Tuesday, September 11, 2012


This is always a strange neighborhood on 9/11 – too many people, too much grief, excitement, rage, feelings - just too much energy. 

When I moved here 10 years ago, the streets had just been reopened, and you could walk down West Broadway in the middle of the day and not see a car for 10 minutes. There were so few people, that the people who were around paid a lot more attention to each other.  If I walked somewhere without my son (who was 4 at the time) people would ask me, ‘How are you?  Where’s your boy?’ 

Now there are so many people (and so many children!) no one can notice who goes where with whom… and that is a good thing;  the area has revitalized,  on any given day there is a good energy here, people on their way,  making good,  in their groove.   I want 9/11 not only to remind us of the tragedy, of the senselessness of terrorists actions, but also of connectivity, how communities came together, how New York held its own…

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