11 • Examining

possible 9/11 harm to pregnant women • Beat goes on at

• FEMA expands housing benefit program • E.P.A. questions private test results that indicate high mercury levels • $12 million in federal aid approved for Downtown schools • Strong reactions to the marketing of ground zero: the debate over vendors and souvenir sales at the W.T.C. • Forum on Lower Manhattan redevelopment expects to draw 5,000 voices • PATH station’s destruction was a route to success for harbor’s ferry king NY Waterway • Tiny Greek “Saint Nicholas Church” likely to be rebuilt at W.T.C. • Flocking to remember 343 casualties at city’s Fire Museum • Release, React, Rethink: officials take second look at W.T.C. plans after strong reaction • What’s next for block near ground zero? Tenants across from W.T.C. hope to return • Federal Hall Exhibit collects community input on W.T.C.; visitors are underwhelmed by 6 W.T.C. plans • Council says FEMA is shortchanging the city on money to replace $30 million lost in damaged technology • C.B. 1 grills E.P.A. over W.T.C. cleanup • $4.55 billion for MTA and PATH rebuilding; nearby department store Century 21 agrees transportation is what is needed • Details of E.P.A. cleanup plans draw fire from some • Reassurance given to Cedar-Liberty tenants: L.M.D.C. says won’t raze homes as part of redevelopment plan • W.F.C. shops anxious for Winter Garden reopening • Trade Center’s engineer, Leslie E. Robertson, is still building skyscrapers • After 9/11, bomb squad’s job gets busier • Questions still as L.M.D.C. starts over with W.T.C. designs • City Council says W.T.C. site should include a public market like Seattle’s Pike Place • Land of memorials ponders the 9/11 addition; BPC Residents worry their community will become a “living graveyard” • E.P.A. extends cleaning deadline for resident apartments • Month of free dances in historic Battery Park: Downtown Dance Festival, interrupted last year on 9/11, will happen at full speed this year • Watching easy riders road down to ground zero, for the 9/11 commemorative motorcycle ride fundraiser • Chatham Green to rally to reopen Park Row • Downtown Jews prepare as High Holy Days coincide with 9/11 anniversary • South Ferry station could move to Battery Park • Memorializing the sounds of 9/11: The Sonic Memorial Project produces a radio and online documentary about the W.T.C. • Gays try to extend 9/11 advances to other tragedies • Chinatown poor air quality exacerbated by 9/11; asthma survey by local group shows high rate • First part of viewing wall will be unveiled Sept. 11 • Ceremonies planned

Murray Street Studio after a temporary close


Julie Menin wishes to thank and acknowledge all who stood tall with our community in our darkest hour as now on this ten year anniversary we reflect, remember and unite.

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from sunrise to sunset Sept. 11, 2002 â&#x20AC;˘ Congress


returns for historic session at Federal Hall, near old Twin Towers â&#x20AC;˘ City blocks $15 million fund for B.P.C. residents: say they have plenty of incentives already â&#x20AC;˘ Residents protest continuing closure of Park Row â&#x20AC;˘ City comptroller

â&#x20AC;˘ Transit Police Officer Ramon Suarezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family and woman he saved, remember â&#x20AC;˘ Officials say Winter Garden opening marks renewal â&#x20AC;˘ E.P.A. begins apartment cleanup, slowly but surely â&#x20AC;˘ 1 year, 4 days after 9/11 closure: South Ferry, Rector, Cortlandt subway stations reopen â&#x20AC;˘ Fire Dept. adds anti-terrorist protections â&#x20AC;˘ C.B. 1 puts last touches on W.T.C. plans â&#x20AC;˘ Running for freedom: outlines economic hits from 9/11

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let Freedom Runâ&#x20AC;? held to remember 9/11 victims â&#x20AC;˘ 1 year tribute: sailboats gathered in front of Statue of Liberty fly 1,000 sails, 3,000 flags to honor the victims â&#x20AC;˘ 1st

anniversary ceremony brings a mix of emotions for local residents â&#x20AC;˘ C.B. 1 stresses transportation in

W.T.C. plans


Business, civic leaders outline ways to revive Downtown, call for

demolition of closed buildings around the W.T.C. â&#x20AC;˘ 1,000 cyclists participated

in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Face of America 2002â&#x20AC;? ride from W.T.C. to Pentagon, to honor 9/11 victims â&#x20AC;˘ Little health risk to residents from 9/11, panel says â&#x20AC;˘

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together on W.T.C. plans • C.B. 1 support for Chatham Green and Park Row • L.M.C.C.’s


new exhibit “Looking In” brings art to empty storefronts • $7 million from Congress for “Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response” terrorism center at N.Y.U. • No

plans to fix or demolish Deutsche

Bank • Speaker Silver introduced legislature to exempt Downtown grants from Federal taxes • Grocery shoppers, art critics give dog mixed reviews: American Kennel Club DOGNY Public Art Program installs statues to honor dogs who participated in 9/11 rescue missions • Baby

Luca, “ground zero’s first baby,” turns

one as life gets back to normal • Feds ask Wall St. firms to relocate operations to lessen blow of possible future attacks • Customs House says it hopes to return to Downtown • Doctors give status report on W.T.C. health studies: some evidence of effects to ground zero workers, but so far no evidence of widespread problems to residents • Red

Cross offers assistance to help and encourage residents to have apartments cleaned • W.T.C. souvenir vendors struggle to make ends meet • FEMA protest: Maloney and Nadler say people aren’t getting the assistance they’re entitled to • Critics say there are better ways to spend business grants • FEMA to help Downtown schools pay for

40 miles of street repairs Downtown: Greenwich just the beginning of 5-year project lost time by funding additional hours in the classroom

Theater reopens in time for film fest

The United Artists Battery Park 16 Cinema reopened just in time for the crowds of film buffs that flooded Lower Manhattan for the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival. Robert De Niro, one the fest’s founders, created the event in hopes of stimulating the neighborhood’s economy post-9/11.

• Telemarketers try to tap into FEMA 9/11 funds: misleading practices skirt the line between being legal and illegal, officials say • Critics charge W.T.C. Individual and Family Grant Program aid stats are inflated • Downtown questions Olympic Plan, worries that 2012 Olympics in NYC would distract from Downtown rebuilding • City presents 5-year plan for Downtown streets, to repair damage from rescue, debris removal, construction traffic • 26 people charged with W.T.C. scams • I.R.S. to tax Downtown residential grants • Terrorism drives up insurance rates, report says; commercial insurance premiums up 73 percent in the city • Young designers use Legos to build a new W.T.C. at the NYC Police Museum • E.P.A. Downtown cleanup draws criticism • Downtowners worry over fuel stored in buildings • FEMA, Clinton, Schumer announce $4.1 million Pace center • New M.B.A. program “MBAs4NYC” helps Downtown businesses • L.M.D.C. President Tomson unveils new timetable for Downtown’s future • FEMA enforces deadline despite mail mix-up; applications returned to sender after federal agency misses payments on P.O. box bill • Holiday lights return to Winter Garden after a two-year absence • Deutsche moves to Wall St., uncertain about Liberty building • Citibank donation: $50,000 to the Alliance for Downtown New York, to help alleviate 9/11 economic woes • Architecture students New York Institute of Technology take their crack at designs for ground zero • Nino’s America’s Kitchen for rescue workers, goes back to being a restaurant • C.B. 1 speaks, city silent on diesel safety • Hospitals, residents complain about Park Row closure, say impedes rapid emergency transit • Residents want to stay Downtown, Downtown Alliance survey says Workers’ Board rules two ways on gay ‘spouses’: Aug. change in state law applies only to spouses of 9/11 victims • Will it be any of these?; Public reacts to nine ideas from seven teams for W.T.C. site • Fire commander voices concern about diesel storage Over the last ten years, Lower Manhattan has grown into a thriving residential and cultural community. This transformation is possible due to the resilience and spirit of downtown residents — who have demonstrated their unwavering commitment to their community every day since the attacks on September 11, 2001. I am inspired by the strength of this community and honored to serve as your representative.

Councilmember Margaret S. Chin

We remember family, friends, neighbors and heroes lost September 11, 2001

But we look forward, with hope, as we continue working together to rebuild our community and our lives, stronger and more vibrant than ever before

Inspired by their lives and their blessed memory

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The Rudin Management Company wishes to extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those who lost family and friends on September 11, 2001.

As we honor those who died on this 10th anniversary, we hope for a better future filled with peace, tolerance and love.

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Nearly two years after the attacks on the Twin Towers, national media attention on Lower Manhattan was fading as the Bush administration launched the Iraq war. Business in Lower Manhattan was still down 55 percent, restaurants were closing and a community board stepped up and said loud and clear, “We must be heard — this is our home.” Funding was identified for a new high school in the neighborhood, Millennium High, and there was a renewed focus on pedestrian traffic and access, specifically the Vesey Street Bridge. Debate raged on the West Street Tunnel. Immense pressure was put on federal government agencies like the E.P.A. to pay attention to air quality concerns that were on the verge of being altogether forgotten. Daniel Libeskind was picked to design the W.T.C. and the L.M.D.C. began the search for memorial ideas; 13000 responded to the memorial design competition. Silverstein and Childs took the lead on Freedom Tower relegating Libeskind to “collaborating architect.” The year also saw firefighters return to “10 House” on Liberty Street and saw the formation of a movement to make sure Chinatown, and Park Row, were not lost in the mix.


In January 2003, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. narrowed the nine choices for the World Trade Center site down to either THINK team’s World Cultural Center or a design by architect Daniel Libeskind. On Monday, Feb. 1, executives with the Port Authority, the city and the L.M.D.C. met and reached what they described as a consensus, perhaps on which two plans to consider. A final decision on a street plan for the site were expected within two months.

Public meetings to be held on future of W.T.C. site • Debate begins on shorter West St. tunnel •Don’t rush decisions says public on rebuilding process • Community Board 1 considers W.T.C. proposals, makes recommendation • FEMA criticizes itself in 9/11 aid report • First Precinct officers honored for role in 9/11 • Tomson to leave L.M.D.C. in February • C.B.1 backs 3 W.T.C. plans • One week left to apply for FEMA aid for 9/11 • FEMA decides to accept some late applications for aid • Chevys and Applebees struggle across from W.T.C.; one-and-a-half years later, business

N.Y.U. takes advantage of post-9/11 low rents; chooses Woolworth center for a location to help in revitalization• Do Tour Buses belong on the ‘footprints?’; Battle lines harden still down about 55 percent • Pataki backs West. St. tunnel in letter •

over W.T.C. bus garage • Final decision on W.T.C. architectural team expected Feb. 27 • B.P.C.A. objects to Port Authority plans for temporary PATH exits • FEMA suspects fraud in aid applications • Battery Park City Day Nursery enrollment is close to pre-9/11 numbers • Daniel Libeskind

picked to design W.T.C. • Families, residents fight over W.T.C. ‘footprints’ • One teen’s view of the bus debate: Development is necessary for residents who have c

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to see the W.T.C. hole every day • L.M.D.C. looks to plan the rest of Downtown; After architect choice, still more decisions to make •


Some families call for Wils

to resign from L.M.D.C., say she hasn’t been sensitive to victims • Report disputes E.P.A. on initial 9/11 claim on air quality • B.P.C.A. says West St. tunnel likely • Residents ask Libeskind to improve W.T.C. access with street-level walk-throughs • British to spruce up Hanover Sq. with $2.5 million memorial garden • Complaint filed on elevators, handicap access since 9/11; Rector Street bridge opening nears • Winter Garden wins Lucy G. Moses Preservation award for restoration after 9/11 damage • Pro-troops rally at W.T.C. • City considers creating Chinatown Empire zone • Mayor asks Feds to fund terrorist-prevention • $2.9 million for labor training, to address unemployment in wake of 9/11 • Borders close to return, at 100 Broadway • L.M.D.C. tracks progress, informs public with W.T.C. exhibit: “From Recovery to Renewal: The Public Process of Rebuilding the World Trade Center Site and Creating a Permanent Memorial”

• Libeskind

to attend C.B. 1

forum, present plan • Taxman cometh to take 9/11 grants, unexpectedly • Beginning to put Downtown’s plans into place; Millenium Hilton reopens • Airport access is a key to Downtown’s future • Progress and recovery continues in B.P.C. •

Chinatown battling after economic hits from

Sept. 11 • St. Paul’s Chapel needs spirituality and space on Church St. • Vinnie Amesse photographs 9/11 memorial tattoos; exhibit at Staten Island Historical Society Museum

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charged with falsely claiming 9/11 needs • Libeskind signals flexibility in

memorial process • First Solaire tenants moved out of

B.P.C. in 9/11 aftermath • Chinatown searching for answers on Park

City looks to Rockaway and Brooklyn for Chinatown help • Pataki commits to Downtown timeline: Downtown

Row; City, residents debate closure

Greenmarket, high school this summer; W.T.C. memorial selected this fall; Libeskind tower topped off in 2006 • Sept. 11 funds will go toward Millenium High School Downtown • L.M.D.C. begins search

• Asbestos found in Independence Plaza North after E.P.A. cleanup; toxins are still in residents’ apartments •

for W.T.C. memorial ideas

Wedge of Light will have shadows every 9/11; Libeskind’s claim that his building would have no shadows on 9/11 anniversaries is disproved • At British memorial inaugural ceremony: Princess Anne says garden will grow at Hanover Sq.

