This NYTimes piece made me remember how the days after September 11th were like no others here in New York City. We had armored vehicles trundling up Broadway, There were military men with machine guns standing on guard outside subway stations. The smell was everywhere. Every day more sad signs went up, about the missing. There were small shrines and big ones. The sound of helicopters and fighter jets overhead was relentless. Police were everywhere searching everything. (Our school closed one day because of never ending bomb threats.) The media was full of what to do when the certain-to-occur-next-attack happened. There was discussion of the death of irony. The emptiness downtown went on for too long. People moved out of New York. But they came back! As did businesses, tourists, and so much more. I am so glad New York bounced back!