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9/11: Then and Since

Cooking by the Book is located at 13 Worth Street in Lower Manhattan, between West Broadway and Hudson. We are eight blocks north of the World Trade Center. Ten years ago we were there on that remorseful Tuesday morning. Suzen was actually standing on West Broadway when the second plane hit the South Tower. Our…

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3 thoughts on “9/11: Then and Since

  1. Dear Brian & Suzen,

    Your memories and humanitarian actions of those horrible days resonant so clearly in my mind and make me wish I had done more for those in need. I can remember calling you the day of 9/11 as I was working at a catering job on East 57th Street and Hope said “sure, come on down to us”…but then I magically connected with Terry from the landline of the client and he was working at a client near where I was and we met up and made our way to the ferries on the Hudson that were transporting people from Manhattan across the River to NJ to a town just north of where we were living in Jersey City. Just as our ferry was docking, we saw Building 7 fall…everyone on the ferry ran to one side of the boat to see what had happened and we almost capsized and the Captain kept yelling on the loudspeaker for people to go back to the other side of the boat. That was a scary few minutes to say the least! We walked the few miles from the ferry landing to our apartment building in Jersey City on the banks of the Hudson…we stopped at the local supermarket to buy something to eat – I can’t even remember what that was….and as we approached our building, we could see the plumes of smoke still swirling and contaminating the skies above the WTC site. Our living room apartment views faced north up the Hudson River so we did not have a direct view of the WTC site to our South but the odorous smell of the smoke and human debris was already making its way across the Hudson and into our windows – it’s an odor that is forever etched in my brain.

    I know what you mean about the site being too painful to visit…I’ve only been to the WTC site twice in the last 10 years and both times I was so struck by the enormity of what happened that day I found myself yelling at a tourist taking photographs of the site…”don’t you realize that this is a burial ground”??? “It’s not a tourist vacation attraction to be photographed!” Or words to that effect…I think there may have been a few 4-letter words that I used as well. I remember the tourist just staring at me in shock as she put her camera down and walked away from me.

    I’m one of those New Yorkers who will not be watching any TV on 9/11. I will reflect on it in solitude.


  2. What a story. I live in the midwest but on that day I felt like you were right next door. I could just feel the pain. I suppose because it was a hit on our country as a whole. It was such a sad day and my heart is heavy when I think about it. I can only try to understand how everyone in NYC must feels.

    Now everytime I see 9:11 on the clock I pray for all involved in the 9/11 attack and for guidance of our country.

    Last year I was able to visit NYC for the first time in my life. I loved it! At ground zero it still has a hunting ora, which is totally understandable.

    God bless you and God bless America!!

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