• Park Row

Tribeca Film Festival returns to help revive Downtown • Open space

lawsuit continues as talks stall •

Remembering the teddy bears

The weeks and months following 9/11 were filled with selfless acts of charity. Many were inspirational and led to works of art, whether in the form of dramatic productions or full-fledged documentaries. In 2003 “September Bears,” premiered at St. Paul’s Chapel chronicled the story of Sue Lucarelli, who handed out 60,000 teddy bears after 9/11.

Downtown fears resurface with sign painted by Brooklyn artist James Peterson reading: “Caution: Low Flying Planes” on Leonard St. • Business group from Florence,

questions at the W.T.C. site are one critique of Libeskind’s plan • E.P.A. says I.P.N. stairwells are safe •

• Downtown favors West. St. tunnel for better access to W.T.C. memorial, poll says • Loretta Thomas bounces back to teach dance to kids • Deadline passes for L.M.D.C. residential grant giving incentives to new residents • 13 thousand vie to design W.T.C. memorial • Principal attributes P.S. 89’s low test score performance to high turnover after 9/11 • Housing developer approved for Liberty Bonds at Tribeca’s 5C site • Borders’ second chapter Downtown; New location at 100 Broadway opens • Council proposes new Park Row law • W.T.C. Greenmarket Market returns • W.T.C. Memorial jury hears residents, families clash; Final design choice scheduled for October • Tragedy brought her to B.P.C.: Sister of W.T.C. victim moves to B.P.C. to feel closer, works as counselor for Project Liberty • Downtowners celebrate the return of Borders • Advocates press for affordable housing Downtown as part of Lower Manhattan’s plans for the future • Construction gets underway at Skyscraper Museum; Museum has much more attention post 9/11 • D.O.T. presents Vesey St. pedestrian bridge plans Italy adopts Tribeca, offers aid for children and businesses Downtown


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New York University pauses to remember and honor the lives lost on

September 11, 2001. We continue to mourn those members of the NYU community and fellow New Yorkers who died on that tragic day. NYU stands by New York: past, present, and future.

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• Downtown’s new population boom underway • “September Bears” play at St. Paul’s Chapel chronicles the story of Sue Lucarelli, who handed out 60,000 teddy bears after Sept. 11 • Former National Guardsman to lead B.P.C. emergency C.E.R.T. team • Downtown family-run printing plant Admiral Communications is holding on south of W.T.C. • Plan floated to expand P.S. 234 to address Lower Manhattan’s population boom • Judge says police are ‘heavy handed’ on Park Row • Two false terror alarms disrupt Downtown • Leadership school students chose to contribute by building Downtown rec center • Silverstein-Childs take W.T.C. lead; Libeskind becomes collaborating architect • Pataki objects to tower move • New York Times’ developer seeks 9/11 funds for Midtown • W.T.C. plan criticized at environmental hearing, many say changes are needed • C.B. 1 committee skeptical of West St. tunnel plan • Occupation’ near Park Row must end, judge rules • Check is not in the mail, merchants say, anxiously awaiting 9/11 relief • Arts groups look to bring culture to W.T.C. at planned cultural center • Chinatown anger boils up at L.M.D.C. meeting, residents say their needs have been ignored • C.B. 1 leans against West St. tunnel, sees bridge plans • Moms of W.T.C. babies question birth-weight study on effects of 9/11 toxins • Judge’s ruling provides ‘road map’ for reopening Park Row • Red Cross 9/11 Program consolidates, moves its operations to Hanover Sq. • Pataki restates West St. tunnel support at Vesey St. bridge ceremony • L.M.D.C. returns to Chinatown for second meeting • Quieter 9/11 ceremonies two years later • Health study begins for residents, W.T.C. workers • Many art groups look to occupy new W.T.C. cultural center • On 9/11 anniversary, local artists focus on “Restoration” at a World Trade Art Gallery exhibition • Port looks to buy back W.T.C. retail, leasing rights • Despite toxic report, E.P.A. clears 114 Liberty St. building for residents to return • Fighting ‘Ground Zero’ as a phrase and tourist stop • Bus garage plan could reopen W.T.C. wounds • Mayor, governor back 9/11 Liberty Bond funds for Midtown • Clinton blocks E.P.A. appointment over Downtown air, says agency mishandled 9/11 pollution • Clinton calls for review of E.P.A. testing, broader apartment tests Downtown • Council introduces pollution reduction bill for W.T.C. construction • E.P.A. delays release of lead tests • Port presents plans for PATH hub at W.T.C. • N.F.L. donates $5 million to rebuild Lower Manhattan • Whitehead says Liberty Bonds won’t be wasted Downtown, in W.T.C. construction • What memorial? Winter Garden visitors confused over plans • Put the bus garage under the W.T.C. memorial • W.T.C. signs: should they stay or go? • Running to remember; Fireman’s widow to run marathon in husband’s memory • W.T.C. health survey is poorly run, some say • W.T.C. plans on track, Pataki says • E.P.A. releases results from some lead tests • Across from the W.T.C., Liberty St. firefighters return • E.P.A. moves closer to releasing test results • The W.T.C. superblock worked well for retail •


Paving the PATH’s way: Downtown getting ready for PATH’s reopening • Memorial design choices to be unveiled • PATH opens to tears and joy • Mixed reactions to memorial

designs • D.O.T. looks to lengthen proposed West St. tunnel • Zagat releases book

• Century-old Barthman’s Jeweler, struggling to stay open since 9/11, looks to the future • Give me Liberty for $5 million: Martin Scorsese to help raise money to reopen Statue of Liberty • E.P.A. releases results from lead tests • Residents raise questions on W.T.C. Health Registry • Lead analysis indicates minimal effect from W.T.C. • Childs’s and Libeskind’s collaboration on Freedom Tower design to be revealed Dec. 19 • C.B. 1, newspapers endorse memorial plans • Not much help for to help Downtown

small businesses: Leonard Altabet owns Worth Eyes eyeglass store in Tribeca, says last 2 years have been most difficult

• Wind and light for Childs’ W.T.C. tower design •

Preparing for the holidays with terror alerts and additional security measures • 6th Precinct remembers its fallen heroes of 9/11

C.B. 1 backs conditional Liberty Bond extension





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For Lower Manhattan, the year 2004 was all about design and demolition. The design of the Freedom Tower, as it was then named by Governor Pataki, was debated. Over 5000 different designs were released for the 9/11 Memorial and the Memorial Foundation was legitimately established. Plans were laid out to ensure that the future


W.T.C. site would include dedicated space for cultural institutions; the arts groups selected were the Joyce Theater, The Drawing Center, Signature Theater and Freedom Center. The Santiago Calatrava-designed PATH train and subway station was unveiled to mostly rave reviews. The announcement that the Deutsche Bank building would be demolished sparked concern in the community and raised questions about asbestos and the role of the E.P.A. After assuring residents the air was fine in the months after 9/11, the E.P.A. was taken to task by many, including the Sierra Club, which issued a report detailing the failures in air quality testing and claiming the agency had misinformed the public. A major milestone did signal that life was slowly returning to the way it was pre-9/11. The makeshift PATH station at the W.T.C. once again became the busiest stop in the system at 33,500 riders a day. On the more mundane front of “return to normality,” Downtown rents started to escalate as 9/11 residential grants dried up and the real estate bubble gained momentum.

Cultural buildings to return to memorial design with 36,000 sq. ft. of proposed space • C.B. 1 gets Freedom Tower presentation • Masters in disaster are the latest degree, with Metropolitan College of New York’s new Emergency and Disaster Management program • Juror Julie Menin gave birth while

nurturing a design • W.T.C. train station unveiled;

described as a station with ‘life, lightness and hope’ • Great minds think alike? Stuyvesant high school students try their own at a W.T.C. memorial design • Albany close to passing law barring

vendors at Ground Zero • 9/11 Residential Liberty Bonds close to being

At Downtown speech, Gore says Bush exploited post-9/11 fears, ‘abused’ nation’s trust on Iraq • The second winter of Liberty St. and Vesey St. bridges discontent: pedestrians

used up

Glowing reviews for Calatrava train station design at C.B. 1

say not enough has been done to facilitate access across West St. • B.M.C.C. inks deal to

move out of temporary classrooms, move in across from Fiterman

• L.M.D.C.

releases cultural organization short list of candidates for new W.T.C. arts center • Construction concerns at the W.T.C.: residents say slower, business community says faster

• 5,201

memorial ideas

released • A long way home: handicapped access across West Side Hwy is still

• 1993 W.T.C. bombing remembered; names of victims will be included in W.T.C. Memorial design • C.B.1 Landmarks committee approves deficient

Wall Street’s security design: security barriers will become more aesthetically pleasing • Downtown reacts to W.T.C. vendor law • E.P.A., Clinton announce panel to study W.T.C. response • Advocates tell L.M.D.C. to

asthma study suggests possible 9/11 effects: compared the number of clinic visits for asthma in Chinatown before and after Sept. 11, 2001 •

spend money on jobs and housing

• Children’s

Residents file suit against the E.P.A. • Poll: Downtown rebuilding is on the right track, but distrust of E.P.A. soars • Chinatown residents hear traffic plan changes for Park Row

and Confucius Plaza • Getting ready to build — the reopened World


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Initial rendering of new W.T.C.

One of the first renderings of the World Trade Center site was unveiled in 2004, including architect David Child’s original design of One W.T.C. (then called “the Freedom Tower”), the W.T.C. Memorial and the Calatrava PATH terminal.


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A DECADE OF GROWTH Ten years ago, New York Downtown Hospital participated in the single largest hospital response to an emergency ever. Over the course of two days, with no utilities, the Hospital treated 1,500 people, including 269 firefighters, police, and rescue workers. As a result of this effort, the Downtown corporate community came together to fund a new Emergency Center that would be the most up-todate facility, twice the size of its predecessor, with the latest available technology, to meet the needs of the Lower Manhattan communities. This new Emergency Center was built on what was the Hospital’s center courtyard. After a decade of expansion, the roof of the Emergency Center became the foundation for the Hospital’s new Wellness & Prevention Center, which provides advanced cardiac diagnostic technology, and a full spectrum of women’s services, including mammography and DEXA scan. Based on the results of your screening, you and your physician will develop a plan to protect, promote and maintain your health, as well as to prevent disease and disability. Lower Manhattan is the fastest growing neighborhood in New York. And New York Downtown Hospital is continuing to grow to meet your needs.


