From 1997 to 2009, I was a New York City area event-specific paper ephemera and autograph collector, and one of my largest collections (without any signatures) was the result of a gathering effort which I initiated while the most significant event ever to take place in the history of New York City was unfolding - the terrorists attacks and ensuin horror at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. From that day on - and for fourteen months - wherever I went I collected everything I could find on paper which had anything to do with the aftermath of that world-changing day. Encompassing over 4000 pieces (fliers, cards, brochures, posters, lesser-known publications, etc.), it has been described by historians, archivists, curators, and others as a significant ephemeral documentation of the reaction here in New York City. I am very proud of what I have done.
The images I have chosen to share with you in this Hub are of fliers, cards, brochures, public announcements and more I collected in NYC for several days around the time of the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks - all of which had something to do with that important first commemorative date or of the pending U.S. invasion of Iraq.
I hope you enjoy it.
An exciting update: This 14 month collection is actually one of two 9/11 aftermath-related collections of mine, and in January 2010 was acquired by researchers, designers and the chief curator at the future 9/11 Museum (set to open on September 11, 2012), and where my name will be associated with it for perpituity. That morning I also started a second event-specific collecting effort and ended it seven years later. Watch for Hubs about it.
A flier describing a special remembrance at Union Square Park, from New Yorkers Say No To War .
Shown is part of a newsletter I obtained from Trinity Church at Wall Street.
A flier describing an anniversary commemoration at the Riverside Church in Harlem. Did you know the Nave in it measures 96x64 feet and with its two balconies, seats about 1900?
Shown are programs from a memorial commemoration at the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University Medical Center.
I didn't win, but... Hey, you never know!
I found this flier in a bodega in Jamaica, Queens.
Front of a bulletin at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, located near the Empire State Building.
A flier from St. John the Baptist Church.
I found this at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery where activist Reverend Billy has held a lot of his revivals. An interesting man - check him out and his Church of Life After Shopping at revbilly.com
Front and back of two cards I obtained from the former Wall Street Rising visitor center near the New York Stock Exchange.
Dozens of these were posted on Broadway at the Morningside campus of Columbia University.
The group behind this concert placed these fliers all over Manhattan. I spotted this one near Symphony Space on Broadway.
I don't recall which mostly Spanish-speaking church I gathered this musical program at.
I found this piece amidst other ephemera in the lobby of the building which houses the headquarters of the Communist Party USA on 23rd St., across the street from the Chelsea Hotel.
Front and back of cards I collected at St. Paul's Chapel near Ground Zero.
I collected this from the manager of a bar I was walking by in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, but don't recall which one.
This is a 20 page weather-beaten publication from a Dr. Majid Ali, who in it is warns that many people will become ill from the terror and toxicity of the twin towers. He was right. Many are sick, and have died from it.
Front of a card from The September 11 Project, obtained when I had a video job at Hofstra University on Long Island.
The front of program from First Presbyterian Church on W. 12th St.
Another flier I found in a bodega in Jamaica, Queens.
An events calendar I collected at A Gathering of the Tribes.
From a bulletin board in the New York State Psychiatric Institute located in northern Manhattan, near where I used to work, at Columbia University Medical Center.
I found this in a Barnes & Noble bookstore in the West Village, distributed by the Healthy Schools Network.
Flier announcing an outdoor Memorial Service at Columbia University Medical Center.
Cover of a 16 page issue of The Islamic Times magazine, found in a student lounge at Hunter College.
An item I spotted then bought in a gift shop on Austin St. in Forest Hills, Queens. A Bush 2002 dollar bill.
Front of a monthly COLUMBUS AMSTERDAM September 2002 events calendar I obtained at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Amsterdam Ave.
This was a announcement that was placed on the front door of the Ottendorfer branch of the New York Public Library, a city landmark. I acquired it from the library manager on September 11 as she was closing for the day.
Flier announcing a memorial Service at the Community Synagogue, not far from the Ottendorfer library.
Flier announcing an Interfaith candlelight vigil and prayers on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
First of a five page handout I found at St. Mark's church, created in opposition of the pending U.S. invasion of Iraq. It includes congressional leader contact information and a sample letter you can send to them.
Image of one page from the fiaf calendar of events brochure for the months of Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec 2002. fiaf stands for the French Institute Alliance Francaise.
A flier I found posted outside the Theater For A New City, a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center in the East Village. Obviously from someone who despises the actions of the so-called liberal U.S. news media.
A flier describing a memorial gathering at York College in Jamaica, Queens.
Cover of the program from the September 11 Commemoration at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) located near Ground Zero. One of the college's newly renovated buildings was damaged by the collapse of the north twin tower.
Front of the September 2002 Poetry Event Schedule #38, from Poet to Poet, Inc. Also found at St. Mark's Church.
The image shows the cover of an invitation to a the opening reception of Art & Observance, a School of Visual Arts faculty and students commemorative art exhibit which took place from September 11 to October 9, 2002.
I hope you enjoyed looking at these pieces. I have many more.
I hope they also gave you an inkling of what went on in the New York City area around the time of the first anniversary of the attacks. The first anniversary was so significant to so many of us here.
Finally, if you liked what you have seen, do tell others... many others... about this Hub. I would appreciate it a lot. c39