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Top 5 Moments In New York City History ...

Updated on February 25, 2013

... That Changed The World

New York City is rich in history, from the time the continent split at the Palisades to the Attacks at the World Trade Center on 9 / 11 and beyond; if I had to pick out 5 (although hard-pressed to do so) it would be the following moments in time that were all game changers.

911 Memorial at the WTC
photo © by Judy Ferony

The sites I picked are actual places you can go to and visit; that's why I chose them; of course there are other, arguably more important events; like when Henry Hudson sailed The Half Moon up the Hudson River, or when the Dutch bought Manhattan (then called Mannahatta) from the Native American Lenape (who really had no concept of land ownership at the time, and didn't know what they were getting into). If you look closely at the intro photo I took at the 911 Memorial, you'll see a reflection of one of the older buildings in one of the new structures.

The Peace Treaty at the Conference House

On September 11, 1776 The Staten Island Peace Conference took place at Billop Manor, home of Colonel Christopher Billop; this historic house located in Staten Island, New York is also known as The Conference House and Bentley Mansion. At the time the house was occupied by British Troops and was being used as a barracks. British Admiral Lord Richard Howe and members of The Second Continental Congress, Edward Rutledge, Benjamin Franklin and John Adams were some of the participants. The conference was held just days after the British capture of Long Island; the Americans were doubtful about the meetings outcome as Lord Howe had limited authority (although he was more sympathetic with the patriots than many others, years earlier he had fought along side the patriots in The French and Indian War against the British Colonies that lasted 7 years). The Americans insisted on British recognition of their recently declared independence.

The Revolutionary War had been going on for about a year prior to the meeting at The Conference House and The Peace Conference had been called in hopes of cutting the war short and preventing further loss of life; the meeting was unsuccessful and the war raged on for another 5 years ending in October of 1781, the British formally abandoned any claims to The United States in 1783 at The Treaty of Paris.

As soon as I'm able I plan on visiting this historic house and posting some of my own photographs (as I always try to do).

Federal Hall
Federal Hall

George Washington's Inauguration at Federal Hall

At the intersection of Broad and Wall Streets right by the New York Stock Exchange is the very Historic Federal Hall where President George Washington made his inauguration speech from the second floor balcony. The building looks different now than it did back then; and if you go inside you'll see models of the various versions of Federal Hall; also on display are various Inaugural Memorabilia that was produced back in those days (like china, medallions and coins). The exhibits change from time to time, if you visit this historic location try to go into the building; many Tour Groups don't do this due to time constraints.

Fraunces Tavern
Fraunces Tavern

Washington's Farewell Speech at Fraunces Tavern

At the corner of Broad Street and Pearl Street is the famous Fraunces Tavern; a building that played an important roll in pre-Revolution and American Revolution history; and has been owned by the Sons of the Revolution since 1904. It is a must see for tourists as it is the oldest surviving building, and part of The Whiskey Trail and The New York Freedom Trail; built in 1719, the small yellow bricks used in its construction were imported from the Dutch Republic and was sold to Samuel Fraunces in 1762 and was then converted to a tavern. The original name of the tavern was Queen's Head.

The Sons of Liberty met here to discuss the Tea Crisis of 1774; these American Patriots dressed up like American Indians and dumped the cargo of British tea into New York Harbor, after a British naval captain tried to bring it into New York (sound familiar?). The naval captain was forced to apologize at Fraunces Tavern.

It was on December 4th in the year of 1783 General George Washington made his farewell speech to his Officers of the Continental Army in the Long Room of the Tavern. General Washington said "With a heart full of love and gratitude, I now take leave of you. I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable."

Abraham Lincoln's Speech at Cooper Union

Cooper Union © 2012 Judy Ferony

On February 27, 1860 Abraham Lincoln gave a speech at Cooper Union in New York City; he wasn't the Republican nominee yet the convention was set for May. This is perhaps his most important speech and one thought to be responsible for him being elected President of The United States; it certainly earned him the GOP nomination. New York City was famous for not liking Lincoln, as a matter of fact The New York Historical Society did on exhibit about it.

