9/11 Tribute Museum

9/11 Tribute Museum The 9/11 Tribute Museum brings together those who want to learn about 9/11 with those who experienced it. The 9/11 Tribute Museum, formally known as the 9/11 Tribute Center is a project of the September 11th Families’ Association, a 501(c)3 non profit, began serving the public in 2006.

The September 11th Families’ Association was created by the widows and families of the Fire Department of New York. The Association established a new mission to unite and support all victims of terrorism through communication, representation and peer support. The 9/11 Tribute Museum embodies the need to gather at the World Trade Center site, connecting the people, places and events of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 and reflect.

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Today,  as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Tribute Museum is p...
09/11/2021
9/11 at 20 - Reflections From The 9/11 Community

Today, as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Tribute Museum is proud to share personal stories and reflections from members of the 9/11 Community along with additional commemorative programming.

Programs on Tribute's special '9/11 at 20' webpage discuss physical and mental health, personal resilience, societal changes, community, service and more, all told by those who experienced 9/11 firsthand.

Visit Page: https://911tributemuseum.org/911at20/

As September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Tribute Museum is proud to share personal stories and reflections from members of the 9/11 community

As today marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, your support of the 9/11 Community is as importan...
09/11/2021
Donate To The 9/11 Tribute Museum

As today marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, your support of the 9/11 Community is as important as ever.

A donation to the 9/11 Tribute Museum/September 11th Families' Association will ensure that the 9/11 Community has a safe and supportive space to continue to heal through the sharing of their personal stories, along with a space for younger generations to learn about the events of 9/11 directly from those who were there or were personally impacted.

Help preserve this important history and support the education of future generations.

Donate Here: https://911tributemuseum.org/donate/

Contribute today to help build a lasting place for remembrance, reflection and learning for years to come.

09/11/2021

On this day 20 years ago, the world as we knew it changed forever.

In the face of unimaginable tragedy, the country and the world united to support the families who lost loved ones, the selfless and courageous first responders who sacrificed everything, the survivors who carry a weight others will never wholly understand, the recovery workers who worked tirelessly to save lives and rebuild from deepest pits of loss, and the residents, many of whom were permanently displaced and were forced to pick up the pieces of their new reality.

20 years later, the pain of that day lives on, but the strength and resilience of the 9/11 Community shines brightly through.

Today, and everyday, we remember all that was lost on September 11, 2001 along with the thousands of lives that have been cut short due to 9/11-related illness. We continue to support the tens of thousands who are living with 9/11-related physical and mental illness.

As we reflect today, may we remember the two words we pledged to one another all those years ago... Never Forget.

The 9/11 Tribute Museum works every day to share personal stories of the 9/11 Community — family members who lost loved ...
09/10/2021
Donate To The 9/11 Tribute Museum

The 9/11 Tribute Museum works every day to share personal stories of the 9/11 Community — family members who lost loved ones, survivors, first responders and rescue workers, volunteers, and community residents whose healing is a testament to the perseverance of the human spirit.

Tribute provides an understanding of the loss and impact of 9/11 while inspiring the power of resilience and recovery.

Your support will ensure that this mission can continue for years to come.

Donate Here: https://911tributemuseum.org/donate/

Contribute today to help build a lasting place for remembrance, reflection and learning for years to come.

Premiering today at 10AM(EST)The 9/11 Tribute Museum Presents... Never Forgotten: Reflection From The 9/11 Community - A...
09/10/2021
Never Forgotten: Reflections From The 9/11 Community - A Virtual Roundtable - 9/11 @ 20

Premiering today at 10AM(EST)

The 9/11 Tribute Museum Presents... Never Forgotten: Reflection From The 9/11 Community - A Virtual Roundtable - 9/11 @ 20

Featuring: Bob P. (Recovery), Cathy L.(Resident), Peter B. (Survivor)

Watch as Bob, Cathy and Peter share their personal 9/11 stories, discover previously unknown connections and reflect on the 20 years since the September 11th attacks.

The 9/11 Tribute Museum Presents... Never Forgotten: Reflection From The 9/11 Community - A Virtual Roundtable - 9/11 @ 20 Featuring: Bob P. (Recovery), Cat...

