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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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