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Trade Center PATH station is once again the busiest stop in the system at 33,500 riders a day. • It is one of the reasons that many Lower Manhattan leaders say there is a renewed sense of optimism • Optimism as Downtown plans move to building stage • Transportation: an airport-commuter


• Finding the right arts mix at the new W.T.C. • New York Chinese Cultural Center, reopened since 9/11, will build on Chinatown’s strengths • Looking forward to living across from the progress • Parks: Downtown park renovations making Lower Manhattan a lot greener • Design for the W.T.C. memorial; train center design; Freedom tower design • Downtown retailers say things are picking up • W.T.C. health bill “Remember 9/11 Health Act” will give health screenings and treatments to residents and rescue workers • With $100,000 from Bloomberg and $7million in other private donations, Liberty Statue’s pedestal to reopen this summer • Panel named, agreement proposed for W.T.C. artifacts • How to spend Downtown’s last billion? Debate over Lower Manhattan’s funds intensifies • E.P.A. watchdog panel looks to expand testing • Vesey elevators coming this summer to a bridge near you • 9/11 money battle continues at C.B. 1; Board recommends affordable housing, park space, community centers, a school • A police parking lot since 9/11, police forced off James Madison Plaza to neighbors’ delight • St. Paul’s Chapel near W.T.C. marks locale with formal exhibit • High School for Leadership and Public Services nears end of repairs, begins to emerge from 9/11 ashes • Kennedy Dancers spring concert: “9/11 in The Shadow of the World Trade Center” at Greenwich St. Theater • Pataki backs rail, car tunnels; West St. tunnel still part of W.T.C. plan • Environmental statement for W.T.C. still lacking, C.B. 1 committee says • Kerrey to welcome 9/11 Commission to home turf for hearings on emergency response • E.P.A. panel considers ways to connect remaining dust to 9/11; watchdog group wants to determine whether any asbestos, lead or other toxins that are in apartments now can be traced to the destruction of the World Trade Center • Anger & tears for 9/11 Commission at emergency response hearings • River fest returns to Lower Manhattan, flows between the East and the Hudson • 9/11 mental health assistance still available through the 9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program, funded by Red Cross and the September 11th Fund • Lower link is crucial for Downtown

Manhattan emergency drill: The city’s Office of Emergency Management simulated a subway explosion in Lower Manhattan at Bowling Green station early Sunday morning to test the response time of Police, Fire, Transit and Emergency Medical personnel

9/11 Commission’s Kerrey: On 9/11, Kerry and V.P. run (‘definitely no’) • A quilt sewn by Kentucky grandmother Mary M. Henderson

panel considers its next step: broader testing in areas exposed to W.T.C. dust cloud? • Memorial barrier removed as W.T.C. plans

is ready for the W.T.C. firehouse

• E.P.A.

proceed • 9/11 memories to be preserved at W.T.C. “Story Corps” sound booth • New

York Disaster Interfaith Services opens across from the W.T.C. • Arts groups selected for the W.T.C.: L.M.D.C. has chosen Joyce dance theater, the Drawing Center, Signature Theater and Freedom Center • Some Chinatown residents charge N.Y.P.D. racism — New Park Row suit filed on environmental grounds • 9/11 business groups looking for money three years later; Some planning and business groups formed as a result of the Sept. 11 attacks are wrapping up their work, while others search for money to continue

• E.P.A. panel continues to debate what to do • Cornerstone of

Freedom Tower to be laid on Independance Day: building’s critics ready for a fight • New Jersey’s 9/11 memorial, designed by Frederic Schwartz, will be visible Downtown • L.M.C.C. artist’s group gets new home for W.T.C. tower 1 art studio • Downtown’s $3 billion pot is

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A special shoulder to cry on

In 2004 one mourner at the 9/11 anniversary ceremony found a very special shoulder to cry on; the shoulder of former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani.


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registry health study • Lesbian partner wins in 9/11 fund suit • Deutsche demo raises asbestos concerns • Vets protest war at the W.T.C. • E.P.A. panel plans to expand test program to residences and workplaces north of Canal • Downtown reacts to terror threats


against Citigroup buildings and the New York Stock Exchange • With 50,000 enrollees so far, city looks to make

biggest W.T.C. Health Registry bigger • W.T.C.

culture groups talk to C.B. 1 • After almost three years closed, Church St. post office reopens, gets stamp of approval • Coordinated Construction Act for Lower Manhattan encourages faster rebuilding, minority hiring, cleaner emissions • Watchdog group Good Jobs New York criticizes L.M.D.C’s allocations, says it favored big business • Sierra Club releases report on environmental response to 9/11, claims E.P.A.

Pennsylvania artist Steve Tobin is sculpting a memorial for St. Paul’s Chapel from a 9/11-damaged tree • W.T.C. lawsuit filed by 9/11 families, to halt W.T.C. construction until satisfying historic preservation

misinformed residents about air dangers •


• Seniors plan G.O.P. protest in B.P.C., concerns include civil liberties in the post-9/11 world • Anti-war signs overlook the W.T.C. site •

“RingOut” Protesters to ring bells and form ring around W.T.C., to commemorate victims of 9/11 while protesting Republican National Convention in NYC • Subdued remembranceSilver;s away from the W.T.C. • A homecoming at long last: Greenspan-Abramson family is first to move back into 114 Liberty St., the last residential building to reopen • Public process to dismantle

Deutsche building begins •

Committee looks for W.T.C.

memorial entrance-exit ramp location • W.T.C. health studies discussed at forum: NYU conference reviews previous health studies

New index

developed to measure Downtown economy indicates it’s slowly healing

Downtowners call for more say over L.M.D.C. money: Gerson leads protest

Last 7 W.T.C. beam raised as Port’s new leader is approved • C.B. 2 looks to make Village’s tile

calling for community say in use of remaining $860 million •

park at Greenwich Ave. and 7th Ave. S an official 9/11 memorial

Tribecan playwright Jon Robin Baitz’s, troubled about 9/11, presidential campaign, returns to ‘fight Another tightrope walk; this time in honor of 9/11 it out’: “My Beautiful Goddamn City” is part of Philippe Petit, who walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers in 1972, paid homage to the towers and its victims with a performance in Washington Sq. Park on Sat. September 12, 2004. First Annual Tribeca Theater Fest • Silverstein shows off He stretched a tightrope between a tree and lamppost. Before getting on the wire, Petit — who performed in mime — led the crowd in a moment of silence; he took off his hat, put it over his 7 W.T.C.’s mettle to Silver; occupancy will begin early next year • Ferry heart and pointed Downtown. commuters react to Waterway’s money woes caused by PATH station reopening • E.P.A.’s 9/11 leader Paul Gilman to leave • 80 War Resisters League members marched from W.T.C. to Stock Exchange in protest of Iraq War, 7 were arrested • Show me the money, Silver says at L.M.D.C. meeting, calling on agency to support schools, libraries, Chinatown projects, Hudson River Park with remaining funds •

E.P.A. waits for permission to test its own

offices • Planning group discusses retail future of W.T.C. • The British Memorial Garden garden is coming, but some wonder about statue • Green light for Hudson Park

Pataki announces L.M.D.C. will fund park’s Tribeca section • Israeli trauma specialist Dr. Tuvia Peri advises Downtown school guidance counselors • 9/11 families rally for intelligence bill on W.T.C. progress • W.T.C. victim name debate resurfaces with Memorial Foundation creation • New York Disaster Interfaith Services operates grant program for W.T.C. workers’ health • E.P.A. extends period for public on the Draft Proposed Sampling Program • L.M.C.C. announces: over $6 million grants for Downtown’s small arts groups • Baseball to pinups, post-9/11; green •

Downtown baseball artist Andy Jurinko switches subjects

• Majestic’

oaks for memorial: Architects unveil design

adjustments • L.M.D.C. presents Deutsche takedown plan, asks the E.P.A. for monitoring help as some, but not all, praise the plan to dismantle the contaminated building • E.P.A. attempts to clarify role in Deutsche Bank demo

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In 2005, The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation doled out its first round of grants to cultural and community groups. A design was unveiled for what would become known as the W.T.C. Performing Arts Center and a push began to lure cultural groups


Downtown. Charlie Maikish was named Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center director. A heated debate arose on programming content at the Freedom Center, with some 9/11 families protesting the potential political content of future exhibits. Governor Pataki tossed the Freedom Center from W.T.C. plans, claiming that “Freedom should unify us: this center has not.” A report was released that showed that the Lower Manhattan office market was rebounding, and official talks commenced on the design of the 9/11 Museum. Construction began on the new Goldman Sachs headquarters at 200 West St. The 43-story building occupies 2.1 million square feet. Goldman was awarded $1.65 billion in Liberty bonds to cover part of the building’s $2.1 billion cost, in addition to other city subsidies. As the death toll from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan increased, the year’s anniversary of 9/11 was marked by anti-war protestors.

Wils: tunnel extension will push costs to $1 billion • Preservation has improved the W.T.C. development plan • W.T.C. Memorial group’s first meeting • C.B.

1 comments on W.T.C. memorial adjustments

• Damaged landmark Beaux-Arts building, 90 West St., readies to reopen as apartments • Charles Maikish named Downtown building coordinator • W.T.C. memorial for ‘93 victims unveiled • Mayor expected to sign compromise for Park Row • Debate over Downtown money: Weighing W.T.C. construction against other projects • Olive Leaf Wholeness

Center in Gramercy Park area offers spa for people still traumatized by 9/11 • House resolution introduced on W.T.C. memorial plan • Overlooking the site where a father recovered his son’s body, after a three-month search • Park Row buses likely to return next month • West St. tunnel money debate begins • W.T.C. vending law prohibits souvenir sales in Ground Zero area; One year later: Sales still down, vendors

• Lease signed for W.T.C. Tribute Center E.P.A.’s new testing plan has holes, critics say • Work begins on Downtown’s British Memorial Garden • Transportation and W.T.C. site are top priorities • Pataki unveils Downtown spending plan; $1.4 billion in 9/11 aid left to spend • Chinatown included in final pieces of L.M.D.C. spending plan • W.T.C. Cultural Center design unveiled • Trying to move from here to a rebuilt W.T.C. • Kicking up dust over new air testing plan • mad, residents still wary

Struggling to put on a show near Ground Zero: Eric Brown organizes Lower Manhattan Arts Festival and Variety Show to breathe life back into the area • Cultural building

receives good reviews from C.B. 1 • More streets will make the Freedom Tower less secure • ‘Liquid Assets’ outdoor cafe opens across from the W.T.C.

• Photographer Danny Lyon’s new book “The Destruction of Lower Manhattan” shows Downtown before the W.T.C. • Tower of fear, not freedom for some Downtowners • B.P.C. dog run to be named after Sirius, the canine killed on 9/11 • Critics say E.P.A. plan leaves out some workers • “Serving Those Who Serve” offers herbal supplements for 9/11 health problems • Changes for the worse at the Freedom Tower • Art groups back Drawing Center at the W.T.C. site • Racist postcard taped to W.T.C. fence door • c

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Paying respects

For years before the W.T.C. construction site was walled off, people of all ages, such as the boy above, would place flowers, pictures or messages of hope on the fence that surrounded the site.


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Moving the “W.T.C. Cross” from Ground Zero to St. Peters Church

The “W.T.C. Cross,” two steel beams in the shape of a cross, was discovered days after 9/11. It remained on the W.T.C. construction site and served as a symbol of resilience for the workers. It was moved to St. Peters Church on Church Street, where it stayed until 2011 — when it was placed in the future site of the National 9/11 Museum.

Small Downtown arts groups move plans forward with new 9/11 grants •

Freedom requires standing up to 9/11 family leaders


• StoryCorps revisits Ground Zero to record 9/11 tales, oral histories • Do security guards need more training? • One more victim of the World Trade Center’; Slain writer’s battles Downtown and in Iraq • Residents and 9/11 families share common ground • Recalling Berenthia (Berry) Berenson Perkins, one of the thousands killed on 9/11 • 9/11 anniversary events scheduled in Lower Manhattan: “What Comes After: Cities, Art and Recovery”

Summit; Congressional 9/11 Hearing; 9/11 Fourth Anniversary Observance at the World Trade Center Site; “Manhattan Remembers” Sunrise Ceremony in B.P.C.; the September Concerts at B.P.C. • Arabic lessons to begin near Ground Zero at Stuyvesant high school • “Hope for the future” film documents post-9/11 student trauma Downtown • Remembering 2001; honoring the fallen four years later • L.M.C.C. international conference, “What Comes After: Cities, Art and Recovery,” causes anger over politically provocative art exhibit taking place on 9/11 anniversary • Public forum takes input on programming at the future 9/11 museum • 9/11 fourth anniversary ceremonies begin with the sunrise • Small anniversary turnout at firefighters’ museum • Talks begin on W.T.C. Memorial’s museum • A heated debate over photographing New York’s bravest: Exhibits “Photos by New York’s Bravest and Finest” at SoHo Photo and “Photos by Gary Suson” at Ground Zero Museum Workshop coincide with the 4th anniversary • Pataki tosses Freedom Center from W.T.C., says “Freedom should unify us. This center has not.” • Freedom Center decision proves democracy works • More doubts cast on fate of W.T.C. performance space •

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Zero • E.P.A. to change dust plan after rebuke • Slow-moving path to W.T.C. retail


• Resident: Mostly signs of hope looking across the W.T.C. • Update: Getting ready to begin building the W.T.C. memorial • Governor’s Downtown Manager: Downtown progress is real and steady • L.M.D.C.: A ‘better and stronger’ Downtown is being built • C.B. 1: Residents need retail and culture on Downtown’s front burner • Construction Commander: Working to reduce the pain from $20 million worth of construction • Downtown Alliance: New incentives will insure Downtown remains the financial capital • Fiscal Watchdogs: Let the free market and public decide Downtown’s future • Chinatown Partnership: Chinatown begins to build on the unity that came after 9/11

• New report says Downtown office market is rebounding • Downtowners, scientists, Clinton blast E.P.A.’s new testing plan • Open up to closing off Cortlandt St. • Memorial fountains will run dry in winter •

Panel scientists tee off on widely criticized E.P.A. plan • Arts community reflects on cultural loss at the W.T.C. • British

architect returns to W.T.C. to design new Church St. tower •

Mayor’s redevelopment

Volunteer Simone Cornu puts post-9/11 disaster training into practice •


threatens W.T.C.