Photo Credit: Mathew B. Brady

The 911 Attacks at The World Trade Center

The Day The World Changed

Everyone remembers where they were at the moment the first plane struck the North Tower (WTC 1) at 8:46 AM, up until that moment it was one of the most beautiful sunny New York City days, blue skies and fluffy clouds dotted the New York City skyline. At first, like many others who were watching the news (or actually in Manhattan eye-witnessing the plane crashing into the building), I thought there was a possibility that a catastrophic accident had taken place; it wouldn't be the first time a plane hit a skyscraper in NYC. At 9:03 AM when United Airlines Flight 175 hit the South Tower (WTC 2) it became obvious that this was no accident, it was an act of war. By the end of the day 2977 people lost their lives (I do not include the 19 cowardly ghouls who carried out this diabolical atrocity against humanity; I don't even think of them as human beings, no apologies here). My fellow New Yorkers understand how it felt to be personally attacked; and to this day the loss of our personal freedoms and privacy can be felt whenever we enter a building or get on a plane, I can't even imagine the sense of loss experienced by the families whose loved ones never came home that day. I was one of those lucky people who actually didn't know anyone who was murdered on 911.

I love my firemen, and have two members of the FDNY in my family; my cousin Frank was working out of Red Hook that day, 8 of his men were among the 343 of our bravest that ran into those buildings, while others were running out. They were murdered, and many others that worked at the site during the recovery efforts have or will die too (who knows how many more are sick now. and will die from 911 related illnesses).

911 Memorial at the WTC © 2012 Judy Ferony

I went to the 911 Memorial this Friday that just passed (June 15, 2012); it was the first time visiting and standing on the spot where the attacks took place, and I have to tell you that I was moved to tears to think about how many people lost their lives on this terrible day in our Nation's History.

My Visit To The 911 Memorial on June 15, 2012

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5 More Tragic Events That Shaped NYC History - In the aftermath ...

... laws that were put in place to protect and prevent such terrible disasters from happening again.

  1. PS General Slocum June 15, 1904; 1,021 German Americans die in a fire on this passenger steamship, this way NYC's worst disaster in terms of loss of life before 911.
  2. Triangle Shirtwaist Fire on March 25, 1911, there was a terrible fire in a sweatshop that claimed the lives of 146 Garment Workers; most were young seamstresses of Italian - American and Jewish ethnicity.
  3. Titanic Sinks on April 15, 1912 and some 710 survivors are brought to New York City by way of the Carpathia; they docked near what is now The Chelsea Piers.
  4. The 23rd Street Fire October 17, 1966 - This was the worst loss of life for the FDNY before 911; 12 firefighters lost their lives on this dark day in NYC history.
  5. Wall Street Bombing September 16, 1920 the blast killed 38 people and seriously injured 143; it was carried out by Italian Anarchists.

Thank You!

Thanks to all my fellow Lensmasters for your thoughts on 9/11 & for nominating this LOTD.

I am blown away by this gesture; I actually struggled with including 9/11 in this Lens unfortunately its part of our history now and

WE MUST NEVER FORGET

My thoughts are with all those who lost their lives on a beautiful September day; there only sin was to go to work and try to make an honest living, they were cut down in the prime of their lives, my prays are with all those affected on this day.

If you're drawing a blank, feel free to say "Hi" and or add your 2 cents or you can round up and make it a nickel.

So what's your take on it? - What would be your Top 5 Moments in NYC History?

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @Ibidii: To my fellow history enthusiast, thanks for your kind words and participating on my Lens.

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      Ibidii 4 years ago

      Awesome lens, I love history. I had heard of the Titanic at an early age, as most every one does. I have not heard of the others you mention here. I did not know about those historical buildings where our Presidents spoke. I love that the bricks came from Holland! Awesome information! :D

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      Interesting lens. I've never been but I'm sure that's only a matter of time. Blessings from a Squid Angel.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love New York! I traveled their often for hair shows...one of my favorite places!

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      It's the most vibrant city in the world

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      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      What a very interesting lens! Thanks so much!

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      cmadden 4 years ago

      Very interesting lens!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I love NYC, it nice reading your lens about it history. Taking a trip to NYC is on my bucket list. Great lens thanks for sharing. Blessed by Squid Angel flinnie.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: Thank you, it was good to have you 8-)

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      What a cool tribute to New york - I enjoyed my stay! :)

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      Elaine Chen 4 years ago

      I get to know more about New York city from your lenses and they are great resources for those who like to have a trip at New York.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: Yup, Sandy really hit many very hard; there is a strong disconnect in regards to Sandy, those who made out alright are pretty clueless as to the misery that many people in New York and New Jersey are dealing with. It's really sad to see the suffering and loss this storm has caused, it's brought out the best and worst in people. Thanks for your participation on my Lens; I love Upstate New York, it's really beautiful.

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      9-11 tops them all. And now you have the devastation of Hurricane Sandy to add to the history of this great city.

