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September 11, Forget You Never

Updated on April 16, 2016

I'm going to write about my own experience with the epic World trade Center.

I can go back to May of 1989, when curiosity struck my mind. My ride started at the Elizabeth, New Jersey train station.

When arriving into Newark Penn Station, you had to commute into the PATH system, that would take you straight under the Hudson River. Your final destination would take you six floors under the World Trade Center, back then.

I made it there around 10 a.m. The first thing that impressed me was the long ride up those Escalators, after getting off from the PATH. As soon as you made it out there you'd end up on these galleries, where jewelry, fashion and art would welcome you to the very first floor of one of the towers. If you saw the movie about September 11(WTC) with Nicholas Cage, you'd recreate the very first floor with its own mini Gallery mall. Saks, Fifth Avenue, Calvin Klein and other cool and "chic" stores would distract your invigorating view. The next thing you would see was the big entrance lobby

Next thing was this humongous tapestry from different world artists, that were displayed on the majestic walls before the first steps to go up the building. If you ever saw the wall decorations at JFK airport, you will understand what we were talking about. For security reasons the first floor elevator was not allowed for visitors. You would have to buy your ride ticket and jump into that wide elevator. So we would have to stay in line over the first steps to the second floor in order to enter the elevator. Through the big windows we would notice the plaza and that Masterpiece globe at the little park across the building.

You'd be able to see business people and all kind of nationalities. Just picture "the secret of my success" with Michael J. Fox. You had to take the elevator which was about the size of four SUV's together, now you have an idea. The ride would cost (then) 3.75 dollars. The time to get up there, I still remember, was 59 seconds. You would see white collars office people and sometimes the cleaning crew service, or the mailman. Now you follow us? I was there as it was yesterday!

After exiting on floor 107, you end in a cool restaurant and souvenir's stands. Exactly! Like the ones all around any mall. Then you'd notice that you just made it to the floor before the last one. If you hated heights, then it was impossible for you to go near the windows... because the world was in front of you. Being there was like being behind the glasses of a big aquarium.

The big building far away, that I recognize was the Empire State building...walking to my right hand a few steps, I was able to see the Brooklyn Bridge..then... when I looked further East, I was able to recognize the Verrazano-Narrows bridge. And to my speechless awe, I saw little ferries taking people to "The Statue of Liberty" which I barely recognized on the distance. I still can see people surprised by the look. Back in 1989 there were no digital cameras. So, disposable cameras were available (Fuji, Kodak). There were small souvenirs stands that would sell you all kind of things that would include a picture of the twin towers, mugs, t-shirts, key holders or Hallmark cards.

After 20 minutes, we were offered to go on the top roof. We were warned of being exposed to the open air and were told to put away earrings or valuables that could ended up flying away.

And after walking up the steps..the last steps to the top of that small deck.. we faced the observatory deck. We were shown New York city and practically the World. It was windy as hell; they told us that our ears would have to get adapted to sudden air pressure.

Because of people that jumped to their dead before, our roof was fenced-in and we were no allowed to the very edge of the top. We coudn't because the deck was strategically design to be smaller than the whole diamond area. Far in the horizon, I would recognize New Jersey and the Hudson valley area. At times felt like we were kissing the clouds, for that unstoppable wind.

Not that I was afraid of heights, but I was getting dizzy at times. Was really in shock by feeling myself among this improvised United Nations: Japanese tourists, Indians, Irish, Nordic; I mean all nationalities mingled there, to admire this "sky is the limit" monument. 35 Minutes later, I was done. My 35mm Nikon camera was full with those golden 36 shots, and was time to leave. On Tower South we noticed a big antenna for the networks; no wonder we weren't allowed there.

About 2 p.m. on that sunny and mild day of May, I was coming down to face my own world and time... and keep in my memory those unforgettable moments.

In memoriam to the ones that never made it down...

“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” MARK 13, 1 NIV


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  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Good evening Faith Reaper. I think we were close to heaven on floor 108. No wonder we felt a deeper impact. Those moments will stay with us until the end. Much appreciated for your continous support!

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Hi Polly, thanks so much for reading this hub. Took me back to 1989 indeed. This was as though I went back in time again. Thanks for your feedback.