TriBattery Pops march across West St.

Protestors of the Iraq war demonstrate in front of the Millennium Hilton Hotel in Lower Manhattan on the fourth anniversary of 9/11 — an annual ritual that has lasted throughout the years.

Battery Park City resident Tom Goodkind leading his musical ensemble, the TriBattery Pops, across West St. in 2005. West Street and the pedestrian bridges were a topic of debate in the community then, and remain a contentious issue today.


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Ten years later, we are proud to commemorate the fortitude of the world’s greatest neighborhood on one of the world’s darkest days. We’re still here, and it’s because you are too. So here’s to standing together, indivisible, with liberty and another round for all

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Five years after 9/11 Lower Manhattan seemed in limbo. Newly elected Gov. Eliot Spitzer, after making a huge mark on Lower Manhattan as the state’s Attorney General and shaking up, or down, Wall Street, made little to no mark in regard to the rebuilding

of the World Trade Center site. A few signs of life materialized when a new Starbucks opened on Carlisle Street and Merchants NY opened in Battery Park City. But the recovery money was still sluggish in reaching small businesses and arts groups. The Drawing Center starting feeling the same political heat that sunk The Freedom Center the previous year, and looked to move to the Seaport from the W.T.C. Larry Silverstein’s 7 W.T.C. was named the city’s best new building by the Municipal Art Society, but his complete control of rebuilding the entire W.T.C. site was taken away as The Port Authority was named developer of Tower Five. Frank Sciame was asked to “value engineer” the burgeoning costs of the W.T.C. Memorial and recommended a vast scaling back of costs and amenities to get the Memorial back in line with its original $500 million price tag. Alice Greenwald was tapped to run the W.T.C. Memorial Museum. President Bush returned to Ground Zero to mark the fifth anniversary and was greeted by as many protesters as supporters.

Five years later, still shedding tears

A passerby breaks down into tears as he peers through the cracks of the barricade surrounding Ground Zero. For some, the site was as emotionally provoking in 2006 as it was in 2001.

• Port and city take the Cortlandt St. retail fight to C.B. 1 • Some in Battery Park City worry about closing pedestrian bridges for West St. construction • 4.65 billion reasons why I should rebuild, Silverstein says; Bloomberg and P.A. wonder, should Silverstein be the one to rebuild the whole W.T.C.? • Officials reverse stream on 9/11 Memorial waterfalls, find a way to run them year-round • Work to demolish damaged Fiterman Hall may actually begin • Washington-Carlisle St. Starbucks and Merchant’s NY cafe: A few signs of new life as Downtown businesses struggle • More than 100 Downtown arts groups make their case for L.M.D.C. dough • Call for W.T.C. health czar to oversee treatment for first responders Drawing Center sketches its future; after criticism from 9/11 families, center looks to move from W.T.C. to Seaport


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A cause to stop, pause and reflect on what was and what will be

In 2006 the portions of the World Trade Center site were still visible through an iron grate. This NYPD officer stopped to pause; in the background the “W.T.C. Cross,” two steel beams discovered in the rubble after the attacks, is visible. The “W.T.C. Cross” was moved in 2011 into the future space of the National Sept. 11 Museum.

• Architect James Carpenter brings light to Downtown buildings, plans lighting for base of Seven W.T.C. • Holocaust Memorial Director Alice M. Greenwald to run W.T.C. Memorial Museum • Federal judge ‘shocked’ by E.P.A. statements that post-9 11 Lower Manhattan was safe • Movers and shakers say retail is moving Downtown • Independent agency should referee Silverstein-Bloomberg W.T.C. dispute, Stringer says • C.B. 1 lashes out at state bill to move 9/11 material from Fresh Kills landfill • E.P.A. skips out on City Council hearing to discuss 9/11 cleanup plan • An underground memorial loses some of its upside: Changing directions in the 9/11 Memorial design • Arts groups cash in on L.M.D.C. cash • Day of bravado and finger-pointing after Silverstein-Port W.T.C. talks break down • Community activists still press the 9/11 environmental fight • Despite protests by 9/11 families to preserve more Twin Tower bedrock, W.T.C. memorial construction work begins • Tribute 9 11 Visitors Center seeks W.T.C. photos • W.T.C. fight buried briefly as Municipal Art Society awards three Downtown projects: Seven W.T.C. is best new building • E.P.A. says ‘no’ again to Deutsche Bank demolition plan • Downtown groups look to continue 9/11 Memorial construction, oppose 9/11 families’ lawsuit • More E.P.A. concerns, more Deutsche Bank demolition delays • Downtown family objects to 9/11 footage on children’s show • With W.T.C. deal: Silverstein takes W.T.C. Two, Three, Four; Port takes Tower Five, delays retail construction • Nadler blasts J.F.K. rail link, W.T.C. cleanup: says Downtowners are being ‘poisoned’ • Ready or not, 9/11’s ‘United 93’ arrives in theaters: British writer-director Paul Greengrass recreates hijacked flight • School cell phone ban raises ire of parents near the W.T.C. • Deutsche Bank demolition demonstration draws attention

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/11 Memorial pedestrians


won’t be stalled, officials say: Pedestrian circulation study has good findings • Frank Sciame, Kevin Rampe tapped for new W.T.C. roles

• One opening, one

bombshell at the W.T.C.; two days in the life of the W.T.C. • As Seven W.T.C. opens, insurance companies delay funds for further construction • The man behind life’s joy: Mark di Suvero has created 70-foot sculpture for reopening of Liberty Plaza Park as Zucotti Park • River-to-River Festival returns with a bang • Sciame hints at cuts to the W.T.C. memorial; 9/11 names will move, museum may stay • Residents’ 9/11 health funds running out, but W.T.C. Registry health survey continues • Deutsche Bank demolition delayed; Silverstein gets more bonds many, cost questions remain

• 9/11 Memorial cuts please

• For these characters, it’s not a wonderful life: “The

Great New Wonderful” directed by Danny Leiner, is about New Yorkers coping

David Childs’s design of Freedom Tower’s base and plaza • Construction

with 9/11

• Architect

workers, union leaders, pols rally to demand insurance funds for timely W.T.C.

President journeys to L.E.S. for 5th anniversary of 9/11

First lady Laura Bush and then-U.S. president George W. Bush President Bush bow their heads in prayer at the Pitt St. firehouse on the Lower East Side on Sept. 11, 2006.

• New delay for Fiterman: demolition bids disregard environmental standards • NY Waterway to pay back $1.2 million in 9/11 billing dispute • City seeks to take over W.T.C. arts center project • Shifting dollars, debatable legacy as L.M.D.C. approaches its final days • Menin says Port is interested in building a W.T.C. middle school • Downtowners in the street give mixed marks to L.M.D.C. • Manhattan Youth group forum would see if kids are all right five years later • Small merchants say 9/11 rebuilding is plowing them under • Images of 9/11, five years later: “Here: Remembering 9/11” photo exhibit by professionals and amateurs to be permanent part of W.T.C. Memorial • Tribute W.T.C. Visitor Center to open on anniversary with galleries, gift shop, ‘full experience’ of both former W.T.C. and 9/11 • Moving on, despite the pull of the past, at “Here: Remembering 9/11,” the first public show of the W.T.C. Memorial Museum • Silverstein pledges environmentally-friendly W.T.C. construction • 9/11 demonstrators demand better health care for rescue workers and area residents • At preview opening, an emotional first look at Tribute W.T.C. Visitor Center • In ABC mini-series “Path to 9/11,” everyone is to blame • Bringing the 9/11 Commission Report to life: T.V. series traces the “Path to 9/11” in under five hours • Anne Nelson’s 2001 play ‘The Guys’ is remounted for Sept. 11’s fifth anniversary • New designers on the block: W.T.C. architects talk up designs for Church St. shopping • Bush, grannies, families find their way to mark 9/11, commemorating and demonstrating five years later • L.M.D.C. shakes budget, finds $200 million • Stefan Pryor, L.M.D.C.’s first hire, reflects on final days • Picturing loss: Seven W.T.C. exhibit “9/11 and the American Landscape: Photographs by Jonathan Hyman” commemorates country’s grief • E.P.A.: Shroud should come down!; agency ready to approve Deutsche Bank demolition • Fiterman takedown still in limbo • Clinton, Kennedy call for hearings on 9/11 bill to provide health money for affected workers and residents • Air quality control: Participants check for pollutants in Brooke Singer’s public art project • 9/11 Memorial run honors firefighter Stephen Siller, killed on 9/11 • No plan for W.T.C. tour buses in the early years • W.T.C. Memorial Foundation gets children’s 9/11 art from all over country • B.M.C.C. hopes Fiterman demolition will begin in 2007 • W.T.C. Memorial Foundation: Raising the money while we build the 9/11 memorial • C.B. 1: Cultural building shouldn’t be delayed any longer • Family member: Will the city do a better search for human remains this time? • W.T.C. workers’ forum to address injuries sustained by first responders • Port holds public hearing on W.T.C. Vehicle Security Center • W.T.C. remains search splits community board • Intrepid aircraft carrier swings Downtown to unfurl stars and stripes near the W.T.C. • Visitors invited to tell stories, make their marks on Freedom Tower’s beam construction


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In 2007 the 9/11 health fund debate started to heat up, with first responders pressing the issue and receiving support from Mayor Bloomberg, Community Board 1, and Congressional leaders. Four years later, what become a huge mobilization of New York’s political leaders and 9/11 health advocates would result in the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The Police Department studied the Park Row closure, which has had a devastating effect on Chinatown’s businesses, but nothing came of it. City Hall’s north section finally opened. The Port Authority’s construction activity ramped up to around the clock, and W.T.C. construction noise arose as an issue. In May, a 22’ section of pipe fell down 35 stories from the Deutsche Bank building undergoing demolition, injuring two firefights at the firehouse below. And in August, a seven alarm fire broke out on the 18th floor of the building, burning well into the night, and eventually killing two firefighters, Joseph Graffagnino and Robert Beddia, who had become trapped in a nightmarish maze of blocked exits and plastic sheeting.

Working ‘round the clock, above and below ground

As the Port Authority extended construction hours at the W.T.C. site in order to try and meet target dates, neighbors complained of ‘round-the-clock noise.

Nadler would cut Iraq war money; says 9/11 dough should flow • 9/11 care at Bellevue Hospital for residents who can’t cough up cash • City Council and community blast E.P.A. cleanup plan • Cop Cesar Borja’s death and Clinton draw more attention to 9/11 health concerns •

C.B. 1 sides with 9/11 families on search for human remains • Down payment or chump change? Bush’s

pledge of $25 million in 9/11 health care funds hailed and assailed • 9/11 workers’ struggle to get workers’ comp • First-person

stories form heart of tours

around the W.T.C. • Bloomberg joins fight for residents’ 9/11 health care • Community balks at plan to place W.T.C. stairs on site of new Battery Park City school • Downsizing of P.A.C. draws questions, concern and hope • City speeds up P.A.C. plan under Port pressure • Look out below! Billions’ worth of building down at the W.T.C. • Downtown parent Anthony Shorris in charge of W.T.C redevelopment as Port’s executive director • Royal visit: King Albert II of Belgium at the W.T.C. • 9/11 opera: A musical reconciliation of 9/11 conceived from Wickham Boyle’s newspaper columns • German cyclist Robert Diener rides cross-country to raise awareness of 9/11 victims’ children • 9/11 dog handler indicted for bilking F.E.MA., Red Cross • Some families demand 9/11 ceremony at W.T.C., despite construction • Police study on Park Row changes, street’s closure remains • Early warnings of the Deutsche Bank fire that killed firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino: what led to their deaths? • Port’s W.T.C. work may go c

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‘round the clock • 9/11 ceremony plans include more street closings • New Yorkers


reflect on 9/11 photo, video and object exhibit, “Here is New York: remembering 9/11”

Pelosi backs 9/11 health bill • Presidential

candidate John Edwards impresses Downtown crowd with counter-terrorism

• Anthrax scare sets off false terror alarm on Sept. 11 • Silverstein unveils new W.T.C. tower details • City expands 9/11 health program for residents and workers • City hires 9/11 pediatrician; W.T.C. construction hours expand • Chinatown looks for roadblock to city’s new Park Row plans • 9/11 health support from presidential candidate Mike Gravel • Bottom line for 9/11 nonprofits: We need help • With fundraising nearly done, we’re building the 9/11 Memorial • Work at the W.T.C., PATH station construction underway • The 9/11 syndrome of playing the victim • W.T.C. neighbors express their frustration over construction noise • E.P.A. plan

hasn’t eliminated lead contamination from Downtown, critics say • 9/11: the new pulse of Lower Manhattan artists • “I am

Legend” movie conjures up 9/11 fears again • Anger grows as Port races to meet deadline, work goes on 24/7 •

PATH hub date pushed back a year, not to open until 2011

Firefighters killed in 130 Liberty St. blaze

Robert Beddia, 53, of Staten Island and Joseph Graffagnino, 33, of Brooklyn, were killed by an Aug. 18, 2007 fire at the former Deutsche Bank tower. They were both pronounced dead at Downtown Hospital after suffering from cardiac arrest.

