Susan Sonz is a long time resident of lower Manhattan. She is a homeopath, an artist and the manager of Washington Market Park, a small community park three blocks from the WTC, where her interview took place. She raised two sons in the neighborhood, and her younger son Ruben attended elementary school two blocks north of the World Trade Towers. Susan and her son evacuated their home on 9/11. Since their return, Susan has overseen the reclamation of the community park that was ravaged by debris from the towersí collapse.
(interview recorded on 6-27-03)

  Liz Berger, a community activist, and her husband, Fred Kaufman, a writer, live with their two children across the street from Ground Zero, where their interview took place. The family was evacuated from their home for several months following the attacks on the World Trade Towers. They are long-time residents of Lower Manhattan and Liz holds a position on the community board.
(interview recorded on 6-16-03)

  George Olsen, an attorney, is a twenty-year resident of Tribeca. On September 11th, 2001, he was the newly-elected P.T.A. president at the Ground Zero elementary school where his son, Clay, was a student. He was standing with other parents in the schoolyard and saw the first plane hit the North Tower. George helped maintain order and security at the school that morning before the students evacuated. His experience in the Marines during the Vietnam War influenced many of his decisions and actions during the challenges that year as P.T.A. president.
(interview recorded on 8-12-03)

  Liz Margolies is a psychotherapist who lives and works in Greenwich Village. She and her partner, Nancy Shaffran, a veterinarian, have a son, Wolfe. On September 11th, 2001, Liz had to rescue Wolfe from his elementary school, two blocks north of the World Trade Towers. In the days after the attacks, the family helped organize the pet rescue effort for residents of lower Manhattan. Liz is a Project Leader for the Downtown Community Archive.
(interview recorded on 6-3-03)
  On September 11th, 2001, Ruth Ihne, an attorney, was walking to her job at Lehman Brothers in The World Financial Center, across the street from the Trade Center. She spent the rest of that day supporting a Lehman colleague who successfully escaped from the North Tower. Ultimately, she chose to move to her country house, four hours north of New York City, where she is developing a private practice.
(interview recorded on 9-22-03)
  Linnae and Sandy Hamilton are longtime downtown residents and both work in the film industry. They have a young son Angus who attends elementary school two blocks from the WTC site. On the morning of September 11th, 2001, Sandy was standing with other parents in the schoolyard and witnessed to crash of the first plane. They evacuated their son from his school before the first tower collapsed. Linnae is a Project Leader for the Downtown Community Archive.
(interview recorded on 7-24-03)

  Eugene Goldstein is an immigration lawyer and has maintained his practice in Lower Manhattan for many years. On September 11th, he sheltered his co-workers in his own Brooklyn Heights home. He specializes in working with students from Muslim countries, and he is an active member of the Anti Defamation League. After September 11th, 2001, Eugene worked with the ADL to fight discrimination against Arab people in New York City.
(interview recorded on 6-23-03)
  Eloise Bryan and her young son Wilson lived on West Street, directly below the World Trade Center. He attended elementary school two blocks north of the towers. Their home was badly damaged by the attacks and they could not return. Eloise and Will retrieved their belongings and moved temporarily to Greenwich Village, where her interview took place. They ultimately left Manhattan and relocated to Hoboken, where they can see their old home across the Hudson River.
(interview recorded on 6-1-03)