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BY ALINE REYNOLDS |  Former Verizon worker Richard Dambakly toiled atop the pile at Ground Zero 12-to-16 hours a day for six months straight following the 9/11 attacks. The following year, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and underwent five months of intensive chemotherapy that sent his cancer into remission. Dambakly, now 50 and the […]

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[media-credit name="Downtown Express photo by John Bayles " align="aligncenter" width="600"][/media-credit] The reflecting pools located in the footprints of the North and South Towers are central components of the National Sept. 11 Memorial. BY HELAINA N. HOVITZ | On Monday, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and the Tribute WTC Visitor Center announced a new […]

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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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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 […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Whether riding the Staten Island ferry to Manhattan or driving into the city on the Long Island Expressway, one can spot a towering building under construction that, once completed, will rise above all other skyscrapers that make up the skyline. That high-rise is the future One World Trade Center, which is […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  After months of meetings, the NYC Department of Transportation has come up with a concrete plan to manage the influx of tour buses expected to arrive Downtown starting next month for the opening of the National Sept. 11th Memorial. Lower Manhattan is anticipating a notable increase in tour buses once the […]

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Maybe it’s just us, but as the pages of the calendar continue to turn, bringing us one day closer to the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001, we feel as if we are already seeing more tour buses on Lower Manhattan streets. In actuality this is probably not the case, but is perhaps a manifestation […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | For victims’ families, the tenth anniversary of 9/11 will be a day of mourning and remembrance. For some Muslims and Sikhs, in particular, the anniversary will be a solemn reminder of the racial discrimination and hate crimes they have experienced as a result of the attack. Such was the message relayed […]

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The Hands Across Lower Manhattan event, hosted by Community Board 1, is now official. Beginning this Thursday, Aug. 11, members of the public can log onto www.handinhand911.org to register for the event, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10. People will be able to register as individuals or as a group. “Several days before […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Park51 developer and SoHo Properties Chief Executive Officer Sharif El-Gamal is trying to put the project’s tumultuous history behind him. A mosque and community center proposed for 45-51 Park Place have become two separate fundraising ventures, according to El-Gamal. The developer is establishing the future mosque, which he recently dubbed “PrayerSpace,” […]

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