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Old 05-02-2011, 06:58 PM
 
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I was in 9th grade, in Princeton, NJ. I remember being in math class and the principal announced over the PA system that all of the teachers should turn on the TVs and switch to the news. They turned the TVs back off pretty quick, before the towers fell. I'd always loved the towers and the way they looked in the skyline so until I got home (they sent us home early) and was able to watch the news again, I kept crossing my fingers in hopes that they wouldn't fall. One thing that will always creep me out is the fact that I wore a NYC t-shirt to school that day. *shudder*
The only person I knew at the time who worked in New York City was my next door neighbor. He didn't come home for days, and I was scared though I barely knew him. Eventually, I saw his car pull up and his wife just ran out the door and grabbed him.
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:07 PM
 
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I had worked very late the night before and I was home in bed that morning. I was half awake, half asleep when I heard the Good Day NY news casters say a plane hit the WTC. I immediately thought it was a commuter or other small plane and didn't think any further. Then I heard the newscaster say a second plane hit. At that point, I got up and couldn't believe what I was seeing.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York City, New York, 10302
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I had went with my father to drop my little brother/sister off at school and when we got back my mother said a plane had hit the World Trade Center. We watched for a little and then it was time for me to go to school (my middle school was overcrowded and 8th graders used to go from like 9:00-3:30 rather than the normal 7:45-2:15 or so). While we were in the car the guys on the radio were talking about the plane hitting and then a second plane hit. Then they started all the terrorist attack talks, which of course went completely over my head. In school the teachers told us a little and then we had an assembly where the assistant principal was telling us that as far as they know no fatalities had yet to be confirmed and stuff like that, lol. Kids were taken out one by one until just me and a few other kids were left in my class. After leaving I remember you could see the thick black smoke in the sky.

Kinda unrelated, but I'm always in awe at how visible them blue lights they throw up in the sky on the anniversary are. I can literally see them from the front of my house if I look up in the sky and I live near the Bayonne Bridge. They're like the Bat Signal. lol
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:28 AM
 
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I don't know which..it was the tower hit second...I arrived at work after the 1st plane hit and had no idea what was going on. You can see in the lobby the damage and papers flying everywhere..but I didn't care..it was my 2nd day and did not want to be late. I begged the guy to let me up the elevator so I could check in, so my boss would know I was not late, but he refused despite my begging. He saved my life.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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I was in Harlem taking my son to register for middle school. Called my job and was wondering why no one was answering.

Got home and my neice was screaming talking about a plane hit the WTC. I also thought it was a small plane but when I looked at the television I was in shock.

The strange thing was in Harlem on 148th & Amsterdam, people were going about their daily routine as if nothing happened.

You could actually stand on St. Nicholas and 147th and see the towers burn and fall.

After that I immediately went to the Bronx to get my kids and family out of school and it was choas up there.

No trains were running but the buses on the Concourse were. Everyone was panicking and trying to get a hold of their loved ones.

Cell phones were down but I mine seemed to have been. This is one reason why I'm still a Sprint customer because them and Nextel were the only cell phone companies that kept service.

Got all the kids out of school and we walked through Oval Park in Norwood to the D train which finally was back in service. It was an eerie walk because no birds were chirping and no planes were in the sky.

It was such a beautiful sunny day that changed NYC forever.

Will never forget that smell or what was left of the WTC when I was down there.

Even up to this day, I feel eerie when I'm in the City Hall, WTC area. It's like a cloud of gloom it present no matter how sunny it is.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Out of this world
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I was standing outside...down the block near Battery Park. Me and my co-workers were watching the fire of the first plane and saw the second plane circle over the Hudson and then over Battery Park .....continuing over our heads and BAM!....it slammed into the second building....glass every where....people screaming...and running.....still sorta seems like a movie.
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Old 05-03-2011, 05:14 PM
 
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Default I had just returned by rental car

the night before (a very powerful rainstorm the night of 9/10) from visiting my folks who lived in SC at the time

The AM of 9/11 I returned the car I rented to the rental office at about 8:15.

I had breakfast in IHOP then went into a discount store to get some things for my apartment.

When i was checking out, I heard on the radio overhead at about 8:55 that a plane just hit the WTC. A distraught women ducked into the store to ask if anyone knew anything

Walking home, I encountered a limo driver who explained to me that both towers were attacked and that this was because of terrorism

I reached home at about 9:45 and was totally creeped out because hardly anyone was in my building. by that time one of the towers had fallen. by the time i had gotten online to chat with a friend who was in Birmingham, Alab, the second tower fell

I remember when i went to pick up my mail at the post office a cop was sitting in the middle of the post office

originally i was going to stay at the folks' an extra day. if i had done that i would have been driving on I 95 about 30 minutes south of the Pentagon when the plane hit it. I would have been stranded and snarled in the DC to NY traffic on 9/11.



my neighborhood was like a ghost town that entire day and into the night
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:01 PM
 
Location: London
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I don't know which..it was the tower hit second...I arrived at work after the 1st plane hit and had no idea what was going on. You can see in the lobby the damage and papers flying everywhere..but I didn't care..it was my 2nd day and did not want to be late. I begged the guy to let me up the elevator so I could check in, so my boss would know I was not late, but he refused despite my begging. He saved my life.
No joke: my current boss probably would have been pissed at me for not checking in. Yes, I'm looking for a new job.
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I had went with my father to drop my little brother/sister off at school and when we got back my mother said a plane had hit the World Trade Center. We watched for a little and then it was time for me to go to school (my middle school was overcrowded and 8th graders used to go from like 9:00-3:30 rather than the normal 7:45-2:15 or so). While we were in the car the guys on the radio were talking about the plane hitting and then a second plane hit. Then they started all the terrorist attack talks, which of course went completely over my head. In school the teachers told us a little and then we had an assembly where the assistant principal was telling us that as far as they know no fatalities had yet to be confirmed and stuff like that, lol. Kids were taken out one by one until just me and a few other kids were left in my class. After leaving I remember you could see the thick black smoke in the sky.

Kinda unrelated, but I'm always in awe at how visible them blue lights they throw up in the sky on the anniversary are. I can literally see them from the front of my house if I look up in the sky and I live near the Bayonne Bridge. They're like the Bat Signal. lol
I can see them from the bay, in Middletown!
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I don't know which..it was the tower hit second...I arrived at work after the 1st plane hit and had no idea what was going on. You can see in the lobby the damage and papers flying everywhere..but I didn't care..it was my 2nd day and did not want to be late. I begged the guy to let me up the elevator so I could check in, so my boss would know I was not late, but he refused despite my begging. He saved my life.
That was the south tower, WTC 2. I was in WTC 1.

I'm glad you didn't get to go up.
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