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My 9/11: New York City

Experience what it was like in the streets of Manhattan on September 11, 2001.

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Lorraine Rich


These events have changed the lives of all of us who live in the United States. We truly lost our innocence. We thought it could never happen here in our own country. It was a wake up call that proved the hatred some people have for us. My heart still breaks for those innocent people who lost their lives that day… and their families and friends… and those of the first responders.  We must not forget.

D. Trenton


How come not one computer, desk, or telephone was found?
How did the collapse (fire) turn all of the concrete into dust?
What made WTC7 free fall the way it did?
How did the police know WTC & was going to fall?
How exactly did fire cause WTC7 to free fall into its own footprint?

Too many unanswered questions!

Nicholas Paul Franko


A Tenth Anniversary Tribute to the Fallen Heroes of September 11th, 2001 ...  sung by a Virtual Choir.


words & music by n.p.franko (Bklyn,N.Y.)

Thru the dark of night / I saw a guiding light
a ray of hope / that helped me cope / with the wrongs I could not right

Amidst the shades of gray / True colors found their way
and all for one / they did not run / nor will I be afraid

The Finest and the Brave / We Will Remember / forever in our hearts
What Sons and Daughters gave / on that September / forever in our hearts
How they came from far and wide / Brothers, Sisters side by side
Blood, sweat and tears / they knew no fear
so the stars and the bars might wave / We Will Remember

I watched the numbers grow / The gratitude they’d show
as they gathered ‘round / this hallowed ground / for the many thanks we owe

Our Friends and Family / We Will Remember / forever in our hearts
and what could never be / since that September / forever in our hearts
How the towers reached the sky / how we never said “goodbye”
We’ll recall / as heroes all / for Lady Liberty / We Will Remember

A world that yearns / with twists and turns / the Trade for freedom met
The Center of / our lives, with love / we will not soon forget

The Finest and the Brave / We Will Remember / forever in our hearts
What Sons and Daughters gave / on that September / forever in our hearts
How they came from far and wide / Brothers, Sisters side by side
Blood, sweat and tears / they knew no fear
so the stars and the bars might wave / We Will Remember

We Will Remember / We WIll Remember /
We WIll Remember / We Will Remember



Saw the article in Portland Tribune on your 9/11 video and unfortunately cannot view on my archiac, outdated laptop. You being a storyteller, I was hoping for a public viewing of the video and some collective stories from individuals who shared that same day in history…maybe something to ponder in 5 more years for the 15th year? It is still difficult to get the full impact as most people on the West coast had visuals(media) for comprehending that ‘event’ in time & place. Personal stories would elevate the meaning to another level, don’t you think?
NPR’s Terry Gross did a great interview on Wed.(Sept. 7) you should listen to those two men, their stories brought tears to my soul.



Great as-it-happened man on the street footage, thank you for sharing.

I find the poignant part (am only halfway done viewing) is the gentle, calm guy at 18:00 minutes in who says the other tragedy is for the guy who just paid 800 million dollars to insure the buildings for 100 [99 actually] years… that “insurance doesn’t cover stuff like this”.

As we found out a few years ago, it did.

Because lawyers claimed there were two planes, they should be considered it two separate attacks.

It was agreed to, so 7 different insurers (Chubb Corp., Swiss Reinsurance Co., Lloyd’s of London, German Alliance Corp., ACE Ltd and XL Capital Ltd.) were forced to pay Larry Silverstein his premiums (almost) in full for the sum of $4.55 Billion.

The largest settlement ever given in the industry.



I’m only a few minutes in, and while I haven’t watched a lot of footage/documentaries from the day, I think this might be the best.  The Noudet documentary where they’re actually IN the buildings is good, but this video is getting real reactions from real people who represent us all IN the moment and not in an interview a month later.  It’s interesting to hear all the rumors and speculation, because that also is a huge part of the day.  Thanks for sharing!



I was also in NYC that morning and this video depicts very much what my experience was also.  It will stick with me forever.  I will never forget the constant sirens…then the silence and desolate streets and the thousands and thousands of posters for the missing that turned up over the next few days.

L Lynn



You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news On September 11, 2001.
Neither will I.

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say ‘Good-Bye.’ I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, ‘Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK..I am ready to go.’

I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn’t coming home that night.

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. ‘I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!’ I said. ‘Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now.’

I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them.

I was in Texas , Virginia , California , Michigan , Afghanistan . I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name - though not all know Me. Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor.

