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Gotham Gazette has collected a comprehensive set of links about rebuilding the city after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Scan the links below to find everything from economic analyses of the World Trade Center attack to websites for local coalitions that are helping with the rebuilding effort.

Official Government Sites

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation is the official city-state agency in charge of collecting ideas and feedback from the public and developing a master plan for the World Trade Center site. Their official site has the most recent plans they've developed and information about resources you can turn to for assistance.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
The Port Authority owns the World Trade Center site and is in charge of leasing out the space as well as the actual construction.

Official New York City Emergency Information
Information from the city about the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks.

World Trade Center Relief Fund Distribution
Information on relief from the New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund.

Federal Emergency Management Agency
The federal agency devoted to emergency relief.

Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey--World Trade Center Info
Relief information put together on Representative Nita Lowey's website.

World Trade Center Official Documents
A selective guide to the official government documents related to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority
The agency in charge of subways, buses and commuter trains gives detailed updates of how to get around downtown.


Civic Coalitions for Rebuilding

Civic Alliance
The Regional Plan Association has convened a Civic Alliance of more than 75 business, government, community and civic groups in New York and New Jersey, to ensure that the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan meets the highest standards of urban design, addresses regional infrastructure issues and represents the collective wisdom and vision of a cross-section of the city and region's civic, community, environmental and business leaders.

New York New Visions
New York New Visions is a coalition of 20 architecture, planning, and design organizations that came together immediately following the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. This group, representing over 30,000 individuals, has pooled the collective resources and technical expertise of over 350 professionals and civic group leaders in a pro-bono effort to address the issues surrounding the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan. Their emphasis lies in the physical design of the World Trade Center site.

Imagine New York
Imagine New York was a project designed to make sure that the public has a say in the future of the World Trade Center site through a democratic process. It was organized by a coalition headed by the Municipal Arts Society and including a number of other organizing partners. It held workshops around the city and region to gather public opinion from all New Yorkers about their thoughts on what and how to rebuild the city and memorialize 9/11. It ended its operations at the end of 2003.

R.DOT: Rebuild Our Town Downtown
The Rebuild Downtown Our Town Coalition, (R.Dot) is comprised of Lower Manhattan residents, businesses, community and business associations, artists, colleges, professionals, designers, public officials and appointees. The coalition meets regularly to develop an imaginative, sustainable design for the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan that creates the possibility of the area becoming a diverse, inclusive 24-hour residential and business community. Integral to this goal is the attraction of the intellectual, entrepreneurial, creative, and technological capabilities that empowers New York City's economy and the richness of its multi-cultural life. The coalition also supports the design of a fitting memorial for the September 11 tragedy.

Labor Community Advocacy Network
This caalition is a network of representatives from over 50 New York labor unions, community groups, research and advocacy organizations, and service providers. They advocate an approach to the rebuilding less centered around the physical structure of Ground Zero, with more of an emphasis on bringing back the jobs lost from September 11, promoting the construction of affordable housing downtown, and insuring that the rest of the city, particularly lower-wage workers and immigrants, are not left behind by the economic plan to rebuild.

The New York City Infrastructure Task Force
Formed to help build consensus on any decisions regarding reconstruction, amongst "private and public sector leaders, existing and newly formed governmental entities as well as concerned civic and community groups." The task force hopes to offer pro-bono, the talents of leading design professionals to aid the actual decision makers in identifying all the important questions raised by this issue.


Other Civic Groups Involved In Rebuilding

Seedco
Seedco is an organization that has been involved a great deal in assisting small businesses downtown after September 11. Among their many programs for assistance are the Lower Manhattan Small Grocers Initiative, the Lower Manhattan Small Business and Workforce Retention Project, and a publication called the September 11 Small Business Resource Guide.

Center for Downtown New York at Pace University (CDNY)
The Center for Downtown New York was founded to serve the community as an academic, research and civic leadership partner in the effort to revitalize lower Manhattan. CDNY will serve as a communications hub, provide an important link with the city's educational, governmental and cultural resources, encourage collaborative expertise, research and projects, and work to further civic competency in downtown New York during this critical time of recovery. More information on CDNY can be found at www.pace.edu.

New York City Partnership
An organization with a focus on business, New York City Partnership is involved in assisting businesses as they attempt to get back on their feet after September 11.

Wall Street Rising
Wall Street Rising is a coalition of businesses, industries and residents of the downtown community, dedicated to restoring the vibrancy and vitality that existed in Lower Manhattan prior to the devastating events of September 11, 2001.

The Tribeca Organization
The TriBeCa Organization, Inc. ("T.O.") was formed as a direct response to the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Its purpose is to create and support programs to restore the economic and cultural vitality and vibrancy of the TriBeCa area and to maintain the area as a viable residential community, cultural center and commercial market in light of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Similar to Wall Street Rising, it focuses on information exchange, counseling for businesses, and promotions to highlight Tribeca.