As we prepare to mark the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, the 9/11 Tribute Museum announces the ‘Stories in Tribute’ campaign ...
09/08/2021
Marking the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, the 9/11 Tribute Museum Announces The ‘Stories in Tribute’ Campaign | 9/11 Tribute Museum

As we prepare to mark the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, the 9/11 Tribute Museum announces the ‘Stories in Tribute’ campaign in support of the September 11th Families' Association and 9/11 education initiatives.

Learn More About The Campaign Here: https://911tributemuseum.org/storiesintribute/

#StoriesInTribute #GiveTribute

Marking the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, the 9/11 Tribute Museum Announces The ‘Stories in Tribute’ Campaign New York, NY – August 26, 2021 – As part of its ongoing effort to preserve the memories of 9/11 for future generations, the 9/11 Tribute Museum announced the launch of a $10 Million camp...

Premiering Today at Noon(EST) on YouTube!The 9/11 Tribute Museum Presents: 20 Years of Reflections from Extraordinary Wo...
09/07/2021
The 9/11 Tribute Museum Presents: 20 Years of Reflections from Extraordinary Women Leaders​ - Ep. 2

Premiering Today at Noon(EST) on YouTube!

The 9/11 Tribute Museum Presents: 20 Years of Reflections from Extraordinary Women Leaders​ - Ep. 2

Featuring: Norma Hardy (9/11 First Responder - Port Authority of NY & NJ) Chief of Police - Brattleboro, VT [Current]

Watch Here: https://youtu.be/4DZhwAyq908

'20 Years of Reflections from Extraordinary Women Leaders​' -Charting a Journey of Hope and Healing Through Tragedy and LossFeaturing: Norma Hardy (9/11 Firs...

Premiering Today at Noon(EST) on YouTube!The 9/11 Tribute Museum Presents: 20 Years of Reflections from Extraordinary Wo...
09/05/2021
The 9/11 Tribute Museum Presents: 20 Years of Reflections from Extraordinary Women Leaders​ - Ep.1

Premiering Today at Noon(EST) on YouTube!

The 9/11 Tribute Museum Presents: 20 Years of Reflections from Extraordinary Women Leaders​ - Ep.1

Featuring: Dening Lohez (Founder & President - Jérôme Lohez 9/11 Scholarship Foundation)

Watch Here: https://youtu.be/nMdMsTqs0cg

'20 Years of Reflections from Extraordinary Women Leaders​' -Charting a Journey of Hope and Healing Through Tragedy and LossFeaturing: Dening Lohez (Founder ...

As we near the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Tribute Museum is proud to share p...
09/01/2021
9/11 at 20 - Reflections From The 9/11 Community

As we near the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Tribute Museum is proud to share personal stories and reflections from members of the 9/11 community along with additional commemorative programming.

Programs on Tribute's special '9/11 at 20' webpage will discuss physical and mental health, personal resilience, societal changes, community, service and more, all told by those who experienced 9/11 firsthand.

Visit Page: https://911tributemuseum.org/911at20/

As September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Tribute Museum is proud to share personal stories and reflections from members of the 9/11 community

Premiering today at 10AM(EST)The 9/11 Tribute Museum Presents... Never Forgotten: Reflections From The 9/11 Community - ...
09/01/2021
Never Forgotten: Reflections From The 9/11 Community - A Virtual Roundtable - 9/11 @ 20 - E1

Premiering today at 10AM(EST)

The 9/11 Tribute Museum Presents... Never Forgotten: Reflections From The 9/11 Community - A Virtual Roundtable - 9/11 @ 20

Watch as Andy T. (9/11 Rescue/Recovery), Guy S. (9/11 First Responder), Joan M. (Resident) and Mark D. (Resident/Survivor) share their personal 9/11 stories, discuss the longterm impact of the attacks and reflect of the 20 years since 9/11.

The 9/11 Tribute Museum Presents... Never Forgotten: Reflections From The 9/11 Community - A Virtual Roundtable - 9/11 @ 20 Watch as Andy T. (9/11 Rescue/Rec...