      I'm a New Yorker from the Rochester and Finger Lakes areas of the State and lived in New York City the summer of 1961, so I feel a small kinship to NYC residents. I'm pleased to have found this well-written page.

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      Nona Weeks 4 years ago from Florissant, CO

      This is a great lens. I loved reading it

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @MirandaGrimm: You'll do fine, just find a good safe hotel to stay at; and of course you can hire me as your tour guide; I can design a tour based on your interests ;-)

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      MirandaGrimm 4 years ago

      New York is one place I hope to visit one day! This small-town girl gets nervous riding through Chicago, so I wonder sometimes how I will handle New York.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Aw, shucks, thanks; coming from a web savvy lady like yourself I am honored. Let me know if your ever in town, I love to show off my city.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is one of those few lenses that wins my respect and admiration across the board. I SquidLiked, Facebook liked, Tweeted, gave it a Google +1 and shared on Pinterest. This lens is really good!!

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @Rankography: I'm feelin' that <3

      I love your Lenses, they're so well done.

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      Rankography 4 years ago

      Unfortunately, I think you have a new one to add to your list after the events of a last week. I hope your family is safe with power. Blessed.

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      floppypoppygift1 4 years ago

      I have never been there and am learning a lot from reading your cool articles. Your 9/11 photos are fantastic. Thanks for sharing them with us that are far away. Cheers~cb

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      pcgamehardware 4 years ago

      I've never got to travel to New York, but my daughter went and brought back plenty of pictures.

      I would like to visit sometime to see the 911 memorial first hand.

      Great lens Dedicated, Nice work. Liked and Blessed. :)

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @sailor_man: Thank you for your participation on my Lens.

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      sailor_man 4 years ago

      This lens is pretty cool and I'm happy to look at my

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Amazingly well chronicled!

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      halloweenprops 4 years ago

      Amazing city, I hope to visit sometime.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @donnetted: Sure, cool; thanks ;-)

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      Sigh.... I need another 6 months in New York :)

      Liked and Blessed by a Squid Angel ~ Please add your lens to the October Plexo for my October Blessings

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @Johanna Eisler: Thank you for your kind words, you and you're daughter a cool people. There's an excellent exhibit on activism in NYC at the Museum of the City of New York, I spent about 2 hours in it (not sure how long it runs for). I know your daughter would love it, it dealt with Freedom of Religion, The Preservationist, Immigration, Racism, Freedom of Speech in the Theater, Gay Rights and the Settlement Movement to name a few. It was difficult to pick out just 5 Moments but the Quest was "Top 5" so I had to try to pick put the ones that had a World Impact. Like just think if George Washington decided to be the Monarch of the USA (lol), or if Lincoln didn't take a stance on slavery before his election. I tried ;-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by and liking my lens

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      While in high school, my daughter became fascinated and absorbed with NYC at the turn of the last century - the whole issue of child labor and the involvement of people like Theodore Roosevelt and Lewis Hine. She stared into the faces of those young workers in Mr. Hine's photographs of a century before and was moved to tears. She read about the orphan trains, and actually corresponded with an elderly man who had ridden on one of them as a tiny boy, moving far away from the streets of New York City.

      Thank you for a powerful lens about a city with SUCH a history!

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      AJ 4 years ago from Australia

      Some of the top moments in my personal NYC history have been my visits there :) It is the most energetic, gutsiest and inspiring place to be. Thank you for your top moments in history - I wish some weren't there, but they are moments in world history because we and the world will never again be the same. Blessings.

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      Deadicated LM 4 years ago

      @compugraphd: That's awesome, I remember the Mets winning the 1969 World Series for sure.

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      compugraphd 4 years ago

      B"H

      I'm probably dating myself, but I remember the opening of Shea Stadium and the concurrent World's Fair, demonstrating for Russian (Soviet) Refuseniks, and the Mets winning the world series in 1969 (think I'm a Mets fan????). I grew up in NJ and went to school (HS and college) in NY.

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      I would have to agree with the moments you've picked. Great lens! Blessed

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      as interesting read

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      Great lens; I will visit some of these places in NYC one day.

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      maryLuu 5 years ago

      Very beautiful lens! Very informative! Thanks!

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      radkoaleks 5 years ago

      Great lens. Good work.

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      JonoAdams 5 years ago

      Very rich history, been there a couple of times but it's never enough to take it all in.

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      NYThroughTheLens 5 years ago

      As a native New Yorker and as a photographer whose work revolves around New York City, I have to say that this is an awesome lens.

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      As the biggest city in USA, there are too many moments in NYC history!

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      JerseyJames 5 years ago

      Very well written lens!