Planners Network
Held forum on evening of Friday, November 2, at Hunter College Social Work Auditorium, entitled, "Who Will Plan? What Will It Be? Economics And Politics Of Planning In The Wake Of 9/11"

The American Institute Of Architects, New York Chapter
The New York chapter of the national organization has joined forces with the New York New Visions coalition.

The American Planning Association (APA)
The American Planning Association has over 32,000 members and 48 local chapters throughout the nation. The New York Metro Chapter has 850 members in New York City, Long Island and Lower Hudson Valley. The New York Metro Chapter has been working extensively in the planning efforts to rebuild Lower Manhattan since mid-September.

Pratt Institute for Community and Environmental Development
As the oldest university-based advocacy planning organization in the country, PICCED's mission is to enhance the capacity of low- and moderate-income communities to develop innovative solutions to the physical, social, and economic challenges facing them. They are currently working on examining the impact of September 11 on low and moderate income households and promoting the participation of working groups on the issues of housing, employment and investment. They are also working on the Chinatown Planning Project and attempting to use baseline mapping to assist in an economic impact study of September 11on Chinatown.


News Sites Featuring Rebuilding

Newsday: New York City Rebuilds
Coverage of the rebuilding downtown in this special section of Newsday's site. Includes links to older Newsday articles and interactive maps of the downtown area.

ReconstructionReport.org
Supported by the Design Trust for Public Space, this site aims to encourage effective and informed public input into the redevelopment of the former World Trade Center site. Their coverage includes insider documents and analysis of the rebuilding process.

New York Times: 102 Minutes
This special feature by the New York Times gives a minute-by-minute detailed account of the experiences of people who survived the collapse of the towers and those who never made it out. Supported by supplementary interactive materials, including diagrams of the escape routes taken by some out of the towers, this section was pieced together with accounts of phone conversations and e-mail and voice messages.

LowerManhattan.Info: Information To Build On
This website is the centerpiece of the Lower Manhattan Public Information Campaign - an initiative that provides people who live in, work in and visit Lower Manhattan with essential news about the area and its redevelopment. Since its launch in September 2002, LowerManhattan.info has become a well-traveled resource, with over 110 million site hits to date and thousands of daily visitors.


News Sites Focusing On The Anniversary

NEWSPAPERS

New York Times: A Nation Challenged
The New York Times features archives of its news coverage, including images of the website's homepage and the print edition's front page from September 11. Comprehensive news coverage links to the paper's coverage on the war on terrorism and the effects of September 11 in the city. There is a searchable index of the victims of September 11 and the Portraits of Grief profiles written about each of the victims. Resources for students and teachers are also available.

New York Times Book Review: Reading 9/11
The New York Times Book Review's anniversary coverage includes a September 11 reading list and a critical essay by Walter Kirn about the themes and merits of the mountains of 9/11 books that appeared after the attacks "like flowers after a funeral."

New York Post: Special Coverage "Those We Lost"
The New York Post's "Those We Lost" anniversary section includes a list of all who died in the World Trade Center attacks, with their ages and occupations. The section also runs stories about the rescue workers who found the body of Rev. Mychal Judge, called "Father Mike," an interview with an 18-year-old whose father died in the attacks and a profile of a couple who met on Sept. 11, 2001.

Daily News - Special Coverage of 9/11 Anniversary
The Daily News coverage of the September 11 anniversary features an extended essay by Pete Hamill recalling the events of September 11 a year ago. Other stories about September 11 take a look at the impromptu memorials that sprung up around the city; stories of the workers at Ground Zero; the outpouring of money into charities set up to help aid victims of September 11 and their relatives; and a look at the cultural repsonse to 9/11.

Newsday: Special Section - 9/11 One Year Later
Highlights in Newsday's coverage of the 9/11 attacks include a feature on security one year later; profiles of survivors; excerpts from letters and artwork by students and children responding to the attacks; and a searchable list of anniversary-related events throughout the city and Long Island.

Christian Science Monitor - September 11: One Year Later
Christian Science Monitor takes a personal look at the one-year anniversary of September 11, with profiles of Muslims, immigrants and workers throughout the country expressing how they feel their worlds have changed in the last year.

Chicago Sun-Times: 9/11 One Year Later
The Chicago newspaper hosts a special section that features coverage of the impact of the attacks on Illinois and discussions with survivors and victims' relatives, as well as news coverage of changes in security.

Washington Post: One Year Later
The newspaper of the city that was also victim to the attacks last September 11 features articles about the aftermath of the suicide bombing of the Pentagon and the survivors. Also included is an interactive photo essay of photos from Ground Zero and words from 1,400 readers who wrote in to say how their lives were changed after 9/11.