Marking the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, the 9/11 Tribute Museum Announces The ‘Stories in Tribute’ CampaignFull Article He...
08/27/2021
Marking the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, the 9/11 Tribute Museum Announces The ‘Stories in Tribute’ Campaign | 9/11 Tribute Museum

Marking the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, the 9/11 Tribute Museum Announces The ‘Stories in Tribute’ Campaign

Full Article Here: https://911tributemuseum.org/storiesintribute/

#StoriesInTribute #GiveTribute

Marking the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, the 9/11 Tribute Museum Announces The ‘Stories in Tribute’ Campaign New York, NY – August 26, 2021 – As part of its ongoing effort to preserve the memories of 9/11 for future generations, the 9/11 Tribute Museum announced the launch of a $10 Million camp...

In accordance with New York City's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for indoor venues, indoor activities at the 9/11 Tribute Mus...
08/18/2021

In accordance with New York City's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for indoor venues, indoor activities at the 9/11 Tribute Museum are subject to 'Key to NYC' requirements.

Please see the graphic below for details.

In accordance with New York City's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for indoor venues, indoor activities at the 9/11 Tribute Museum are subject to 'Key to NYC' requirements.

Please see the graphic below for details.

Premiering today at Noon (EST) 'My 9/11 Story - 9/11 at 20' feat. Ann Van Hine Watch as Ann shares her powerful, persona...
08/13/2021
My 9/11 Story (9/11 @ 20 Edition) - Ann VH (9/11 Family Member)

Premiering today at Noon (EST)

'My 9/11 Story - 9/11 at 20' feat. Ann Van Hine

Watch as Ann shares her powerful, personal 9/11 story and discusses how she persevered through unimaginable tragedy.

9/11 Family Member Ann van Hine shares her personal 9/11 story and reflects on the 20 years since the attacks.

08/11/2021
9/11 at 20 - Reflections From The 9/11 Community

As September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Tribute Museum is proud to share personal stories and reflections from members of the 9/11 community along with additional commemorative programming.

Programs on Tribute's special '9/11 at 20' webpage will discuss physical and mental health, personal resilience, societal changes, community, service and more, all told by those who experienced 9/11 firsthand.

Visit Page: https://911tributemuseum.org/911at20/

As September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Tribute Museum is proud to share personal stories and reflections from members of the 9/11 community

Join the 9/11 Tribute Museum's own, Ann Van Hine, this afternoon for the launch and signing of her book, 'Pieces Falling...
07/29/2021

Join the 9/11 Tribute Museum's own, Ann Van Hine, this afternoon for the launch and signing of her book, 'Pieces Falling: Navigating 9/11 With Faith, Family, And The FDNY.'

All are welcome!

Details

Thursday, July 29 - 3-5PM
9/11 Tribute Museum
92 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10006

#piecesfallingbook

Join the 9/11 Tribute Museum's own, Ann Van Hine, this afternoon for the launch and signing of her book, 'Pieces Falling: Navigating 9/11 With Faith, Family, And The FDNY.'

All are welcome!

Details

Thursday, July 29 - 3-5PM
9/11 Tribute Museum
92 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10006

#piecesfallingbook

9/11 Tribute Museum - In Discussion w/ Annemarie DeAngeloWatch as Penn Vet Working Dog Center Training Director Annemari...
06/23/2021
9/11 Tribute Museum + Penn Vet Working Dog Center - In Discussion w/ Annemarie DeAngelo

9/11 Tribute Museum - In Discussion w/ Annemarie DeAngelo

Watch as Penn Vet Working Dog Center Training Director Annemarie DeAngelo discusses her work, Penn Vet's connection to 9/11 families, along with the how the organization has responded to COVID-19.

Watch Here: https://youtu.be/QhOnMOVFlBM

Watch as Penn Vet Working Dog Center Training Director Annemarie DeAngelo discusses her work, Penn Vet's connection to 9/11 families, along with the how the ...

Now Streaming: 9/11 Tribute Museum + Penn Vet Working Dog Center - 'In Discussion' feat. Dr. Cynthia OttoWatch as Penn V...
06/10/2021
9/11 Tribute Museum + Penn Vet Working Dog Center - In Discussion - feat. Dr. Cynthia Otto

Now Streaming: 9/11 Tribute Museum + Penn Vet Working Dog Center - 'In Discussion' feat. Dr. Cynthia Otto

Watch as Penn Vet Working Dog Program Founder/Executive Director Dr. Cynthia Otto discusses her response to the 9/11 attacks and the work of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.