Some sought Me with their last breath. Some couldn’t hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; ‘Come to Me… this way… take my hand.’ Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. But, I was there.

I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but I do.. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me?

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you . But someday your journey will end. And I
will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are ‘ready to go.’

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.


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Stacey Randell

ken iverson


David, this is amazing coverage from your own experience that is unlike any other coverage I’ve seen.  I was struck by many things including the idea that having the insurance for the buildings was the ‘real trajedy’.  Amazing to see many people in full panic over what is happening while others, mixed throughout the same area,seem to be trying to go about their lives in a business as usual manner. Thanks for sharing this David. Ken



Thank you for sharing!!!



Mostly speechless.  Remarkable, captivating footage.  Thanks for sharing.  When I finished watching it, it was hard to believe an hour had gone by. 

When it all happened, I was here in Portland, Oregon.  From far away, I was scared; and wondered what the future - if there was going to be one - held for us. 

Will never forget.



What brilliant stuff!
I’m from thNJ/NY area but was not there when all of this occurred.
Like a lot of people, I’ve seen many 9/11 images in the past decade but your footage really gave me a sense of what it was like in NYC that day.
WTC7 is and always will be the bone of contention here.
Just the fact that it’s not even mentioned in the official White House appointed Commision report says more than the rest of their document about what really went on.
Larry Silverstein, the owner of the WTC complex, said they gave the order to’pull it’, using a demolition term.
Given that it would have had to be rigged beforehand, does he expect us to believe that every building is pre-wired with explosives just in case someone decides to come down.
The real tragedy is that we’ll never get the whole story.
Sorry to vent when all I really wanted to say is GREAT JOB, David.



After living in NYC for many years I moved to LA. Watched the tragedy on TV. But seeing this video, it was like I there.

That day something seemed very odd to me, that the trillion dollar air defenses of our military were unable to stop four planes in the most heavily defended part of the country. Years later, I learned that in June Rumsfeld had changed the long-standing shoot down orders so that only he and the President could order such action rather than the generals lower down the chain. I learned that there were multiple Pentagon war games being played out, that morning that took planes away from the area and created great confusion about what was happening.

It took years, but I eventually came to understand that steel frame buildings are incredible strong and could not come down like they did. WTC 7 is only the most obvious because it appeared like a classic controlled demolition and was not hit by a plane. Anyone watching it drop knows intuitively that it was a controlled demolition. I suspect that’s why the corporate pro-endless war media has never really shown building 7 dropping or talked about it after that day. That’s why most Americans I meet have never heard of the 610-foot building. It is the rather large smoking gun, revealing what a small faction of very sick people in our government can do to motive us to war. Think of the money they are still making off it. Trillions of our tax dollars. And far more of our military and clean up people will die from this operation than from the attack itself. They are still dying. Makes me mad.

And then there are the towers, If you look at other videos, under the curtain of falling debris, you can see quite clearly the wave of explosive destruction of each floor as they came down. It’s quite obvious when you look at it with an open mind (and that is the key). I learned that not one of the 6,000 concrete and steel floor panels was found in the rubble. This from the guy that transported them form NJ during construction and then removed the debris to Fresh Kills. David, the dust you were walking in was the concrete from those panels. To do this, I am guessing that the towers were rigged with det cord or some other widely dispersed explosive in the floor panels, probably in the channels where the electrical wiring goes. All the contents of the floors, including people, were blasted into small bits. In a collapse driven by gravity alone you would expect to find stuff in the rubble other than the steel, but all the clean out workers remarked that they never found any of the normal contents of an office building larger than dime. No phones, no desks, nothing—all turned to dust by the evil fuckers who wired those buildings.

Ta ylor





Another fake video released 10 years later by a “professional” bullshit artist.



Awful scripts. Horrible actors.



i note a ‘witness ’ who claime that they saw writing on the bottom of the plane as ot zoomed above the staten island ferry

so far as I am aware there is NO writing on the underside of a plane and anyway if this plane existed and was travelling at 550 mph would have past in a flash

i suspect that many of the supposed eye witnesses to this false flag event are simply ( harle6y man)

in fact the Russian proverb. ‘He lied like an eye witness’ sums it up

Bilbo Bagginski


It’s absolutely uncanny to watch this video 13 years later.  We walked the same streets that day… even talked to the same folk.  The scene with the pizza place and a radio blaring out the news… I sat at that place around 5:30pm listening and talking to people… what a day.  Thank you!

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