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      History does repeat over and over.Great lens !

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      great lens

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your well done lens, and earning the LoTD and purple star.

      We shall never forget!

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Stunning lens. I'm touches and inspired. d

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      @chezchazz: Thanks for the Blessing Chazz us New Yorkers understand that feeling of being attacked in our own backyard. I was in the Bronx that day; I was watching some footage last night that I haven't seen before, I'm saddened that my fellow citizens had to go through the unthinkable on that terrible day.

      It's the wonderful things in life you mentioned that keep us going, they keep us honest and they make us whole. Thanks for your participation, I really enjoy your writings, you are a wealth of information. Peace 8-)

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      This native New Yorker could not have come up with a better list - (although I'd have to add the day my in-laws were married, my son was born, and my wife was awarded her Ph.D. :-) Seriously, you've don a beautiful job. We lost several friends on 9/11 and my wife was in midtown on that fateful day. We also know some first responders who are currently suffering severe consequences from what they were exposed to there. Advocacy on their behalf by anyone reading this would be greatly appreciated. Blessed and featured on Still Wing-ing it on Squidoo.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      It's been a long time since I was in NYC, and it will seem strange not to see the towers. Thanks for the information. Congratulations on LOTD and the purple star. Blessed

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations on the LoTD. Great lens, and thanks for sharing the info.

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      nyclittleitaly 5 years ago

      Great lens and congratulations on being picked for lens of the day

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I could not possibly go past this lens without blessing it. You have done a great job putting all this together. Even over here in Australia, we were touched deeply by 911. I will always remember getting to work early (on the 12th here) and turning on the radio and being shocked by what I was hearing. Everyone else turned up late for work as they were watching it unfold on the TV! Congrats on LOTD, well deserved.

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      HuggsX3 LM 5 years ago

      9-11-2001 will always be in our hearts, not just the twin towers, but flight 93 and the pentagon as well.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Congratulations on getting LoTD!

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      Kay 5 years ago

      I always love the historical pages here. Interesting that the 9/11 thing seems so different, almost as if it doesn't belong here, but I know that is just because we lived this. Blessed!

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      Michelle Hogan 5 years ago

      9/11 was one of those events that you will remember where you were when you first heard what had happened, and was happening that day.

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      kgdunst 5 years ago

      Never forget 911.

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      iwebmastery 5 years ago

      Great lens - congrats on getting LotD!

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LoTD! Blessed

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      Escapes2 5 years ago

      I remember that day like it was yesterday. During the days and weeks after I have never attended so many memorials, wakes and funerals. I missed my train that morning ...

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Congratulations on getting LOTD. You greatly deserve it. Great lens!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I like your list. I am not a big scholar on NYC history, but that city has been so important in our nation's development.

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      May we never forget

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      octopen 5 years ago

      Great lens, well deserving of the lens of the day award. Very touching lens very patriotic. Well done.

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Congrats on LotD. Well deserved. *blessed

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I lived in the Bronx (a borough of New York City) for 26 years, I never knew about Washington and Lincoln's activities there. Thanks for giving me insight.

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      Cynthia Davis 5 years ago from Pittsburgh

      My son had phoned me from Wall St. in NYC on 9/11 with the devastating news. Fortunately, he got to safety. My sincerest condolences for those who perished that day. Angel Blessings**

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      cyclingtopics 5 years ago

      Great article for today =) God bless the USA!

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Very informative and touching lens....definitely deserving of the LOTD status. Congratulations!!!!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I will always remember exactly where I was when I saw the tragedy unfold on tv. May this nation never forget what took place and do everything to prevent another incident. ps...my Dutch ancestors were part of the owners of Manhattan, as I discovered in my genealogy search.

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      Mamaboo LM 5 years ago

      9/11 is one of those events that everyone remembers where they were when it happened. For me it was far more than 9/11. I was pregnant with my 4th child, my father had died the Thursday before and my adopted dad died 9/31. It was a tough season. But God is good and triumphs over everything. Like goes on, we grow and learn. My daughter ~ River is now just short of 11 and the day is always marked with mixed feeling, the least of which is sadness. Thank you for your lens! And thank you for your selection of 5 moments in New York City history!

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      I've never been to NYC! But I love the history you provided here along with the pictures of the buildings. Really well done!