Watch Here: https://youtu.be/wSlLiwUjnZo

Watch as Penn Vet Working Dog Program Founder/Executive Director Dr. Cynthia Otto discusses her response to the 9/11 attacks and the work of the Penn Vet Wor...

On this Memorial Day, we remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting our great nation.
05/31/2021

On this Memorial Day, we remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting our great nation.

On this Memorial Day, we remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting our great nation.

Premiering today at 4PM (ET) on YouTube9/11 Tribute Museum + USS New York - 'In Discussion' feat. USS NY Crew Members & ...
05/27/2021
9/11 TRIBUTE MUSEUM X USS NEW YORK - VIRTUAL FLEET WEEK - IN DISCUSSION

Premiering today at 4PM (ET) on YouTube

9/11 Tribute Museum + USS New York - 'In Discussion' feat. USS NY Crew Members & Dave H. and Gregg H. (Tribute Museum Volunteers)

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Watch as 9/11 Tribute Museum volunteers Dave H. (9/11 Survivor) & Gregg H. (9/11 First Responder - FDNY) share their personal 9/11 stories with four active crew members of the USS New York, while crew members share their backgrounds and duties aboard the ship.

Premiere/Video Link: https://youtu.be/CH4BRdL6A3w

Watch as 9/11 Tribute Museum volunteers Dave H. (9/11 Survivor) & Gregg H. (9/11 First Responder - FDNY) share their personal 9/11 stories with four crew mem...

In celebration of #NationalVolunteerWeek, we honor the hundreds of Tribute Museum volunteers, past and present, who have...
04/22/2021

In celebration of #NationalVolunteerWeek, we honor the hundreds of Tribute Museum volunteers, past and present, who have helped to make the world a better place through their service.

By sharing their personal 9/11 stories on tours, in the museum and now online, Tribute volunteers provide people from around the world with unparalleled insight, while also providing inspiration and hope with their displays of courage, strength and perseverance.

Tribute’s volunteers are the heart of the museum and there are not enough words to express our gratitude.

Thank you Tribute Family!

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E train to World Trade Center 2 and 3 to Park Place 4, 5, A, C, J and Z trains to Fulton Street R train to Cortlandt Street NJ PATH trains to World Trade Center Station