At the W.T.C. construction site, workin’ their fingers to the bone

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In 2008 Chris Ward was appointed Executive Director of the Port Authority by Governor Paterson, analyzed the construction and development timelines, and set the Port’s W.T.C. construction schedule on a more realistic and solid path. J.P Morgan halted its plan for a W.T.C. trading floor in a future Tower 5, a victim of the fast approaching financial crisis. The last temporary PATH station opened at the W.T.C. and the demolition of Fiterman Hall finally started after seven years of paralysis; the City agreed to finance $139 million of the $325 million cost of the new facility. Deutsche demolition continued in fits and starts after the disastrous 2007 fire and Mayor Bloomberg talked again about closing the L.M.D.C. The presidential candidates were silent on the 9/11 health bill. The struggle between the Port Authority and Silverstein Properties over building delays and financing heated up.

Port misses eastern bathtub excavation deadline, says “worst” construction noise is almost over • Port

hears the shouts over construction noise: Local residents are cautiously optimistic about Port’s new anti-noise plan • 9/11 Memorial Museum seeks residents’ artifacts • 9/11 Museum moves opening to 2011, will use the extra time to plan • W.T.C. construction pieces begin to take shape: New PATH Entrance, Survivors’ stairway, Tower Sites, Freedom Tower, Atmosphere • E.P.A. says it waited five months for Deutsche Bank demolition plan • 9/11 health cuts may • Bush cuts residents, others out of 9/11 health budget • Moody’s Corporation rebuilds damaged ‘Credit’ sculpture at 7 W.T.C. • Deutsche Bank decontamination approved, demolition plan still not ready • CUNY hopes Fiterman demolition will begin this year • L.M.D.C. hopes Deutsche Bank demolition can resume late this year • $5 million in L.M.D.C. grants ready for stores hurt by Downtown construction • In Beth Murphy’s film, “Beyond Belief,” two 9/11 widows lend support to women in Kabul • In what turns out to be his last hurrah, Spitzer offers advice to Downtown businesses • 9/11 Survivors staircase endures a temporary move • Wrestling with Bear Stearns, JPMorgan halts plans for W.T.C. trading floor building • 9/11 search-and-rescue dogs seem healthy • Tribute W.T.C. Visitor keep coming, advocates warn


An entrance and exit ramp like no other; reserved for family only

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During the 2008 anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, family members who lost loved ones were allowed to walk down a ramp into Ground Zero. This anniversary will be a totally different experience, as the National 9/11 Memorial will make the walk down the ramp obsolete.


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Center asks, “What’s different since 9/11?,” seeks poetry submissions

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• New


tricks for old commuters: Last temporary PATH entrance opens at W.T.C. • 9/11 Museum exhibits go online • Activists organize 9/11 health forum at B.M.C.C. • West St. work will temporarily close Rector bridge, again • P.A.C. is “forgotten stepchild,” critics charge • Port reports on W.T.C. progress • Pope Benedict blesses the W.T.C.

• Residents eligible for 9/11 mental health payments from city Health Dept.

• E.P.A.

shrugs at contamination findings, saying it’s ‘no surprise’ • Feds block 9/11 health care money

for residents, seek additional data first • Silver:

City puts new Fiterman building in doubt, B.M.C.C. lacks funds to rebuild • Settling

community lawsuit but not all issues on Park Row: City pledges to reduce impact of closure on area residents • Marines,

F.D.N.Y. hold Memorial Day run to the W.T.C., to remember • Deutsche Bank demolition on hold, but contractor discusses cranes, safety and morale • At Bellevue Hospital’s W.T.C. Environmental Health Center, city treats children for possible 9/11 ailments • L.M.D.C. money promised to Downtown schools sits out another school year • B.M.C.C. fights for Fiterman funds at City Hall hearing • L.M.D.C. head Avi Schick blames C.B. 1

Downtown reacts as Port throws out W.T.C. rebuilding deadlines •

for some Deutsche Bank delays •

Chris Ward says he’s no Moses, but despite schedule delays, promised land is in sight

• Asbestos work outside Fiterman prompts surprise and explanation • Deutsche Bank fire one year later: Victims’ families still waiting for answers as they grieve • Push for better buildings safety at Deutsche Bank and beyond • Fire Department Work continues on most W.T.C. projects

Report details Deutsche Bank firefighters’ last fatal hour • A PATH hub in 2016?: Wait for W.T.C. train station may be at least eight years • Residents file new suit on Park Row plans, spurred by emergency center proposition

• Signing W.T.C. memorial beam, for this year’s 9/11

anniversary, Flags with victim’s names on display in Battery Park • Bloomberg takes new stab at closing L.M.D.C. • Port slows

Roses and remorse mark anniversary

A grieving family member tosses a rose into a makeshift memorial pool during the 2008 anniversary of 9/11.

down W.T.C. work to accomodate nearby residents • City blasts CUNY for its threat

• 9/11 Memorial and Museum group pilots national educational program at Millennium High School • Five-million-dollar city campaign publicizes free 9/11 health program • Reflecting with Downtown on 9/11•08 • As Wall St. shakes, it recalls the last business fallout: Tribute Center opens new exhibit on post-9/11 business recovery • Governor prioritizes Calatrava station above W.T.C. towers • Port: W.T.C. towers will weather shaky financial storm • L.M.D.C. announces schools grant program • Presidential candidates silent on 9/11 Health and Compensation Act bill • Palin expresses 9/11 health concerns • Six-story flag unfurled on every 9/11 anniversary • Port’s W.T.C. Office of Program Logistics to tackle neighbors’ noise concerns • Obama backs 9/11 health bill • Port expects W.T.C. Memorial plaza to open in 2012 • In “Performing Tribute,” personal 9/11 accounts shared by survivors • Port looks to make W.T.C. site more community-friendly, give public tour to hear out to delay Fiterman demolition


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A meeting of the Mayors In 2008 Mayor Michael Bloomberg exchanged words with former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani at that year’s 9/11 commemoration event in Zuccotti Park.

concerns • Fiterman

demolition in sight as city ends money fight, agreeing to pay a share •


City to dress up the W.T.C. site with info on progress for the rest of construction • Looking to build green at the W.T.C., all office

• Bloomberg, Silver have laugh as city pays up for Fiterman • Port: We’ll be “better neighbors” as we rebuild W.T.C. • Working to open 9/11 Memorial as soon as we can • Silverstein: Downtown will rise again, it always does • Downtown Alliance: Getting back to business with art and trains • Tribute Center: There IS something open at the W.T.C. • C.B. 1: two schools aren’t enough to match Downtown’s growth • Careful with the art: Louise Nevelson’s “Shadows and Flags” sculpture, covered with soot after 9/11, is removed for cleaning • Mother of United flight 175 victim reunited with son’s remains after seven-year bureaucratic snag • Silverstein exec is ‘frustrated’ with Port’s W.T.C. progress • Insurers chip in funds for Deutsche Bank demo • A new day for Dey St. as it reopens after PATH construction • City pushes Chatham Sq. plan for permanent Park Row closure, despite shouts from Chinatown • Bloomberg and Silverstein chummy as German bank, WestLB, inks Seven W.T.C. deal • C.B. 1: Deutsche Bank could learn demo lessons from Fiterman • C.B. 1 backs Chinatown’s opposition to Chatham Sq. plan • Arbitrator panel rules Port owes Silverstein millions for Tower Four misconduct • C.B. Board 3 opposes Chatham Sq. plan • South Ferry station almost ready to open • W.T.C. worker has minor injuries after falling four feet from crane towers aim for LEED-Gold certification

Differences aside

The two candidates for President of the United States in 2008, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama, both attended the 9/11 anniversary ceremony at Ground Zero.


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The economic downtown was another blow to small businesses in 2009 and the Port Authority’s Executive director, Chris Ward, acknowledged it could alter the timeline for the World Trade Center site. But it was a tussle between the Port and Larry Silverstein that slowed activity at the site, as well as more negligence illustrated by a crane dangling from the W.T.C. site out above the street. Ultimately the two parties would reach an agreement and new target dates were set. Newly elected President Obama did give residents some hope, as he vowed “never to forget” those with 9/11-related illnesses. He would eventually make good on that promise by signing into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Healthcare Act a little over a year later.

Explaining W.T.C. progress to tourists at the Tribute W.T.C. Visitor Center • W.T.C. ramp to ‘footprints’ becomes history as construction progresses • Port’s Chris Ward says recession could change W.T.C. timeline •

Ground zero construction work to get more city

review • Port moves toward opening 9/11 Memorial in 2011 • Silver says L.E.S. business are still hurting from 9/11 • Obama says he’ll ‘never forget’ those sick from 9/11 • Work stops after construction negligence: W.T.C. crane dangles over street • Economic downturn is second body blow to businesses recovering from 9/11 • Bustle and delay at the W.T.C. construction site • Former W.T.C. elevator

W.T.C. faces decades of delay; Silverstein blasts Port • Ward fires back at Silverstein in W.T.C. fight • Port reports short-term W.T.C. progress • Fed up with W.T.C. delays, Silver says, build third tower now • Obama to delegate $70 million to 9/11 health in 2010 • W.T.C. Memorial worker injured in fall • Ups and downs of the W.T.C. construction negotiations to come • Demos for last two 9/11-damaged buildings approved • It was just an emergency drill, but the fear was real at the W.T.C./PATH station • W.T.C. talks focus on towers and money, not retail podiums • Work on W.T.C. Four continues despite impasses • Silverstein Executive Janno Lieber motor that helped save thousands will go into 9/11 museum •


Shining a light on progress, even amidst an economic downturn

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The recession that gripped the country in 2009 did not bring the construction at the World Trade Center site to a halt. Though timelines did have to be altered, developers Silverstein Properties and the Port Authority made sure progress would continue.


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Rosie the Riveter redux: Women work it at W.T.C. construction site • Street work could delay

9/11 Memorial’s 2011 opening, official Joe Daniels warns

Lower Manhattan

• Two dozen of the big ones: 24 massive columns installed in Freedom Tower construction • Construction Command Center report supports Silverstein in W.T.C. dispute

Port finished with eastern W.T.C. excavations, says clock on Silverstein will start this week • Vendors beware: Official W.T.C. souvenirs for sale at new 9/11 Memorial Preview Site • The ‘A’ List; memorial at the NYC Fire Museum • 9/11 Museum unveils new details • Manhattan Youth marks eighth anniversary with quiet ceremony • L.E.S. ‘beach pier’ won’t see W.T.C. steel storage • Queens imam — an alleged terrorist — loves U.S., says radical attorney Kuby • Thompson says, open

Bloomberg says his powers are limited at the W.T.C. • City raises

Park Row and consult neighboring community

doubts about moving W.T.C. Performing Arts Center • Silverstein breaks the silence

in W.T.C. dispute

• The money fight at the W.T.C.; Release of W.T.C. construction

target dates • U.S.S.

Cranes, cranes everywhere

As construction picked up pace at the W.T.C. site, more and more cranes became visible to passersby. In a way, seeing all of the cranes was a signal that progress was being made.

New York warship, built from W.T.C. steel, pays her respects • Rain and filters clean Downtown air since 2006, says L.M.C.C.C. • Port may consider early ban on W.T.C. tour buses • Downtown people and pols have mixed feelings on hosting 9/11 terror trials • One more 9/11 blight to go: 9/11-damaged Fiterman Hall is down • Silverstein makes W.T.C. bonds application to finance more building • Entrance to Liberty St. pedestrian bridge moved until 9/11 memorial plaza is finished • Chinatown activists press fight to move 9/11 terror trials

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As 2010 got underway the question on everyone’s mind was exactly where the terror trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed would be held. Lower Manhattan residents were adamant that it should not be held in their neighborhood. Julie Menin and Community Board 1 floated the idea of holding the trial on Governors Island, an idea Mayor Bloomberg

called “dumb.” But United States Attorney General Eric Holder stopped short of promising that it would not be held in Manhattan. After a new deal was struck between Larry Silverstein and the Port Authority, work at the W.T.C. site seemed to pick up pace and one of the biggest moments for many in the neighborhood was when Tower One became visible above the fence that had blocked it from view for so long. Another sign of life returning to the site was in early September when 14 trees were delivered and planted on the site of the memorial. But what dominated much of the national news cycle as well as the local news around the 9th anniversary was the announcement of a proposed Islamic community center on Park Place. Branded the “Ground Zero Mosque,” Community Board 1 took a bold stance on the project and after holding a monthly meeting that required Chair Julie Menin to call in the NYPD to keep the peace, the board supported the project, now known as Park51. The Zadroga bill received final Congressional approval on December 22, 2010, and was signed into law by President Obama on January 2, 2011.

