NYC Stories

A September 11th Memorial by David Vanadia
WTC Destruction seen from the sky.
Aerial Photo of the World Trade Center devastation taken by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) from a Cessna Citation Jet on Sept. 23, 2001 at an altitude of 3,300 feet.

Never Forget is an online September 11th memorial. Originally launched in August of 2001, this site was intended to be a place where people could share tales about the Big Apple. The towers fell a little over a month later.

Following the attack, New Yorkers seemingly only spoke of one thing—recounting stories about what happened on September 11th. However, after several weeks passed I began to notice that conversations were shifting back to everyday topics. Memories diminish over time and eventually completely disappear. In an attempt to record the raw and vivid experiences people were sharing by word-of-mouth, I hung signs around lower Manhattan and asked folks to send me their memories.

Hanging posters in NYC
Hanging signs in NYC, 2001

In addition to a wide range of 9/11 stories, this collection also holds some of the popular electronic folklore that circulated the Internet during the weeks and months after the World Trade Center attack.

In 2011, for the tenth anniversary of the WTC Attack, I uploaded My 9/11, which contains an hour of first-person video I shot in the streets of Manhattan on the morning of September 11, 2001.