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NEVER FORGET 9/11 NEVER FORGET FLIGHT 93 Today is the 19th anniversary of 9/11, meaning that an entire generation now has little or no memory of 9/11. In just over a year it will be the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Of course, those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. Perhaps even more importantly the heroism of many on 9/11, from the first responders to the passengers and crew of Flight 93 must never be forgotten. Also forgotten will be the wonderful unity we felt as Americans on 9/12, due in no small part because of the heroism on display that terrible day. The story of the heroism of the passengers and crew of Flight 93 must not be relegated to the dustbins of history. The play “Remember Flight 93: A True Story of American Courage,” centers around the Airphone and cellphone calls of the passengers and crew of Flight 93, as well as the air traffic chatter to paint the what is arguably the most accurate version of the events of that day. The play is currently registered at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and I am a founding member of the Flight 93 National Memorial. Because I believe the importance of the story more than anything else, I am offering the free use of the play to professional theatre groups, theatre departments in high schools and colleges, community theatre groups, etc. I only ask that the performance be recorded and shared with me. I believe It would be very unfortunate if, on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the play was not being performed. When the play was first performed on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in Arvada, Colorado, it was accompanied by music that included the national anthems of the United States and several other nations, as well as other patriotic music and unofficial national anthems of nations. One of those unofficial national anthems is the rousing John McDermott, of the Irish Tenors, rendition of Scotland the Brave. A free copy of the script will be provided to any and all who request it.
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18 years since I penned this letter and that I've been doing this. Please won't you join me once again on 9/11 in lighting these memorial candles! "Just before the first anniversary of 9/11 I wrote the following letter to local papers and the New York newspapers. "With the anniversary of 9/11/01 drawing fast upon us, I would like to propose an idea for a tribute to all that lost their lives on that fateful day. I suggest that on 9/11/02 at dusk that everyone should light 3 candles outside their homes (similar to what was done those first couple of nights after the attack). Each of the candles should be a different color, red, white and blue: RED: for the FDNY firefighters and EMS workers BLUE: for the NYPD and PAPD officers and Military WHITE: for all the citizens that were lost that day. I remember how moved I felt driving down the street and seeing all the lit candles in front of all my neighbor's homes. There are no words that can describe the loss and pain of that day, so let our actions speak for us!! Light your candles to show the world we will never forget September 11th, show the survivors that we still are thinking about them and to all that lost loved ones that we still grieve with them!! With the 19th anniversary of this day coming up this year, I again propose this simple way to remember all that were lost on that tragic day. I'd also like to include our thoughts and prayers to extend to all that we have lost over the years around the world to terrorist acts like this one. Please help me spread the word around the country and around the world!! "
Do not allow 9/11 to go dark! Let the lights shine! Let the outrage be heard over the National September 11 Memorial & Museum's utterly insulting and disgusting refusal to illuminate the 9/11 Tribute Lights for the first time since 2002. This decision is inexcusable and a blatant slap in the face to every American life lost or affected on that horrific September day nearly twenty years ago. If hundreds of people are not only allowed to, but have been encouraged to "protest" on our streets and in our hometowns, then 40 workers can set up the Tribute Lights. America will not be bullied any longer! We will rise up. We will be heard, and we demand due honor and remembrance this September 11th and always! Let the lights shine! NEVER FORGET! * I will be forwarding this to its intended recipiants just as soon as it has acquired enough signatures! So please sign and share! This is too devastating to allow!
After 911 I wanted the Middle East to reform that important lessons of 9/11
Betty ong and Madeline amy sweeney are my everyday hero thank you for everything those amazing angel of the sky’s
9/11 still very important lessons to learn and lose of a loves ones and I hope to to visit one day 👍👍
We all have heard and read about Anne Frank (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6P4XSnDyUQ4) but not about this Hiroshima born Sadako - a lively and athletic 11 year old - who became a victim of "atomic bomb disease" I especially appreciate the way we come to know Sadako and what a giving, selfless person she is. A large lesson from the book is omoiyari-no-kokoro - the act of showing empathy and concern. I strongly recommend this as required reading for the young generation, which will hopefully be more capable of empathy and imagination.
The Lower Manhattan Historical Association has been leading July 4th Parade in Lower Manhattan since 2015. In lieu of the parade this year they have provided this youtube showing highlights of the parades in the past 5 years! Enjoy! [https://youtu.be/Zdz-D5-_0B0](https://youtu.be/Zdz-D5-_0B0?fbclid=IwAR05dTghzm2W7inmDdpYsa2yfVrvDTsM8rH9GZup8ARI_mlcmlDe2dQfh_8)