Deutsche Bank demolition gets another violation: Steel-cutting torches were near fuel tank • Survey finds Lower Manhattan Development Corporation small business program underpublicized • Silverstein claiming victory, too, in W.T.C. dispute with Port • Bloomberg: Move terror trials out of Lower Manhattan, but Gov. Island idea is ‘dumb’ • W.T.C. decision sends Silverstein and P.A. back to the table to negotiate a building schedule • Downtown 9/11 terror trial site dying, but not yet dead • Lower Manhattan Development Corp. demands staff changes at Deutsche Bank contractor after litany of safety violations • Rising steel at the W.T.C.: One W.T.C. to be finished in 2013 • Senate passes resolution • Sparks fly as Deutsche Bank work is stopped by an electrical fire • W.T.C. noise escalates again with PATH excavation • L.M.D.C. blasts Deutsche Bank demolition lawsuit; celebrates $100 million settlement • What Deutsche Bank insurers giveth, Bovis tries to taketh away • Port approves $542 million contract for PATH train hub • Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center likely to stay after 2010 • National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum holds speaker series: “9/11, Today and Tomorrow,” to examine continuing 9/11 impact on everything from security to culture • W.T.C. construction worker injured after 14-foot fall • Few W.T.C. tour bus ideas, even more problems • Contractor Bovis adds extra shift to 130 Liberty, hopes to finish Deutsche Bank demo by year’s end • 9/11 heath bill passes House of Representatives panel • More W.T.C. risk for Silverstein, but bigger potential payday as developer looks to pre-lease retail space in Tower 3 • How to spend the rest of the 9/11 funds: Infrastructure is needed to accommodate the growing population • Work at the W.T.C.: Some of the Memorial plaza will open on tenth anniversary of 9/11 • L.M.C.C.C. helping solve problems in the largest construction program in the city’s history • Long before it’s a done deal, a debate on Silverstein’s pre-leasing agreement • “Project Rebirth,” Jim Whitaker’s new documentary chronicling the lives of ten people affected by 9/11 • Push to use $150 million in opposing plan to hold the 9/11 terrorist trials in NYC; Squadron opposed resolution on tribunal issue


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Trees bring life back to Ground Zero

Around 400 swamp white oak trees were carefully pruned and prepped for delivery to the National Sept. 11 Memorial at this very nursery in Millstone Township, N.J. Starting in the early morning of Aug. 27, 2010, a small team of arborists loaded the 21,000-pound trees onto large trucks, two per truck, to make the 90-minute drive into Lower Manhattan. They worked 26 hours straight amid hot daytime temperatures — encasing each tree in tarp, tying them up and positioning them on the flatbed trucks. The workers then placed barrels of hay on the trucks to lessen the vibrations during the journey to Manhattan. Loading each tree took roughly 30 minutes. In the eyes of many, the trees symbolize rejuvenation of the World Trade Center. “All we think about when we see [Ground Zero] is death and destruction. To me, it means that we bring life back to that horrible, horrible, tragic site,” said Ronaldo Vega, design director for the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum.


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leftover money for W.T.C. Performing Arts Center • W.T.C.

work less than liberating for many walkers: Liberty St. bridge moved to accommodate construction • L.M.D.C. says city is sitting on


• Cordoba Initiative, a possible new neighbor to W.T.C., hopes to build on good faith • Squadron supports Cordoba House move; C.B. need not approve • City is passing the L.M.D.C. bucks, yet again • C.B. 1 supports Cordoba millions for Downtown recovery and doing nothing

move Downtown amidst zoo of a meeting

• Local pols push 9/11 health care bill through committee to House of Rep. floor •

Downtown Alliance survey says Downtown population is swelling • Local pols push for Park Row re-opening • First responders officially honored after nine years with W.T.C. responder day crowd, opposition says it is only the beginning

• Cordoba House protest draws

• Hotel’s view in the eye

of the beholder: World Center hotel on Washington St. has bird’s eye view of Ground Zero • Contrary to popular opinion, Muslims

and mosques okay in Downtown • For C.B. 1, Cordoba issue in the past, wants to move on • Deutsche Bank building is almost down, but trouble is only beginning • NYC

Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing on Cordoba site takes angry turn; decision will come at summer’s end

Thanksgiving at the W.T.C. construction site

The Friday before Thanksgiving 2010, approximately 500 World Trade Center construction workers scarfed down turkey subs, angus hamburgers and hot dogs supplied by Big Daddies caterers. The workers took a well-deserved break to enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving dinner arranged by developer Larry Silverstein on the ground floor of 4 W.T.C. Interspersed throughout the male-dominated crowd were actual fathers, sons and cousins who all partake in the family construction business. The families felt proud to be a part of such a momentous project. “I had goose bumps, being on a site like this,” said Antonio Rodrigues Sr., sitting next to his nephew, Antonio Rodrigues, Jr. “There’s an amazing amount of people around every day… so you know you’re part of something big.”

• Ground Zero construction is moving along as planned • New Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Pres. Sam Miller has a passion for the arts • Uncovering the past — a 30foot ship — while building for the future • Ferries may provide solution to tour bus dilemma when 9/11 memorial opens • 9/11 health bill flops; Zadroga fails to pass House • C.B. 1 asks L.M.D.C. for more transparency on 130 Liberty Deutsche Bank demolition • Tribute W.T.C. Visitor center begins recruiting volunteers for tenth anniversary commemoration • Park51 debate continues with lawsuit, Con Ed and M.T.A. • Durst Org. wins bid to develop One W.T.C. • Imam Rauf has had no talks with Gov. Paterson about moving Cordoba • Paterson and POTUS create media firestorm after Park51 comments; local pols react • Week of protests, media appearances stir Park51 debate • W.T.C. site has new life; first trees are planted at 9/11 Memorial • Port, Silverstein seal deal on towers Two, Three and Four • A conversation with Larry Silverstein on W.T.C. progress, his relationship with the P.A., the future of Lower Manhattan’s real estate market • One press release better than 50: More than 50 citywide and national organizations form an umbrella coalition supporting Park51 • Muslim Cabbie stabbed • Personalities emerge in front of Park51 site, some to oppose and some to support • Rally around the country for Zadroga legislation • Unique exhibit of Aggie Kenny’s drawings sheds new light on 9/11 first responders • A peaceful vigil on the eve of 9/11 by Park51 supporters • 9/11 9th anniversary: Sacred day for many is marred by “Ground Zero mosque” protests • Annual 9/11 Manhattan Youth event invites adults, families, children to share feelings, offers perspective for all • C.B. 1 asks L.M.D.C. to hone in on W.T.C. Performing Arts Center • Glassbead collective provided inspirational light show on Park51 façade: “unity” and “equality” projected in a dozen languages • Protester and Reverend debate Park51 on Lower Manhattan streets Saturday • Park51 Imam Rauf returns home, addresses controversy • Holland Tunnel traffic to swell; D.O.T. readying for 9/11•11 • Zadroga bill one step closer to law, moves to Senate • “Society for Truth and Justice” group emerges to denounce Park51• Park51 releases new architectural design • Greening Ground Zero: 50 of 400 trees have been planted • Park51 or not, there will be a mosque on Park Place • Ten-month countdown until 9/11 Memorial opens • Deutsche Bank demolition delayed due to crane issues • Intense lobbying for Zadroga: it’s now or never • G.O.P. Senators block debate on 9/11 health bill • Summer’s protests positive for Cordoba and Imam Rauf • On a mission to make room for everyone: Homeless men at NYC Rescue Mission became 9/11 first responders; nine years later, mission calls on community • G.O.P.’s move to block 9/11 bill angers NY pols • Attack on Imam Rauf sparks interfaith events • Local pols praise Zadroga’s passage • How the Zadroga miracle happened • FealGood Foundation goes to Washington to lobby Zadroga on heroes’ behalf • One survivor from 9/11 returns home, for good: 9/11 “survivor tree” is planted on memorial plaza • Mayor’s office had behind-the-scenes role in Park51


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Just days into 2011, President Obama signed into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Healthcare Act while on vacation in Hawaii. Immediately Lower Manhattan residents that fought to get the bill passed started another fight to make sure the law covered certain illnesses, like cancer and P.T.S.D., and to make sure that the geographic boundary lines for those who could apply for compensation were expanded.

The Deutsche Bank building’s tortured demolition was finally complete to ground level in January, with the basement deconstructed in February. The Port Authority is presently constructing the Vehicle Security Center at the site. On Sun., May 2, President Obama interrupted the television airwaves and announced that a covert mission had succeeded in locating and killing Osama bin Laden. Even though he did not make the announcement until almost midnight, throngs of people left their homes and headed to Ground Zero to mark the event. It was also a year that saw One W.T.C. rise even higher -- it is now at 81 stories -- and also attract media giant Conde Nast to sign a lease occupying a third of the building’s office space. Getting the Memorial ready for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and planning the ceremony, was all parties’ singular focus these last several months, not without some bumps and bruised political egos. On Saturday, Sept. 10, Community Board 1 is organizing Hand in Hand —Remembering 9/11, which will commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Thousands of people will grasp hands to form a human chain along the waterfront from the tip of Lower Manhattan heading north.

FealGood Foundation to help 9/11 victims find lawyers for federal compensation • Science and the city at Seven W.T.C.: NY Academy of Sciences headquarters reside on the 40th floor •

Deutsche Bank building almost down •

9/11 responder Timothy Brown hopes to halt Park51 construction • National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum app brings 9/11 voices to life and to your phone • Demolition of Deutsche Bank building brings fate of L.M.D.C. to fore • New study by city Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene proves 9/11-related post-traumatic stress can linger for years •

9/11 memorial’s new interactive timeline provides a detailed account of 9/11 • Pols, govt. aim to clarify 9/11 health bill • Working on the weekend at One W.T.C; 58 floors of framing have been completed • 9/11 victims receive legal advice on compensation rights to be granted by Zadroga law • 9/11 ad pulled after insulting NY firefighter • Pols: Stop Downtown tour bus

Bin Laden’s death, Obama’s visit brings crowds to Ground Zero • Digital guide will help families and friends quickly locate loved invasion with remote parking incentives •

ones’ names at 9/11 Memorial plaza • New safety procedures implemented after iron rod falls 13 floors; third W.T.C. health survey to be distributed in

Former P.S. 150 student premiers 9/11 film, ‘The Second Day’ • C.B. 1 frustrated with L.M.D.C.: Agency doesn’t provide full disclosure of programs and finances • Lower floors of One W.T.C. require façade makeover • Crossing Vesey St. August •

remains problematic for pedestrians • Dr. John Howard to return as W.T.C. health program director •

Condé Nast signs lease at

One W.T.C. • 9/11 families protest future repository placement Steadily rising

One World Trade Center, which is steadily going up one floor per ­week, is now more than 80 stories high. Once completed in mid-to-late 2013, it is poised to become the tallest tower in North America at 1776 feet — a symbolic reference to America’s signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

next to Memorial Museum • Downtown residents seek recognition on 10th anniversary of 9/11; C.B. 1 members ask to be part of the family ceremony • Finalizing the plans for 9/11 Memorial plaza; Memorial Museum might charge


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POTUS takes victory lap On Thurs., May 5 President Barack Obama visited Ground Zero for the first time since being elected president, drawing hundreds of residents, tourists and journalists to Lower Manhattan eager to catch a glimpse of the Commander-in-Chief. Ground Zero was one of several stops Obama made in New York that day to commemorate the victims of 9/11 in light of Osama bin Laden’s death the weekend prior. While the tenor of the Ground Zero ceremony was solemn, as the President placed a colorful wreath of flowers at the base of the survivor tree on Memorial Plaza and proceeded to pay his respects to 9/11 family members, the scene on Church St. was jubilant and chaotic.