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      An excellent lens for this day that I don't think anyone in America or even in many other countries will forget. Reading your lens brought it all back so fresh to me. Eleven years is a long time to still get that chill and heart pounding and tears but today brings it all back. Thank you for sharing other moments in NYC history as well. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Merstarr 5 years ago

      Wonderful tribute. Thanks for the read :)

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      Dana Marie 5 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      Great LOTD!!! Hats off to you for a job WELL DONE!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      Pete Schultz 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD. it is an interesting read and I learned something new. The comments added are moving.I would hope all these experience can help us move forward (the entire human race) toward peaceful coexistance. Perhaps your effort here will help in that cause.

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      IsakRimon LM 5 years ago

      great idea

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Very thoughtful, informative lens. Thank you for sharing so much rich history. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations on winning the Lens of The Day (LOTD)!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      While my own home towns were never attacked in the way New York was, here in the UK we did suffer atrocities committed by the IRA and innocent people lost their lives, but thankfully not as many as in New York on that day.

      We learned to check under our parked cars before we touched them, in case a bomb had been left underneath - a bomb that would detonate at the sense of any vibration. Towns in the UK in the 70s, 80s and early 90s were hit, 3 of them towns I was living in at the time.

      And yes 9/11 was one of those days that is seared into the memory by sights that no one should have to witness and the atrocity is one that had a direct impact on many families, of many Nations. I only heard a couple of weeks ago that the wife of our current Prime Minister was in New York that day. My own daughter knew someone whose sister should have been at the WTC, but changed her plans at the last minute.

      It was a sad,sad day that saw the worst of acts and the most heroic.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Excellent LOTD choice on the anniversary of 911. I was in Manhattan a few months before the attack, and had also been inside the Trade Center on a previous visit. I remember that day vividly. It's just hard to believe 11 years have passed.

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      faye durham 5 years ago

      Your lens is filled with important history of New York. I've always enjoyed my visits there.

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      greenleesfs 5 years ago

      First I want to send a virtual hug to everyone that vividly remembers 9/11 and still feels pain because of it.

      I lived in Brooklyn NY and worked at 125 Worth St. at that time. On that day I didn't feel well when I woke up and called in and left a message that I would be in late that day. My daughter who lived and worked in DC at the time called and woke me up before the second plane hit. I watched dazed, confused and hurt all day. When we were allowed back into lower Manhattan I vividly remember the Sanitation trucks passing from the wreckage with a horrible smell that i couldn't shake for a long time after. I think I suffered because I felt guilty that my co-workers were at work that day and had to walk across the bridges to get back home. The Twin Towers was a place I visited at lunch to clear my head. I enjoyed Borders book store but they were gone and all I knew was that people who I didn't know, didn't hate hated us and hurt us deeply.

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      GoAceNate LM 5 years ago

      Great list. Awesome lens idea. Blessed.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      It is difficult to believe it was 11 years ago that the 911 attacks took place.

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Not being from that part of our great country, I cannot add to your list. But I certainly did learn some history lessons from this great lens. God Bless America always and forever!

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      cleverowlsoftware 5 years ago

      This lens is awesome...it is so informative and provide so many things about NY city...liked it!

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      Wonderful lens. Congratuations on LotD!

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      911 was so surreal my wife called me from work, we had just completed the purchase of our farm here at Pine Grove Stables and as I turned on the television it was just in time to see the second plane strike live on the News! What a dark day in the history of our planet it affected everyone everywhere. It was like a very distasteful bad movie, only it was for real.

      I can not imagine the horror of the people who were driven to dive to their deaths rather than perish by fire, it is an image burned into my mind forever, one that I hope is never repeated.

      What a well deserved LOTD we must never forget the heroes of that day nor the issues that led to it in the first place.

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      starstreamdesign 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Queens-born and former Manhattan resident for over a decade...watched the towers burn just south of me. Didn't know about the other events and I used to walk by these places every day! The blackouts are also events that stick in my mind,...my brother was born during the '65 blackout with my dad stuck in a subway tunnel under the east river, and I was heavily pregnant trying to get home to NJ during the '03 blackout. Great job and congrats on LOTD!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Remarkable job.. You've just instigated my travel instincts.. :)

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! nicely done Tribute for a sad unforgettable tragedy!

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      Paula7928 5 years ago

      Great lens! I visited NYC once about a year before 9/11.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens, you list of the most important moments is great, and thanks for history facts.

      Well deserved purple star and LOTD.

      I am leaving in NJ, 30 min drive to Lincoln Tunnel so I lost friends on 11 Sept, how can I forget that day?

      Blessings!

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      gypsyman27 lm 5 years ago

      Well, I know one of them for me would have to be the day I was born in King's County Hospital:~) Enjoy the page, well done. See you around the galaxy...