NY Daily News
“What stood out to me perhaps more than any other theme in the project was the sheer innocence of that September morning; we say so often, flippantly and in passing, “9/11 changed everything,” but as years have passed, we’ve lost the memory of just how much it changed.”
The most menacing challenge for mariners was the dust, which created whiteout conditions and left captains navigating only by radar, according to Jessica DuLong, a journalist, historian and author of Saved at the Seawall.
How could a spontaneously mobilized group of citizens, working without a plan, have successfully orchestrated the largest sealift evacuation in the history of the world?
But in the devastation, there was also a sense of community that many had not seen since the worst days of AIDS. Another West Village resident, 39-year-old Gary Spino, said he walked around the neighborhood those first nights “because I wanted to be with others, and the streets were filled with gay and lesbian people. Everyone was crying and hugging.”
Other high points include Jessica DuLong’s stylish “Below Decks,” tracing her lifelong enthrallment with mechanical doodads, from her father’s auto shop to the diesel-powered John J. Harvey, a retired fireboat on which she’s a crew member plying the Hudson River,
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