I listened to this on the New York Times THE DAILY PODCAST and i will admit it broke me, we were sposed to be visiting NYC in August for the 6th time but now we have cancelled to be on the safe side but we WILL be back in 2021 !!!!! the following is the transcript from the podcast and i had to share it with you all. My name is Roger Cohen. I’ve worked for The New York Times for just over 30 years and was a foreign correspondent for much of that time, foreign editor. And now I’m a columnist. Which means I write opinion pieces for the paper. People might think I don’t sound like a New Yorker. But I feel in spirit, and in the intensity of my feelings for the city and my identification with it, very much a New Yorker. Yes. So I’d been living with this ghostly New York. And I would lie awake sometimes at night and hear distant sirens and occasionally a chopper overhead, and birdsong in the morning and again the sirens, asking myself: When, when will New York come back? It’s a city of energy. Energy defines New York. And how will that energy reconstitute itself? What about the tourists? What about the restaurants, the bars, the museums? Broadway, businesses — everything. So I was just going for long walks at the end of the day. And I’d been on this long walk out to Brooklyn naval yards and beyond. And as I was coming back, it was dusk and there was nobody around, and there were these pieces of plastic and cans skittering across Front Street. And I saw a rat. You know, it’s not a rare sight in New York, but the rat was just kind of ambling around. And because there was nobody else around, this just set off a kind of apocalyptic vision of the city taken over by vermin. It was a day or two after that, that that I woke up with this line in my head, and I started writing: I forgive you, New York. I forgive you your snarl, your aggression, your hustle and hassle. I forgive you LaGuardia and your summer stench of uncollected garbage. I forgive you no cabs in the rain. I forgive you the crusty, deceptive puddles of slush at curbside. I even forgive you the Mets and no place to park and delivery trucks in the bike lane. All is forgiven if you will only return: the subway soliloquies of the homeless, the trains that never come, the trains that stop in the middle of the tunnel, the traffic, the garbage trucks blocking cross streets, the jackhammering of construction, the hiss of smoke from a manhole cover, the idling stretch-limo S.U.V.s, the drone of a million air-conditioning units, the drivers leaning on horns, the city hum that never ceases, until it did. I forgive you. I forgive you now and forever. How could I ever begrudge you your restlessness, your relentlessness, your lip, your effrontery, your appraising glance, your pushiness, your impatience, your disregard for social niceties, when I knew all along that your great secret was that an extreme degree of ambition coexists in your streets with the empathy every New Yorker feels for a fellow New Yorker? Only come back and all is pardoned: the tourists meandering in the theater district, your roads pitted with potholes, your crazy prices, your dinner parties ending at 9:30 because tomorrow is another New York day and theres money to be made, your awful basketball, your restaurants that have a table maybe in a couple of months, your overcrowded sidewalks, your iPhone addicts gathered at the exit of a subway station, your way of never ever relenting until you turn every one of your workers into a zombie by nightfall. I forgive you the rats yes, even the rats and Ill throw in the roaches. The swelter of August, forgiven. The icy winter winds off the Hudson and the East River, forgiven. The impossibility of getting across town, forgiven. I forgive you the crowds, the craziness, the cruelty, the cursing, the complaining customers, the impatient merchants and the most uncomfortable cabs in the world. I forgive you your kale salads, your restaurants that sell only oatmeal, your trends. I forgive you your street preachers, your sanctimonious parents who drone on about their childrens schools. I forgive you Macys during the Christmas season and Times Square always. I forgive you your ticket-holder lines, your throngs blocking out the paintings at MoMA, your rush-hour subways crammed with humanity. I forgive you the holding of subway doors, your drunks peeing and puking on the street. I forgive you Penn Station. I forgive you the Port Authority, yes, even that! I forgive you the brutal division of haves and have-nots. I forgive you the bus to the cabs at LaGuardia-in-construction and the recording that tries to persuade you that the bus is really great news. Look, I’ll pardon the madness of having AirTrain JFK start in Queens rather than Manhattan. I forgive you the whiff of urine on a Sunday morning, the broken glass in Central Park and the way you persuade people that saying I may have a window next month is OK behavior. I forgive you for driving me crazy at times, for making me want to scream, Get me out of here! I forgive you everything without exception if you will only promise to reappear. Please, do not be proud. I know, we cursed you with irresponsible abandon. Forgive us, as I forgive you. We did not imagine the silence that could fall, the sirens that would fill the night, the sick and the dying, the doctors laboring on the 10th circle of the inferno, the ghostliness of shuttered stores, the empty skies, the canceled events, the post-apocalypse latex gloves scattered here and there. We took you too much for granted. Yes, forgive us for not giving daily praise for the miracle of New York. I know I did not thank you enough for those clear winter mornings, for that dive I love on West 26th, for your tolerance, for your open arms, for the sun glinting on the Empire State Building, for your ampleness, for New York Noodletown, for your secrets slowly revealed, for your endlessness, for your boldness, for your churn, for the Met Cloisters, for your humanity, for your wit, for Coney Island, for the water towers, for the Staten Island Ferry being free, for banking over the city into LaGuardia or J.F.K. and seeing you and thinking this is home, for taking me in as no other city ever could. Being a New Yorker, I was in a hurry. I was forgetful. You get that. Please forgive me. Please forgive us all. Ill throw in the pigeons. Forgive you for every one of those awful birds. Just come back, just return, please. I know we can make a deal.