#881 | Sunday, March 10th 2002
my family came here from turkey with nothing, and now 30 years later, we are living the american dream. and being a native new yorker, i was able to experience what 9/11 truly meant. i was lucky...not only to be alive, but that every single one of my family members and friends made it home safe that day. it is unfortunate to say however, that everyone knows someone affected directly by this tradgedy. i work in a hospital about 25 minutes away from manhatten...i was just arriving at work that morning when i heard what had happened on the radio. i walk towards the hospital and everyone is outside on their cell phones. i was in shock, i was worried, most especially about my father and uncle who both work in the city. i tried calling my father but the call wouldn't go through because the lines were down. i called my mother and she was unaware that it had even happened. the hospital was then put on emergency standby...and that's all we did. stood by...waited for something, anything to wake us up from this awful nightmare.
anonymous | 22 | New York

#848 | Sunday, March 10th 2002
I was at home, i had the day off of school for illness.
My parents had left earlier to get to a meeting at the WTC, and they were there in the north tower when the plane hit.
I just want to leave a tribute to my perfect mommy and daddy who are no longer with me.
I feel only anger for those evil men on the airplane. they killed my family and made me all alone.
It is not their children who are without both parents, it is me. And i have to deal, they don't. they took the easy way out, death. If i could die, maybe i would. But i have to stay alive, for my parents.
I have tried many times to kill myself, and i know, that it's at the very moment you really think you're gonna die, that you wish you were alive.
I loved my parents and now they aren't here nobody loves me back.
they're gone. forever.
the taliban got what they wanted.

now its our turn.

tahliya | 15 | New York

#831 | Friday, March 8th 2002
I was on my way to my office on the 37th floor of Tower 2. My subway train was delayed at Chambers Street (one stop away) because of a "possible smoke condition in the tunnel." The train operator was alternately told to stop, not to stop, and one time to pick up anyone at the Cortlandt St. station. There was even mention on the radio of an explosion of some kind.

The train was supposed to make the stop but when we arrived the train operator was told to keep going. I got off at Rector St. (one stop past) and was horrified to discover both buildings on fire.

Many people on the street had arrived after the planes hit and we didn't know exactly what happened.

While waiting for a phone I started taking pictures. I then realized that there would be no one in the subway station and went down there to call home.

To make a very long story short. I walked around to the north side of the site and was around Chambers Street when I felt and heard a boom behind me and saw the top of Tower 2 start to crumble. The police were yelling to run and I did just that. I managed to stay ahead of the cloud that chased me up the street.

All in all I was lucky. I was fine. Everyone from my office escaped injury as well. It was a couple of weeks before I could load the pictures in my computer and was lucky there, too. I didn't record anything gory on the chip.

I just wish that everyone could experience a little of the horror of that day and pass it on to the next generation. Then perhaps this sort of thing will never happen again.

Stu Greenberg | 48 | New York

#828 | Wednesday, March 6th 2002
I live in Yonkers, NY. Well my day started as usual. Got up, got my 7year old ready for school & then drove off to her school. I work in White Plains, NY I always take the Cross County Parkway to the Hutchinson River Parkway. I remember when I was on the Cross County and looking up at the sky & thinking how beautiful it looked, it was so clear & a beautiful blue. It was such a nice day I had my window rolled down. Once I reached the Hutch the traffic was backed up. I was listen to 103.5 KTU when suddenly it just went out so I switched over to Z100 but I didn't like the song playing so I turned onto 1010 Wins, they were in the middle of the traffic report when they interrupted and said they had a caller on the line stating that a plane crashed into one of the towers. The caller said everything in her apartment was shaking & then she looked out her window & saw a plane flying low & tilted to the left. She later heard a boom & then headed up to her roof top & was shocked to see a gaping hole in the tower & she can clearly see fire bellowing out of the huge hole. The announcer kept asking her if she was certain that it was a plane. It seemed he did not believe her but then some of his collegues called & stated the same thing. I felt horrible for the people in the plane & in the Tower & I just kept wondering how such an accident could have happened? Once I reached the employee parking lot that's when they announced that a second plane hit, I instantly knew there is NO way this was an accident. I walked quickly into the building punched in & went straight to the cafeteria. We always have CNN Headline News on, there were several people already glued to the TV. They showed a live shot & it was hard to believe what I was seeing. I stayed for a few minutes more to find out what's going on but for some reason CNN Headline news were not showing much footage, people were yelling at the TV & trying to change to another channel but I guess CNN were trying to get the story straight before airing anything. So I decided to go down to my desk & everyone was talking about it. We later found out about the Pentegon and the Plane in PA. One of our reservation agents ran down to tell us one of the Towers collapsed. Even though I heard what she said it did not sink in & I just kept working & I called my husband, I had a very difficult time getting through when I finally did I told him to turn the TV on I didn't tell him why but when He did he said "Oh my God what the hell happened!" I told him what I knew but to call me back if he found out anything else. The office that I work in does not have internet & the area we are at we can't get a radio working so we basically depended on anyone who was coming back from the cafeteria. The reservation agent came back down to tell us about the second tower collapsing. I definately felt scared not knowing what more would happen. I was afraid that they would try to crash another plane at the power plant, Indian Point. I left work a little before 5pm I figured the highways might be crazy with everyone trying to get home to their loved ones so I took the back roads back to Yonkers. Then I got on the NYS thruway southbound, there's one point on this thruway that you are able to see the Empire State Building clearly. When I reached that point that Tuesday, all I could see was just thick black smoke from the very last building that collapsed. That's when it sunk in, that's when it dawned on my the hundreds of people who lost their lives that Tuesday. Even after talking about it at work, watching the TV & seeing the news footage it was like my brain was not registering it even when the Reservations agent came down twice to tell us the towers collapsed it was like my brain was not registering what was happening until I could not see the Empire State Building from that black smoke. This is absolutely horrible, i know that wishing someone dead is a sin but I cannot help but hope that they capture Bin Laden and torture him, make him suffer. Killing him instanly would not be satisfying to me i want to see him suffer, I want to see him cry and scream and beg for mercy. I know this is horrible but it's also horrible for a child to grow up without their Mommy or Daddy and for a child not yet born to never meet his/her Daddy. Thank you for your time, I feel a little better after saying what I really felt. My prayers go out to the families of all the victims and to those who witnessed everything. Since that day when I look at the clear blue sky, my stomach gets upset. But I'm sleeping better now. Now when I hear a plane flying overhead I don't freak out...too much! Take care everyone. God Bless America!
Quita | 30 | New York

#823 | Tuesday, March 5th 2002
Hello My Name is Michael Mokson, I am a Paramedic for New york Presbyterian Hospital. The day of 9/11 i was down at the site helping with the rescue effort. I was about 100 feet from the buildings when they collasped, I hid uner a walkway bridge that connected the Trade Center towers to the World Finacial Center, As the buildings collasped I looked over my shoulder to see the after shock coming towards me and eye Beams flying through the air right at me. I thought I was going to die and that the bridge had collapsed on me. I am so lucky to be alive and thank god for giving me a second chance at life. That day and expereince will live with me for the rest of my life. God Bless all of my Brothers and sisters who lost their life and for all the families who who suffered a lost. God bless my fellow brothers and co workers 8001 & 8021 I love you both and miss you and I will never forget you.
Michael Mokson | 28 | New York

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