Open Thread Wednesday 9/11/13

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  • jane

    Wednesday evening September 11, 2013 at 7:30pm. Members of the the Brooklyn Heights Clergy Association will lead a brief candlelight memorial on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade near the entrance at Montague Street.

  • BrooklynBird

    I didn’t live in NYC on 9/11, but would love to hear stories of those Brooklyn Heights residence who did.

  • wally haskell

    Today is a day that I will not watch television. It still hurts to see the towers burn and fall. Don’t want to relive it. Again. Can still remember the smell of the fires.

  • DIBS

    I lived in Manhattan then and every day, on my way to work, after 9/11, I would walk past St Patrick’s Cathedral and every day there was a funeral for months on end. Usually a fire fighter. The fire truck would be there and behind it usually someone walking with just a small box.

    Everyone would stop on their way to work as the funeral procession went by headed to the Cathedral.

    And the bagpipes were always playing. I cannot listen to the bagpipes anymore without getting choked up.

  • Topham Beauclerk

    We should also remember the 40th anniversary of what the Latin Americans call the “first 9/11″ when on Sept 11, 1973, the democratically elected socialist president of Chile, Salvador Allende, was overthrown in a brutal coup with the connivance of the CIA and the Nixon White House, a coup that ushered in a fascist dictatorship that lasted until 1990.

  • Lady in the Heights

    It was the clearest, bluest, end of summer day. It was terrifying and confusing. I remember the ashes and paper that made its way to BH, and the burning, chemical smell that lasted for months. To quote a friend, ” I didnt lose one person I knew or care about. I am reminded how fortunate I am….when so many lost so much. I am humbled and forever grateful for my life”.

  • HenryLoL

    Worked across the West Side Highway from the Towers and the 26 year old in the office next to mine was killed at a breakfast meeting while at Windows on the World on the 106th floor. Most of us didnt even know he was there — we kept asking ‘Where’s Bob, Where’s Bob? Did he come in today?’ To find out he was in the Towers accompanying a speaker from our firm was mind numbing. Truly could not grasp it. A tragic loss of a great guy.

  • TMS

    It was a crisp fall day. Blue sky. Gentle breeze. Back to the ho-hum routine after the summer. I was listening to 1010wins, about to leave the house for work when they announced a plane had hit the tower. I watched, frozen, fearful, tearful, for most of the day. Hours later when the dust cleared, I headed out to the promenade to look at the new skyline. The dust cloud had left and the blue sky returned. But the gentle breeze now carried the rancid scent of what was left and would do so for months. It felt like a different world, we all felt different. It was chilling, days and weeks later, to see a parade of garbage trucks driving along the BQE holding the remnants of what once was out to be sorted through. I will always remember, the day after 9/11, the NY newspapers all ran ads from other countries that said, “We are all American.”

  • Jorale-man

    A shout out to the fruit and vegetable market on Atlantic near Clinton. They have consistently fresh produce there and the prices are very reasonable. Not the most polished place in the hood but always top notch in my experience.

  • Claude Scales

    Agree. They are excellent.

  • wally haskell

    The people who work there are nice too.

  • Eddyde

    After seeing the towers burning from the Promenade, I made my way to ground zero and worked there as a civilian volunteer till the next day.

  • PistachioPony

    I will never forget Fireman Cherry…He was for me the quintessential fireman, tall, handsome, and such a gentleman. He was always there smiling as I walked by on my way to the subway or letting me see what he was up to as he worked on a car engine out front of the firehouse. I always think of him as I walk past our firehouse. You live on in my heart always and forever. A true hero. God bless you and your family.

  • Andrew Porter

    I wrote the following, which appeared in The New York Times’s “Lede”:

    All the reports seemed to imply that the smoke, smell and dust stopped abruptly at the East River, when in reality all that horror drifted across Brooklyn Heights. The smell, the smoke, lasted for months, forcing those of us downwind from Ground Zero to close our windows and turn on our air conditioners for months after 9/11 itself.

    On the day itself, thousands, covered in dust, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and were aided by residents of Brooklyn Heights, who came out with bottles of water, opened hydrants and otherwise attempted to help the refugees from the Financial District.

    Dust and debris from the WTC fell on our streets and houses. Paint chips fell from the cloud, which had started out white and—as carpets, office equipment, the very people themselves caught fire and burned—turned black.

    To this day, there’s a memorial painted on the doors of the fire house company on Middagh Street, who lost an entire crew and equipment when they selflessly drove across the Brooklyn Bridge to their doom.

  • lauren

    Hello! Can anyone tell me about how long it takes door to door to get to JFK via the A train from the Heights? I’m guessing it’s about an hour, but wanted to double check. Thanks!

  • Claude Scales

    I’d give it an hour and a half to be on the safe side. If you just miss an Air Train connection, that can add a little to your travel time. Also, with the TA, it’s like the guy in the lottery ads says, “Hey, you never know….”

  • lauren

    Thanks, Claude!