• 9/11

health bill’s Victim Compensation Fund draft regs are released • 9/11 family groups hope to reopen Deutsche Bank case • Artist Muriel Stockdale’s 9/11 flag symbolizes diversity • Zadroga


Act V.C.F. boundaries debated • C.B.1’s ‘Hands across Lower Manhattan,’ 9/11

Ribbon-cutting symbolizes 9/11 survivor’s resilience: Zadroga Act treatment funds are released • 9/11 survivors excluded from 10th anniversary commemoration • The Zadroga question: to pay or not to pay for legal services • Review of cancer alarms many: fed. denies treatment and compensation to 9/11 cancer patients • Pols identify need for better first responder community event, taking shape •

communication during crises: New law aims to establish nationwide network

City Department of Transportation’s tour bus plan for 9/11 Memorial opening is set • Forum focuses on post-9/11 prejudice • One W.T.C.’s many •

Downtown residents mixed on whether to stay or go for 9/11 10th anniversary

meanings; some visible and some not •

Tower finally gone

The demolition of the former Deutsche Bank tower at 130 Liberty Street was finally completed days after this photo was taken on Jan. 10, 2011. The tower, which was heavily damaged on Sept. 11, 2001, required careful demolition that involved a systematic decontamination and dismantling of each of the floors.


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SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 Joseph Amatuccio

Officer David P. Lemagne

Officer Christopher C. Amoroso

Officer John J. Lennon

Jean A. Andrucki

Officer John D. Levi

Richard A. Aronow

Executive Director Neil D. Levin

Ezra Aviles

Margaret S. Lewis

Arlene T. Babakitis

Officer James F. Lynch

James W. Barbella

Robert H. Lynch

Officer Maurice V. Barry

Myrna Maldonado

Margaret L. Benson

Captain Kathy Mazza

Daniel D. Bergstein

Officer Walter A. McNeil

Edward Calderon

Deborah A. Merrick

Officer Liam Callahan

Officer Donald J. McIntyre

Lieutenant Robert D. Cirri

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World Trade Center Command: Police presence in and around the World Trade Center site has grown noticeably in the last week. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has said that eventually, the World Trade Center Command will be the N.Y.P.D.’s largest unit, with 673 officers. The number assigned to the World Trade Center Command will increase as more structures are completed. At the present time, there are around 200 officers assigned to the site. At a breakfast for the Police Foundation in January of this year, Kelly said that all the officers would have counterterrorism training. According to The New York Daily News (July 1, 2011), officers to staff the World Trade Center Command are being drawn from an N.Y.P.D. initiative called “Operation Impact” that was designed to reduce crime in high-crime neighborhoods. The article noted that the N.Y.P.D. is stretched thin, with about 33,600 officers compared with 42,000 in fiscal 2001. The World Trade Center Command is headquartered on Varick Street in a space


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that had previously been used as stable for the N.Y.P.D.’s mounted unit. Officers from the N.Y.P.D.’s First Precinct, headquartered in another part of the same building, continue to patrol Battery Park City along with Tribeca, the South Street Seaport, City Hall and SoHo.

Russian Police in B.P.C.: A bus carrying Russian police visited Battery Park City on Sept. 3. Russia participated in the biennial World Police and Fire Games that took place in New York City between Aug. 26 and Sept. 5, with an interruption and some event cancellations caused by Hurricane Irene. The World Police and Fire Games are open to active and retired members of the law enforcement and firefighting communities and were first held in 1985. This year, they brought more than 15,000 world-class athletes from over 70 countries to New York City to compete in 69 sports and events. In one event, the stair race held on Sept. 3, firefighters wearing full gear (helmet, turnout coat, pants and boots and carrying oxygen tanks) raced up 37 flights of stairs at 7 World Trade Center. Joshua Harrison of the New Zealand Fire Service came in first

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The N.Y.P.D. has established a unit called the World Trade Center Command that will patrol the 16-acre World Trade Center site with a force of more than 600 officers. A week before the National September 11 Memorial is scheduled to open, police were stationed around the site in large numbers.

The Sirius Dog Run on Kowsky Plaza in B.P.C. was named for Sirius, a bomb-sniffing golden Labrador, who was partnered with Port Authority Police Sergeant David Lim at the World Trade Center. Lim survived 9/11 but Sirius was killed. The three dog runs in B.P.C. are maintained by the B.P.C. Parks Conservancy.

with a time of 5 minutes 48 seconds. One of the firefighters who competed in the event, Richard Gendron from Longueuil, Quebec, was quoted in a Canadian newspaper as saying, “I’m dedicating each flight to one of my fallen friends lost 10 years ago this week.” Gendron said that he didn’t know any of those who died but, “Like me, all they wanted was to fight fires, then go home at the end of the day to their wife and kids.” The next World Police and Fire Games will be held in 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which has also seen its share of trouble and strife.

B.P.C. dogs: Reports are surfacing that the new 4,300square-foot South Street dog run under the F.D.R. Drive near Pine Street is so dirty that dogs that use it are getting sick. The Economic Development Corp. built the dog run and is responsible for maintaining it. Battery Park City has three dog runs, which are maintained by the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy. “The dog runs are powerwashed twice a day - at 11a.m. and again at 7 p.m.,” said Paula Galloway of the B.P.C. Dog Association. “The B.P.C. Parks Conservancy staff monitors the runs during the day and if needed, they will power wash a third time. In the winter months, the schedule is the same, depending on the weather. Bruno Pomponio, who heads the Maintenance Department at the Conservancy, works well with our dog association to address any maintenance issues that arise.” One of Battery Park City’s dog runs — the one on Kowsky Plaza just south of the North Cove Marina — was named for Sirius, a fouryear-old golden Labrador who worked as a bomb-sniffing dog at the World Trade Center. Sirius was the only police dog killed on 9/11. B.P.C. also has dog runs in West Thames Park and on North End Avenue.

to Wagner Park. “All are invited to join in any part of the observance,” said Rosalie Joseph, who was one the chief organizers of the event. At Wagner Park, she said, there will be “Reflections of peace and community through music, poetry and passages performed and read by B.P.C. residents.” Coffee and pastries will be served at 7:30 a.m. The Battery Park City Neighbors Network, the Battery Park City Authority and the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy are sponsoring the observance.

B.P.C. Block Party: The 10th annual Battery Park City Block Party, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17 (rain date, Sunday, Sept. 18) on Esplanade Plaza, includes an Apple Pie Bake-Off with prizes for first, second and third place. For more information about the bake-off or to reserve a table for the day that can be shared with family and friends, email (Table space is limited.) To volunteer on the day of the event email All volunteers are invited to a party afterward.

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Three restaurants owned by Merchants Hospitality that are within walking distance of the World Trade Center site are offering a 10 percent discount to customers who have visited the National September 11 Memorial and show their visitor’s pass at the restaurants. The discount is for anyone who visits the site not only on 9/11 - but going forward. The three restaurants are Pound & Pence at 55 Liberty St., Merchants Café at 90 Washington St. and Merchants Market at the Staten Island Ferry. For information on reserving a visitor pass to the National September 11 Memorial, go to

On Sept. 11 at 6:10 a.m., residents of Battery Park City and anyone who wants to join them will assemble on the esplanade at Rector Place and walk, carrying candles,

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Silver’s tour of 9/11 Memorial impresses some, not all Continued from page 1 planted thus far. The memorial’s two reflecting pools were not turned on during last week’s tour, as the pools’ granite walls are getting a final waterproof coating. Community members expressed their gratitude toward Silver for arranging the visit — particularly since they were denied special access to the site the weekend of 9/11. “The Speaker was the one that was sensitive to our needs and accommodated us in this way, not the Memorial,” said Cedar Street resident Pat Moore, who was hoping to commemorate the 10th anniversary on the plaza with her fellow Community Board 1 members after the nationwide Sept. 11 commemoration ceremony. “This is our community — we’re the ones that see this and live with this every single day.” While he was pleased to participate in the tour, C.B. 1 member Jeff Galloway said he felt as if he was encroaching on the sacred territory of victims’ families. Echoing Moore, he would have preferred, he said, to convene at the plaza on the weekend of 9/11. “I personally would have felt better if I had known the family members had already

been there,” he said. “I agree that the family members take priority, but I don’t agree that the general public on 9/12 takes priority.” The sight of the names strewn across the reflecting pools nonetheless moved Galloway. “It exceeded my expectations in terms of the sobering effect of seeing those names around the [former] towers,” he said. Tribeca resident Tricia Joyce was troubled by the tour. The two gaping holes in the Twin Towers’ footprints particularly upset her. “To me, there’s something sad about that. Maybe it’s meant to be upsetting, and if so, it’s successful,” she said. Joyce said she would have liked to have seen a part of the plaza dedicated to the area’s rebirth. “I don’t totally love it, to be honest,” she said of the plaza. “I’d love to see the living along with this space.” Community Board 3 member Ariel Palitz, who purchased a cobblestone on the plaza, felt satisfied walking the grounds of the memorial knowing that she had contributed to its creation. “For me, it’s just a way of being physically connected to the place,” said Palitz, “and to know that I did something in some small way to help rebuild.”

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UNVEILING AND BLESSING OF “OUT OF MANY, ONE” FLAG On Sept. 11 at 1 p.m., artist Muriel Stockdale will present her hands flag commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11 at Charlotte’s Place at 109 Greenwich Street. The flag is comprised of pieces of cloth donated by the community that represents their heritage. For more information, contact Jenn Chinn, program manager at Charlotte’s Place, at

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS SYMPOSIUM The symposium, marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11, will be conducted on Friday, Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pace University. The symposium will focus on Disaster Response: Ten Years Later, is Lower Manhattan Prepared? Featured speakers will review and discuss the medical, governmental, corporate and community responses to large scale emergencies with health care professionals, emergency response personnel and community leaders. Space is limited, therefore early registration is encouraged. To register, please send your name and title, institution, address, daytime phone number, and email address to Ms. Richards at Once your request is received, you will receive an email confirmation if space is available.

“Rethinking the Event: The Ethics of 9/11” is an additional symposium being held on Sept. 9 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m at Pace University. Thinkers with expertise in philosophy, sociology, law, literary and theory, will participate. The symposium is sponsored by Pace University’s Center for Ethical Thinking and will be held at the school’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, located at 3 Spruce Street.

TRINITY WALL STREET ORGANIZES PRAYERS AND MEDITATION On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Trinity Wall Street will offer prayers and reflections honoring those killed in the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks. Choirs from New York City, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and Boston—areas forever strongly linked by 9/11—will hold performances on Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Chapel and at 8:30 p.m. at Trinity Church. Poets House and Trinity Wall Street, in conjunction with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, will present a reading by some of America’s leading poets on Sept. 10 from 3 - 5 p.m. at Trinity Church. Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Cornelius Eady, J. Chester Johnson, and others will read poems of grief, remembrance and reconciliation. A reception with the poets will follow. Beginning on the evening of Sept. 10th at 6 p.m. and continuing until 5 a.m. on Sept. 11th, St. Paul’s Chapel will remain open for an all-night vigil of informal prayer, meditation and labyrinth walks. Vigil keepers and laby-



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L&L HOLDING COMPANYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S 9/11 EXHIBIT To commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, L&L Holding Company will present â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;here is new york @ 195 Broadway,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; a special memorial exhibition of more than 500 images, in the historic lobby of 195 Broadway. Drawn from the 2001 SoHo installation â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;here is new york: a democracy of photographs,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; the free, highly-acclaimed exhibition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which has been viewed, in


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MEET THE AUTHOR AT BARNES & NOBLE Dennis Smith, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Decade of Hope: Stories of Grief and Endurance from 9/11 Families and Friends,â&#x20AC;? will appear at B&Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 77 Warren St. location on Thurs., Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. Smith is a former firefighter and the author of 15 books, including the bestseller, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Report from Ground Zero.â&#x20AC;? He has been at the forefront of the first-responder community since 9/11 and serves on the board of the Tribute W.T.C. Visitor Center.

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to be compensated.â&#x20AC;? The Canal St. boundary, Birnbaum countered, â&#x20AC;&#x153;seems to include the vast, vast majority of people.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot of information that there were people beyond Canal [Street] that were sick,â&#x20AC;? said Birnbaum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wherever you draw the line, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be someone on the other side of the line. If there are special exceptions in which people [above Canal Street] can establish that they were exposed, we can certainly review the materials.â&#x20AC;? The V.C.F. opens to claimants on Monday, Oct. 3.

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Last call for gourmet beer guru BY LINCOLN ANDERSON Despite nothing less than a Herculean effort (how could it not have been?) after 24 years at 27 1/2 Morton St., Hercules Dimitratos says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over. But heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not crying in his beer. On Monday, with an air of calm resignation, he said he would probably stay open only a few more days. Although his storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s green awning says Hercules Fancy Grocery, in truth, it was mainly a place to get fancy beers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from imports to organic and everything in between. For several years now, Dimitratos has been saying he was up against the wall and at risk of losing the store. Now, finally, it looks like the tap has run dry. When he opened the place in 1987, his rent was $2,200, with an increase of 4 percent per year, he said. That lease expired five years ago. Now his rent is $6,444 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; plus, he said, the landlord also wants him to pay toward the property tax, which was the last straw.