Poynter.org Front Page Gallery: Comparing 9/11/01 and 9/11/02
Poynter.org, a journalism website, created a gallery last year of all the front pages of newspapers for September 12, the day after the World Trade Center attacks. This year, they have created a gallery comparing front pages from last year on September 12 with front pages this year on September 11.

MAGAZINES

The Economist: 9/11 One Year On
The Economist's section commemorating the anniversary of the September 11 attacks looks at how the U.S. has (or has not) changed, saying that 9/11 was like "a bolt of lightning that brilliantly and briefly illuminated the landscape without changing it. The storm passed."

Newsweek - Beyond 9-11: Stories of Hope and Survival
Newsweek and MSNBC focus on the survivors of September 11, with interviews of five who survived the attacks and an interactive audio portrait. The site also provides links to commentary about Ground Zero from Maya Lin, Rudy Giuliani and Anna Quindlen.

The New Yorker: One Year Later
The New Yorker's anniversary coverage includes a history of the World Trade Center site, reflective talk of the town pieces by three widows, and three poems that respond in different ways to September 11 2001.

People Magazine - United In Courage
People Magazine focuses exclusively on human-interest stories about September 11, with profiles of survivors and victims' relatives and articles about the contributions of the entertainment industry to charities after September 11.

Time Magazine - September 11: A Nation Remembers
Time Magazine highlights 11 profiles of "lives changed irrevocably" since September 11. Also included are a collection of Time Magazine covers since September 11 and a collection of photo essays, with images from the Fresh Kills Landfill and from Ground Zero.

TELEVISION STATIONS

BBC News - September 11th: One Year On
The BBC News website features a section about the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, with features about the war on terrorism as well as about the reaction in New York City and around the world. Aside from eyewitness accounts and recollections of the day, the site also features an animated guide to the collapse of the towers as well as a feature on the effect of the attacks on Chinatown in lower Manhattan. A photo essay also highlights images from Ground Zero.

CNN - America Remembers
CNN's coverage includes an interactive timeline of the events of September 11; news about the war on terrorism; a look at the cleanup of Ground Zero; and links to proposals sent in by readers.


Plans, Designs and Ideas for the Site

The Six Plans From The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation released their first six official plans for the World Trade Center site. Public comment continues through the end of the summer, with three newly revised plans to emerge later this fall.

CNN.com - World Trade Center Proposals
CNN.com has collected proposals for the World Trade Center sent in by their readers. At this site they showcase some of the most interesting ones they've received.

NYCSky.com
A website featuring a design from designer Chris Grayson. His design is marked by a 1700 foot obelisk at the site of the World Trade Center.

Visible Negative Space
A design by Oliver Söhngen presented at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's first public hearing

A Memorial and a Monument To America
Another design idea from the public hearing

Fox and Fowle: A New World Trade Center
Architecture firm's vision from the Max Protech Gallery exhibition
http://www.foxfowle.com/ev_cont.htm

Fred Bernstein's Harbor Memorial
A proposal to create two Twin-Tower-length piers extending into the harbor
http://www.fredbernstein.com/

Liberty Square
Franck Lohsen McCrery Architects -- Plan for the WTC Site

http://www.flmarchitects.com/wtc.htm

United We Stand - One German Artist's Conception
http://gurlpages.com/irberseder/index.html

Memorializing the Victims
Todd Simons, Designer and Co-Founder of Basis

Build The Towers
http://www.buildthetowers.org
http://www.buildthetowers.org/designs/wtc.asp
http://www.buildthetowers.org/designs/memorial.asp

Ground Zero Monument - One Suggested Design
http://www.groundzeromonument.com

Newsday's Photo Gallery from the Max Protech Gallery Exhibition
http://www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/ny-protetchgallery.photogallery

Up From The Ashes
MSNBC features a slideshow of designs from the recent Max Protech Gallery show
http://www.msnbc.com/news/690592.asp


Charities and Donations Information

NY Cares:
The NY Cares organization offers a constantly-updated list of volunteer opportunites for those wanting to donate their time to WTC-related events.

Liberty Unites:
President Bush has announced a website, www.libertyunites.org, for Americans to make online donations to various charities that will aid the victims of the attacks and their families.

World Trade Center Relief Fund:
Information on funding by the state government can be found by calling 1-800-801-8092, or writing P.O. BOX 5028, Albany, NY, 12205

Police & Firefighters:
To donate to the families and members of the Port Authority Police Department, send donations to: Port Authority Police, World Trade Disaster Survivors' Fund, c/o Port Authority PBA, Inc. 611 Palisade Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

The Leary Firefighters Foundation:
To donate to comedian and actor Denis Leary's fund, visit the foundation's website at http://learyfirefightersfoundation.org.

