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Lets Be Real: 9/11 remembered from New York

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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- On September 11, 2001, I was anchoring the overnight news at ABC in New York and honestly, I had dozed off in my office early that morning when something woke me up and stepped out at about 9:30 am, to see Peter Jennings in the chair and on the air. 

Now that's weird I thought, so I go back in office and turned on the live coverage of both Twin Towers belching flame and smoke.

What the heck? And what seemed like just a few minutes later I'm watching in horror when I hear the correspondent from the scene say something like 'Peter, one of the towers has fallen. And peter says 'I didn't hear you right. Did you say something has fallen off one of the towers? No, peter,  one of the towers has fallen. 

That's just how freakishly surreal it was. But all the carnage you saw on television, that was downtown.  I worked uptown, so when I staggered out into the daylight around noon at 66th and Broadway, one of the busiest streets in one of the busiest cities in the world, nothing was moving. No cars, no cabs, no subway.

Just thousands of shell shocked New Yorker's quietly walking home.  

The next day, shock is slowly turning to rage and grief and there's a city-wide candlelight vigil on the streets. It would be many weeks before New York city would begin get back some of its old swagger. And safe to say even now it will never be quite the same.

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