New Yorkers in the post-9/11 landscape: 'People have bonded together'
Minas Polychronakis reopened his shoe shop on Wall Street after the original was destroyed in the September 11 attacks.
September 10th, 2011
07:00 AM ET

New Yorkers in the post-9/11 landscape: 'People have bonded together'

There’s no denying that New York is a changed place 10 years after the attacks that destroyed the twin towers and took the lives of 2,753 people.

The city has physically changed and people will forever mourn the losses. The psyche of the city has changed, too.

“We are more patient. We are more caring. I think people have bonded together,” said Sandy Levine, owner of the Carnegie Deli in midtown Manhattan. "I think we all think as one now."

Minas Polychronakis greets his customers every morning from behind the counter of his shoe shop on Wall Street. The store wasn’t always there. The original shop was on the lower concourse of the World Trade Center.

“It was raining glass, papers and bodies of course,” Polychronakis said. “I went outside and I saw the second plane hit the number two building.”

He saw a change in people that day, one that has lasted: "more kind."

"Sometime you have to pay the price to realize how good we are. They changed us for better," he said.

Newspaper columnist Pete Hamill has written about the people who make up the fabric that is New York for five decades.

“Because September 11 happened to us - not to me, not to he or she or you, but to us - that stayed in our character,” Hamill said.

“And I think with any kind of luck it will stay there as long as we’re here.”

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  1. Scottish Mama

    I also find that people who attack people have to gain from the truth. Usually money, power, or it makes them feel better because they were part of the cover up. Whistle blowers on the other hand are not rewarded with such luxuries, because they usually get none of these.

    September 12, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. kevin

    As I already stated you and saywhat need some serious help if you really believe that cr@p. There's absolutely NO evidence suggesting it was anything other than what it was-a terrorist attack. Seek mental help you need it badly.

    September 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kevin

    To start with I'm an independent, I've voted Republican , Democrat and Libertarian so your argument has no basis in fact. However it is very apparent that your unveiled hatred of Bush and Cheney leads you to believe some stupid cr@p that has no basis in fact to back it up. BTW not one person of any credibility ever said everything disintegrated in fact just the opposite there was debris at all the sights idiot. Again seek mental help you DESPERATELY need it.

    September 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    Again nothing you say is factual. None based on evidence. I never said I believed, I keep an open mind. Which you tend not to have. If scientist, firefighter crime forensics, and Dr.s are not credible, I guess everyone should just believe you. because you play a phyc. online. Can I please believe what I want or should I consult you?

    September 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    Take two and call Dr. Kevin in the morning and be sure to believe him, because he is the one knows all,sees all, and will tell us what to believe. The United States of Kevin. The world according to Kevin. Don't print anything, we must burn all books, because Kevin with decifer everything for us.

    September 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kevin

    Actually you and saywhat are absolutely correct it was a conspiracy but it wasn't Bush who did it was Clinton. Think about it, Clinton had the FBI burn down the Davidian Compound in Waco, he also had a commercial jet shot down over the Atlantic. Ruby Ridge? Yep he did that one too and let's not forget the bombing of the US Embassy in Somalia that one had his name written ALL over it. Now let's get to 9/11 and what proves he did it, he had it bombed in 93 but that attempt failed miserably later he intentionally let Bin Laden go, not once, not twice, but three times, hmm something was definitely up with that no question about it. Lastly what better way to secure his place in history than to setup the greatest disaster in US history on his predecessor's watch. No doubt about it Scottish Momma and saywhat you've absolutely convinced me that Clinton is an absolutely evil, no good, lousy, S-O-B who orchestrated 9/11. Congratulations you're both correct now let's charge the ba-stard and execute him.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    Thank our lucky stars, we have you to decifer it for us, we can all sleep soundly tonight Mr. Hannity.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kevin

    @Scottish Momma: seek mental help you need it.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      You have no evidence of any of this and no experts to site? So you have proved again that you are still just someone who has no proof. Maybe your mental statis should be evaluated, your posts make no sense and your frenzy to attack anything democratic, show your tea-bagger side coming out. Just give the devil a rope and he hangs himself.

      September 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    Bully of the play yard. You don't agree with me, I'm gonna verbally berate you. WaaaaaaaWaaaaaaa. Can't win an argument on merit, throw some bombs.

    September 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kevin

    I have just as many experts as you do and actually tons more proof than you do. Everyone knows the FBI used incendiary devices in the Davidian Compound it was proven. Every one knows Clinton allowed Bin Laden to go free many times, it was proven. Every one knows Clinton wanted to invade Somalia it was proven he let US troops go there under a UN mandate that he helped get passed. Every one knows he did Ruby Ridge because the family there had information on some of Clinton's cover ups that could've caused Clinton problems. It is well known that Clinton had an airliner shot down off the coast, pictures of the missiles hitting the plane have been produced and were produced after it happened. Who knows what else Clinton had his hands in, oh yeah can anyone say Vince Foster or several of Clinton's personal entourage he had murdered when he was Governor of Arkansas. Your just showing your left wing liberal beliefs by not accepting the truth that Clinton did 9/11, all the proof is right under your nose but you're too blind to see it.

    September 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kevin

    BTW left wing liberal democrats are anything but democratic, they're more like communists.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Name calling never solved anything see what I mean.

      September 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kevin

    Oh yeah Clinton even let Bin Laden go one time after the USS Cole even though Clinton knew Bin Laden was involved in the bombing. Hmm wonder why he'd do that? Nah couldn't be because he had bigger plans sketched out with Bin Laden could it? No way had to be another reason! But what? Well I guess there really isn't any other reason after all.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scottish Mama

    Or maybe both parties are against us and the new world order is using us for soldier bait.
    Bush had him too. he let him go also.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scottish Mama

    Still a bully, you must be a very frustrated man.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scottish Mama

    Ruby ridge stated during Reagan administration, Bush 1 admin. and went on into the Clinton administration. You have not again told the whole truth. You see what you want and you distort history.

    September 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
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