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
(interview recorded on 6-27-03)
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
(interview recorded on 6-16-03)
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)
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)
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)
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
(interview recorded on 7-24-03)
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)
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)