His current lease ends in November, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s moot now. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We sell everything in the store,â&#x20AC;? he said Monday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only thing left is equipment.â&#x20AC;? Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working with his lawyer to sell the equipment, adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;otherwise, we just going to leave it.â&#x20AC;? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no beer left for sale inside, but there were some assorted sodas, seven fourpacks of Charmin, a few metal beer signs and several refrigerated display cases. Asked if a performance-art project in May that was intended to help him did, he simply said, no. A group of artists bought up all his brews, chips and other goods and sold them at a gallery show for higher prices, but still, it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to keep Dimitratos afloat. The merchant said his storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closing is also a reflection of a changing neighborhood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of customers are moving away,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They cannot afford the rent. Every day, we lose customers.â&#x20AC;?

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Repeat rallies from last year’s anniversary experienced his fair share of discrimination. His own mother was intolerant at first of his new religious identity. “There needs to be better communication across the board [between Muslims and non-Muslims],” he said. “In the words of Rodney King, ‘Can’t we all just get along?’” S.I.O.A. and A.F.D.I., meanwhile, are protesting what they continue to call a “mega-mosque” at Park51. Speakers at the rally will include 9/11 family members Rosaleen Tallon, Sally Regenhard and former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton. Building the community center, they said, “is not an issue of religious freedom, but of resisting an effort to insult the victims of 9/11 and to establish a beachhead for political Islam and Islamic supremicism in New York,” S.I.O.A. and A.F.D.I. said in a joint written statement. “It is crucial to stand for freedom on this 10th anniversary of the heinous 9/11 jihad attacks. We must show the jihadists we are unbowed in the defense of freedom.” Park51 has is not organizing any public events commemorating the 10th anniversary. A Park51 spokesperson declined to comment on the scheduled rallies.

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9/11 youth determined to stand taller Continued from page 14 on, she only wore sneakers or flats, in case she had to run for her life. For her, every building in the city is a potential targetâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but on top of fearing for her life and the lives of those who will inhabit the building, she worries that the new site will, â&#x20AC;&#x153;continue to chip awayâ&#x20AC;? at the New York she once knew. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living in New York, especially Downtown, the city felt like it belonged to us, to the people,â&#x20AC;? said Byrd-Tucker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cut to post-9/11, and the city belongs to the tourists.â&#x20AC;? In theory, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great concept: bigger, better, stronger. However this could easily have been accomplished with a different design that commemorated those who died on that day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The entire site should have been one park surrounded by walls with the names of those who died, like the Vietnam Wall on Water Street,â&#x20AC;? said Byrd-Tucker. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to become an attraction, something to gawk at and make money off of.â&#x20AC;? Or, it could have at least been slightly more practical. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four small buildings totaling the height

of 1,776 feet could have absolutely honored the previous towers,â&#x20AC;? said Kopel. For the damaged young survivors still absorbing the tragedyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impact on the world around them, the question of another attack is not â&#x20AC;&#x153;ifâ&#x20AC;? but â&#x20AC;&#x153;when.â&#x20AC;? Every potential threat is a very real possibility, and few anticipate being able to even enter the buildings when they are finishedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;many are already making plans to move out before they are. But it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just the 9/11 survivors who are living in fearâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an entire generation. Recent studies have consistently shown an increased hyper-awareness of danger in American children and teenagers. According to a 2008 survey in the Journal of Adolescent Health, many U.S. youth, ages 14 to 22, expect to die before they reach 30 years old. Right after 9/11, everyone was asking the same question: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to happen to all of those children?â&#x20AC;? But after the news crews got their stories and the sensationalism subsided, the children of 9/11 became invisible, their voices as loud as whispers. Ten years later, nothing has changed. All we can do now is hope that the new symbol of our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resilience does not once again result in destruction, death and tragedy.

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DOWNTOWNEXPRESSARTS&ENTERTAINMENT After summer hiatus, galleries return to form Cave, Resnick, Rothenburg among the essentials BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN

CHELSEA Jack Shainman Gallery: “Nick Cave: Ever-After.” This exhibition will feature several new “Soundsuits,” Cave’s famed body of work that could recently be seen at the Seattle Art Museum. Reflecting Cave’s background in dance and performance, these sculptural bodysuits camouflage the body and provide it with an otherworldly form of disguise. Beads, decorative ornaments, vibrant textiles and buttons are some of the materials used, which turn each movement into sound. Sept. 8-Oct. 8 (513 W. 20th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.) Call 212-645-1701 or visit This exhibition is in collaboration with Cave’s “For Now” — at Mary Boone Gallery (541 W. 24th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.), Sept. 10-Oct. 22. For more info, visit Brenda Taylor: “Kathleen Kucka: Ultra Structures.” Kucka’s abstract paintings, dimensional works on paper and sculptural installations combine two seemingly opposed entities: biomorphic forms and manmade structures. Fused into one entity,

these hybrids allude to both micro- and macrocosms. In Kucka’s work, everything seems to be in flux, suggesting transient states that can be found within cell structures or cosmic star constellations, for example. Sept. 8-Oct. 22 (505 W. 28th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Call 212-463-7166 or visit BravinLee programs: “Katie Armstrong: Once More Once More.” The Vancouverbased artist, writer and curator focuses on experimental literary practices. This show will present animated films, which feature the artist singing a cappella. Sept. 8-Oct. 15 (526 W. 26th St., Suite 211; btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Call 212-462-4404. Visit or Cheim & Read: “Milton Resnick: The Elephant in the Room.” Considered by some as the last Abstract Expressionist, Resnick (1917-2004) was known for his dedication to non-representational painting. His work is characterized by vivid brushwork and an affinity for an almost monochrome palette. This exhibition will focus on Resnick’s later period, ranging from the 1960s to the 1980s. Sept. 22-Oct. 29 (547 W. 25th St., btw.

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A Blue Sky Like No Other Written and Performed by Steve Fetter | Directed by Abigail Zealey Bess An intimate theatrical eye-witness 9/11 tale with slides, video and original music. Sep 7 – 25, 2011 | Use code FIVE for $12 tickets Baruch Performing Arts Center Baruch College: E. 25th St bet Lex & 3rd 646.312.5073 Steve Fetter will contribute profits to charities assisting families of firefighters who died from the 9/11 attack.

“Soundsuit” (2011: wicker chair, xylophone, beaded basket, pipe cleaners, vintage doll and embellished found objects). See “Nick Cave: Ever-After.”

10th & 11th Aves.). Call 212-242-7727 or visit Gladstone Gallery: “Matthew Barney: DJED.” Best known for his Cremaster Cycle, Barney now presents his first New York exhibition of the “Ancient Evenings” project. In progress since 2007, this multipart sculptural installation is structured as a site-specific opera in collaboration with Jonathan Bepler. The work is loosely based on Norman Mailer’s 1983 novel of the same title, which chronicles the seven stages of the soul’s progression through death and

rebirth according to Egyptian mythology. Sept. 17-Oct. 22 (530 W. 21st St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Call 212-206-9300 or visit

BELOW CANAL Kansas Gallery: “Tamara Zahaykevich: Hey Harmonica!” Navigating between painting and sculpture, Zahaykevich’s constructions investigate color and form. Her

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Galleries return Continued from page 26 materials, such as discarded styrofoam and old paint mixing palettes are hardly luxurious and yet her work exudes a unique blend of elegance, play and wit. This will be the artist’s first solo show in New York City. Sept. 16-Oct. 29 (59 Franklin St., btw. Lafayette & Broadway). Call 646-559-1423. Visit or Sasha Wolf Gallery: “Elinor Carucci: Born.” For the past two decades, Carucci has photographed primarily herself, family and friends. She has gained international

acclaim for her ability to capture intimate moments without trespassing into exhibitionism. This new body of work focuses on her children and motherhood. Sept. 15-Nov. 5 (10 Leonard St., btw. Hudson & W. Broadway). Call 212-925-0025. Visit or

EAST VILLAGE/ LOWER EAST SIDE Sloan Fine Art: “Nicole Etienne: A Moveable Feast.” Inspired by Hemingway’s memoir of the same title, Etienne creates canvases that pay homage to romantic settings. Lushly painted and exuding lust for life, these works manifest as a sensual

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L to R: Pen Parentis founder M. M. De Voe, with authors Cara Hoffman, Marina Budhos and Anne Hood.

PEN PARENTIS LITERARY SALON Founded in 2009 as a resource for authors who are parents, Pen Parentis hosts a Manhattan literary salon which — for this installment — will celebrate the cultural rebirth of Ground Zero. Acclaimed literary ladies Rebecca Wolff (“The Beginners”) and Sarah Gardner Borden (“Games to Play After Dark”) will read from new works and sign books. Their readings will be followed by a Q&A session centered on the challenge of balancing art and family life. The winner of the second Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents (Brooklyn’s own Frank Haberle) will also be on hand. Free. Tues., Sept. 13, 7pm, in the Libertine Library (second floor of the Gild Hall Hotel, 15 Gold St., at Platt St.). Visit or contact them at

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Sloan Fine Art: “The Peerage” (2011, mixed media, 17” x 25”). See “Nicole Etienne: A Moveable Feast.”

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B.P.C. District Leader races part of primary Continued from page 6 cials.â&#x20AC;? One of his concerns is the process by which judicial candidates are picked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incredibly important to have a highquality State bench,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Civil Court judges hear the kinds of disputes such as landlord/tenant that most people might be involved in. Supreme Court judges hear divorce, child custody and commercial cases. As district leader, I could have more impact on the selection process.â&#x20AC;? Paul Newell, his opponent and the incumbent, founded and led the Coalition for a New Village Hospital to replace St. Vincentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with a hospital serving Downtown residents regardless of ability to pay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was also a prominent voice advocating for religious tolerance when our community board meetings were being invaded by the culture wars,â&#x20AC;? he said, referring to the fight over what some people called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ground Zero mosque.â&#x20AC;? Newell has worked vigorously for stronger rent laws. He has been endorsed by Scott Stringer, Daniel Squadron and Rosie Mendez.

In the northern part of Battery Park City, incumbent David Reck is being challenged by John Scott. Reck, an architect, is the chair of Community Board 2â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zoning and Housing Committee and served on a task force created by Stringer to keep an eye on N.Y.U.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development plans and make recommendations. He is a founding member and president of the Friends of Hudson Square. He has been endorsed by N.Y. State Assembly Member Keith Wright. Scott, a former President of the Independence Plaza North Tenants Association, headed Community Board 1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Youth Committee, served on the first committee to run Washington Market Park and helped to get PS 234 built. He has been endorsed by Margaret Chin and Daniel Squadron. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So much of politics is very local,â&#x20AC;? said Lower Manhattan resident Catherine McVay Hughes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to vote in the primary. This election will decide whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the ballot in November.â&#x20AC;? The polls will be open on Sept. 13 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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PRAYERS IN LIGHT EXHIBIT August 1-September 15, 24/7 Continuously renewing displays of interfaith prayers projected in light. Reading Room, 130 Church St. JOURNALISM OF HOPE: Beyond 9/11 Thursday, September 8, 6:30pm Talk by Ron Scherer of The Christian Science Monitor, a Pulitzer Prizewinning newspaper. A talk focusing on the power of journalistic integrity. Q&A to follow. Battery Park City Library 175 North End Ave. @ Murray St. RISE UP! PRAYER, PROTEST, AND HEALING Friday, September 9, 1pm and 6:30pm From crime to environmental illnesses, nothing is incurable, nothing is beyond the power of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love to heal and restore a sense of safety and peace. Talk by Robin Hoagland, CSB, spiritual teacher, healer and national speaker from Hyannis, MA. Reading Room, 130 Church St. A PLACE OF PEACE Saturday, Sunday, September 10, 11 Rooms open 9am-9pm for quiet meditation and rest. Reading Room, 130 Church St.



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Walking with a purpose The 10th annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walk of Remembranceâ&#x20AC;? was held last Sunday. This year it was dedicated to the life of Father Mychal Judge who died on 9/11 while administering last rites to a firefighter at Ground Zero. The event was organized by NYPD Detective Steve McDonald, who was shot in the line of duty and left paralyzed in July 1986. He and his family became close to Father Mychal during his extended recovery. With attendance growing each year, the walkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organizers, committed to remembering the life of Father Mychal, extended the

stops. The walk started at the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, where Father Mychal lived and from which he responded to join the firefighters at Engine Company 1 / Ladder 24. The walk included first responders, clergy and people of all faiths. The route stopped at fire departments and police stations along the way to a blessing at the New York City Fire Museum that now holds a permanent exhibit of Father Mychalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helmet, recovered with his body and bunker coat, intact months after 9/11.

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