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A note from Untapped Cities founder, Michelle Young: 

9/11 happened on the first day of registration my sophomore year in college. I was sleeping and I remember hearing bounding footsteps in the hallway of our thinly-walled dorms at Harvard and someone saying that the World Trade Center had fallen. It seemed like something out of a crazy dream, so I kept on sleeping. I woke up to instant messages (remember those on AOL?) from New York, where I’m from. Friends at Columbia University had seen the whole thing happen from their skyscraper dorms in Morningside Heights. 

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In honor of 9/11, we’ve pulled together some of the most iconic and powerful images from the tragic event thirteen years ago that are available at Getty Images and the Library of Congress. If you’re in New York City today, there are many places where you can pay your respects, including these ten locations that won’t have you on lines at the World Trade Center site. (more…)

Today, we commemorate the tragedy of 9/11. This year marked the completion of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, but there are many powerful World Trade Center artifacts and memorials on display all around New York City. The city has far from forgotten the tragedy; New York has integrated the scar left on September 11th, 2001 into both the city’s structure and its spirit. In this piece, we trace how the World Trade Center has evolved from when the site was still under the Hudson River up to construction of 1 World Trade Center, the tallest building in NYC.

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One block away from 1 WTC, LA artist Mr. Brainwash is currently placing a new mural on the side of the Century 21 department store on the corner of 22 Cortlandt Street. The mural pays tribute to the many we lost almost 13 years ago tomorrow, in one of the darkest days in American history. Brainwash’s mural features a firefighter blasting a giant black heart onto the wall of a black and white aerial view of NYC. The words “WE LOVE NEW YORK”  in blue are to the left of the firefighter; the word “Forever” is sprayed in pink, and two gentlemen are to the far right of the mural, supposedly gazing at the giant black heart.

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Radio-Row-World-Trade-Center-NYC-2Radio Row. Image via Ham Gallery.

Before the internet and before television, there was radio broadcasting. The advent of radio at the turn of the 20th century had major repercussions on the reporting of wars along with its impact on popular culture, so it’s not surprising that a business district emerged surrounding the sale and repair of radios in New York City. From 1921 to 1966, a roughly 13-block stretch going north-south from Barclay Street to Liberty Street, and east-west from Church Street to West Street, was a thriving small business stronghold known as Radio Row.

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Yesterday, we covered 10 buildings that refused to be demolished in the face of development. These spunky buildings (and the people who lived in or owned them, of course), make for some of the best New York City stories. Sometimes however, whole neighborhoods get lost in New York. Many have made way for some of New York City’s most famous neighborhoods, but today we’re highlighting some of the stories and people who once traversed the streets daily.

1. Radio Row, now World Trade Center

Radio-Row-World-Trade-Center-NYC-7Radio Row, which became the World Trade Center. Image via ArchRecord.

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