Anniversary remains synonymous with New York’s heroism, resilience.
With crime on the increase, shops and apartments increasingly vacant and homeless people on the sidewalks, NY yesterday marked the 19th anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks within the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and a battle with the White House.
The City held its annual ceremony in memory of the nearly 3 000 people that died within the bloodiest surprise attack in US history, punctuated by a minute’s silence at the precise moments that Al-Qaeda jihadists crashed two hijacked aeroplanes into the planet Trade Centre towers.
Instead of reading out the utterance of the dead, this year the families of victims recorded themselves. But they were still present at the “Ground Zero” memorial.
The site museum has also opened for the primary time since the novel coronavirus brought the town to a standstill in March.
Almost 20 years after the attacks, 11 September remains synonymous with New York’s heroism and resilience.
City leaders have emphasised the latter within the past months because the Covid-19 infection rate – which killed 23 000 people here, the first epicentre of the disease within us – has been lowered to under 1%.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo last Tuesday reminded NY ers that their resilience is probably going to be tested once more by the social and economic “after-effects” of the pandemic.
Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer recognised that the island renowned for its strongwill and energy now faces an array of problems.
Some of these come directly from the coronavirus pandemic: most the white-collar workers, like bankers, traders and insurance employees, are performing from home since March.
This has emptied Manhattan’s business hubs, left thousands of commissary and restaurants without customers.
Boris Tulchinskiy, a 26-year-old programmer, misses Manhattan but expects to “keep performing from home” in neighbouring New Jersey until July 2021.
If the quite 60 million tourists who visit NY per annum have gone, so too have New Yorkers, fleeing the town by the thousands.
At least 35 000 people have removed of Manhattan, judging by requests for absentee ballots for November’s presidential elections, Brewer said.
Many businesses are now shuttered: between 2017 and 2020, the amount of vacant commercial spaces has almost doubled, up by 78%, she said.
Homeless people are now more visible thanks to the closure of various shelters for health reasons, and therefore the transfer of just about 13 000 to measure in less contagious conditions in Manhattan’s vacant hotels.
The rise in homicides & shootings – up 47% and 166% last month, compared with the previous year – is one among the more striking aspects of the crisis hitting the town.
At on a transparent Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with litres of jet-fuel crashed into the north tower of the planet Trade Centre in NY City.
The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the of the 110-storey skyscraper, instantly killing many people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors.
As the evacuation of the tower and its twin got underway, television cameras broadcast live images of what initially seemed to be a freak accident.
Even as the town shows signs of revival – which include museums reopening in late last month and restaurants welcoming diners inside in late September – its full recovery could take up to 3 years, Brewer said, citing the estimates of realtors.
In the meantime, and fewer than two months from one among the foremost bitterly fought presidential contests in history, the crisis has become the main target of a dispute with Republican President Donald Trump.
Trump insisted that the increase in crime within the Democratic bastion is thanks to the incompetence of its leaders. On Tuesday he once more accused the mayor and therefore the governor of “destroying” the town.
New York officials successively slammed Trump’s refusal to release billions in emergency federal funds to assist the town through the worst of the crisis. – AFP
Then, 18 minutes after the primary plane hit, a second
– United Airlines – appeared out of the sky, turned sharply toward the planet Trade Centre, and sliced into the south tower at about the
The collision caused a massive explosion that showered burning debris over surrounding buildings and therefore the streets below. America was under fire.