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    Faith Reaper 

    9 years ago from southern USA

    Lord - wow, this is an amazing experience you had!! This is wonderfully written. I am glad I found this one. All the photos are stunning and the video too. Voted Up to the Heavens Superb writing here. In His Love, Faith Reaper

  • Pollyannalana profile image


    9 years ago from US

    What a beautiful memory, thank you for sharing it.

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Thanks Rajan! I felt that i9mpact so close because I was 25 miles south. From the top of your house one could see this big chimney with blag smoke. The very next morning, we smelled something close to burnt plastic. The memories become terribly unbearable, when it comes to remember that morning. Thanks for commenting Rajan.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    9 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

    Lord, an awesome story. I still remember watching on TV the sight of the planes ramming into the twin towers. It is a sight one cannot forget, ever. And the aftermath of the tragedy really brought tears to the eyes.

    Even after so many years the moments are as fresh as yesterday.

    These pictures and the video view from atop the twin tower is so beautiful.

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Thanks Debbie. Yep! I was an amazing experience. The moments were captured and are still in our mind. Nobody knew what would be happening by 2001. Thanks again!

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 

    9 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Lord my friend.. awesome write.. as usual.. I never been there.. would like to see.. maybe one day I will get too,....



  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Hi Tammy!

    Have driven through 76-70 since 1992, on y way to Pittsburgh..seen the landscape and the Houses any typical neighborhood in Western PA, near Johnstown and Breezewood. Lots of memories form your neighbors. Tnanks for your.. digging into this one!


  • tammyswallow profile image


    9 years ago from North Carolina

    Wow.. you were lucky to see them before they fell. I will never, ever forget that day either. I had just moved to SC. The plane in Pennsylvania landed in Shanksville across the road from where I live. The very spot I played all through my childhood and where I rode my 3 wheeler. My Grandma was still alive then. She was a very fiesty Irish woman. She wanted to see the wreckage but the FBI wouldn't let her. She was almost arrested at 75.. The memorials there are beautiful but I am disappointed with my neighbors. Everyone is now selling Tshirts and dirt from the site.. I just couldn't live with myself profiting off of that horrible event. Great hub.. and a memorable day!

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    thanks to you Lyns, you can check..perfect strangers if you want...have a nice one!


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    Lynn Jones 

    9 years ago from USA

    Thanks for sharing your story, that day I will always remember where I was and what I was doing I wrote a poem about it, it bothered me so much anyway the world is a different world to day as a result of 911, thanks for sharing you did an excellent job, gave it accordingly..

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    10 years ago from New York

    Thanks MonetteforJack,

    This morning saw by accident a raw video of that day, and still.. couldn't hold some tears. A humble homage for the unknown heroes of that day!


  • MonetteforJack profile image


    10 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

    You wrote a vivid picture and it's good! I agree with all of you that not only it is tragic, it was and still is a very sad day. Reading this, your hub is one of my ways to commemorate 9/11.

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    10 years ago from New York

    staying alive moma,

    We all..we all became one in that sorrow. Still cannot believe really.. that this happened in our own faces .Thanks for your upmost appreciated comment


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    Valerie Washington 

    10 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

    omg, I was at home that day getting ready for work and watching the news like i always did before work and watched it live....i was in tears and crazy scared all the way to work. they ended up letting us go home early, but i never felt so much sorrow and hurt in my life...thanks for reminding us to never forget.

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    10 years ago from New York

    Yes Terry , YOU ARE VERY RIGHT! nothing will be the same after that morning at 8.43 am. Thanks for commenting my friend, where is that beef!


  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    10 years ago from New York so sad!. And unfortunately people from another countries still want to harm us. Thans for stopping by. On that morning my wife was having a job 9.03..they told her to go home... the second plane struck and that was no coincidence anymore


  • Terishere profile image


    10 years ago

    I will never forget that day!! I was in tears for all those families, for the ones who died and for everyone else who was grieving...

    Good job!


  • Deborah-Diane profile image


    10 years ago from Orange County, California

    Thank you for sharing your memories of 9/ll. It was such a tragedy, not just for America, but for the entire globe. Since that time, there has been an increase in the amount of conflict and distrust in the world. We had a daughter who was on her way to the World Trade Center that morning. Fortunately, she was running late ...


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