To mark a new 50th anniversary edition of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” MetroFocus looked at who’s shaping NYC today through the lens of the late activist and writer.
Mohamed El Filali, president of the Islamic Center of Passaic, N.J., said that like the rest of the world, his community was still dealing with the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. But while everyone, including Muslims, was contending with loss of life, the Muslim American community was also subject to shifting public perceptions of Islam in the wake of the attacks.
MetroFocus spent several days exploring the streets around the World Trade Center site. We wanted to see how the events of Sept. 11 still shape people’s daily experiences. We scouted out Wall Street brokers, queried local shopkeepers and chatted with construction workers. Here are their portraits and their stories.
Angela Sheldon, whose first day at Hunter College High School is Thursday, writes about how she’s going to teach her seventh and 10th grade students about the events of 9/11.
Photographer Camilo Jose Vergara documented the Twin Towers for 40 years before they fell on Sept. 11. Historian Anthony Robbins remembers when the towers were not so beloved. LOOK and LISTEN with our photo gallery and podcast.