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Scenes from Astoria

by 09/30/2001
Neighborhood: Astoria, Queens

Some people around here watched the towers collapse from their rooftops. I didn’t even think to go up to the roof. Like baseball, I preferred it on TV. Hell, I’m an American. When the second tower I fell I took a walk outside with my friend. We both live in Astoria and we both work […]

Memorial for a Fireman

by 09/30/2001
Neighborhood: Midtown

On a cold and rainy and wintry Sunday in New York, I went to a memorial service for a fireman in Manhattan. (Schedules of funerals have begun appearing in the DAILY NEWS, with urgent appeals for people to attend. There will be over 300 of them. ) Today’s memorial service is the only one I […]

The Good Soldier

by 09/26/2001
Neighborhood: World Trade Center

The World Trade Center had this fascinating opacity: two steel-grey slabs stopping thought. The more you looked at it, the less it gave you back. The Twin Towers came out of the minimalist aesthetic of the late 1960s, Donald Judd sculptures: their only decorative adornments were those aluminum Y’s, provoking you by their tight-lipped abstraction, […]

Life and Debt and Stephanie Black

by Thomas Beller 09/26/2001
Neighborhood: All Over, Manhattan

Stephanie Black does not want to talk about the September 11th World Trade Center attack in the context of her movie, “Life and Debt.” “I’m still processing it, like everyone else,” she said on the phone the other day, speaking from her apartment in downtown Manhattan. But her film, which is currently playing at the […]

The View From Long Island

by 09/25/2001
Neighborhood: Across the River, Letter From Abroad

What's a guilty Long Islander to do?

Before and After

by 09/25/2001
Neighborhood: All Over, Manhattan

Parachuting from the twin towers

Taking Down The Wall

by 09/25/2001
Neighborhood: World Trade Center

Late this afternoon I stood amongst a tightly packed crowd of onlookers at Broadway and John Street, watching from behind a barricade as engineers prepared to remove from the World Trade Center rubble the 500 foot wall that — for many of us — had somehow, over the past two weeks, come to symbolize our […]

The Unhinged

by 09/23/2001
Neighborhood: All Over, Letter From Abroad

The View through a neighbor's window

The Grand Candelabra

by 09/23/2001
Neighborhood: Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights

Flames flickered furiously in Brooklyn

Sirens and Whispers on 9/11

by 09/23/2001
Neighborhood: All Over, Manhattan

9:30 AM It’s a slow morning like so many, in that I am running slow. I get into the bathtub, and turn on WCBS Newsradio. Downstairs I can hear my wife assuring our fifteenth month old that breakfast is fast approaching. And then I hear the unfamiliar sound of a plane about to fly into […]

The View From Silver Lake Park

by 09/22/2001
Neighborhood: Across the River, Letter From Abroad

"the arrogance of our routines!"

Winged

by 09/22/2001
Neighborhood: World Trade Center

Last night, I attended a memorial service for an artist I knew, Michael Richards. He was fortunate to have been selected for the lower Manhattan cultural council’s program “world views’ (or something like that). He was unfortunate in that his studio was on the 92nd floor of Tower One. I met Michael two years ago […]