United Way:
To make donations to the September 11 Fund to aid victims and families of the attacks, call the United Way/ New York Community Trust Fund at 1-800-710-8002 or go to www.uwnyc.org. Checks can also me mailed care of the United Way, 2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

Trial Lawyers Care, Inc.:
Free legal services are available to victims and family members of the September 11 attacks who seek compensation under the new federal September 11 Victim Compensation Fund. Register with Trial Lawyers Care by telephone 1-888-780-8637 (English), 1-888-780-8682 (Espanol) or online at www.911LawHelp.org.

Blood:
To donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE BLOOD.

Red Cross
To make a donation, call 1-800-HELP NOW.

Helping.org
To offer further assistance, visit www.helping.org.


Resources For Nonprofits

National 9/11 Charity Database
The Better Business Bureau has created a database of nonprofit organizations responding to the 9/11 crisis. Click above to visit the special section on their website.

List of Resources for Nonprofits
The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York has set up this page on their website to help New York City nonprofits help other nonprofits that were affected by the disaster downtown.

Nonprofits Mobilize to Help
Independent Sector is compiling a list of how nonprofits across the country are mobilizing for emergency assistance and to offer comfort.

New Jersey Grantmakers Respond
The Council of New Jersey Grantmakers has compiled information about the responses of New Jersey grantmakers to the events of September 11.

Legal Advice on Disaster Assistance
The law firm of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, home of frequent NYRAG partner Victoria Bjorklund, has prepared a memo with advice how to provide disaster-relief assistance, either through contributing to existing disaster-relief programs or by creating a new program.

September 11 Fund Website
The September 11 Fund, a joint initiative of the New York Community Trust and the United Way of New York City, has a website, september11fund.org. Find the answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Legal FAQs from the Lawyers Alliance
The Lawyers Alliance of New York has prepared frequently asked questions (FAQs) on nonprofit issues, in order to provide general guidance to nonprofit organizations and pro bono attorneys who are assisting them in disaster relief. The organization is also prepared to assist nonprofits affected by or responding to the events of September 11th. Contact Lori Moses at 212/219-1800, ext. 231 or email lmoses@lany.org.

Managing in a New World
Read the materials prepared by the Conservation Company for a session sponsored by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York on how nonprofits can adapt to the post-September 11 operating environment. Click above to go to the Conservation Company's website, then click "Publications" and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Nonprofit Finance Fund
The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) has created a special program for New York City nonprofits recovering from the events of September 11th. NFF's Nonprofit Recovery Fund provides flexible packages of grants, recoverable grants and loans to help nonprofits return, financially speaking, to where they were before that day. The Fund serves nonprofits that have experienced physical damage to their facilities, are coping with interruptions of earned or contributed income as a direct result of the events of September 11th, or are responding to increased demand for services for victims of the attacks. To request financial assistance from NFF's Nonprofit Recovery Fund, or for more information, please contact Ann McKinnon at (212) 868-6710, at ann.mckinnon@nffusa.org, or log onto NFF's website.

Volunteer opportunities
New York Cares is organizing volunteers to aid in the recovery efforts. Sign up online for a variety of projects, from helping displaced workers and residents find jobs and other assistance to helping staff "Listening to the City" forums on rebuilding.

Foundation Center's 9/11 Response Site
Visit the 9/11 Response section on the Foundation Center's website for ranked lists of foundation and corporate donors, interviews with leaders involved in the relief and recovery efforts and a roundup of news about the philanthropic response to Sept. 11.


Looking Back on September 11

DigitalJournalist: Seeing The Horror
A mutlimedia look at the 9/11 attacks through the eyes of photojournalists.

The September 11 Archive
This site has assembled an archive of websites that chronicled September 11 as it happened.

Television Archive
Run by the same organization as the September 11 Archive, this is an amazing archive of television news broadcasts around the world preserved for viewing online.

BBC News: How The World Trade Center Fell
An interactive depiction of how the Twin Towers collapsed on September 11


Relatives of Victims Resources

Give Your Voice for WTC Victims' Families
http://www.giveyourvoice.com
Founded by the widow of a civilian killed at the World Trade Center, this group seeks to give families a voice in the recovery of remains and memorials to the victims.

Families of September 11
http://www.familiesofseptember11.org
Their mission stated on their website is "to promote the interests of families of victims of the September 11 attacks and support public policies that improve the prevention of and response to terrorism."

United Way of New York City
http://www.uwnyc.org
The United Way of New York City and the New York Community Trust established the September 11th Fund, which is being distributed to organizations that provide aid. This Web site provides information on how to apply for cash grants and obtain referrals to agencies that can provide assistance.

WTC Relief Info
http://www.wtcrelief.info
The office of the New York State Attorney General operates this site. Although it primarily serves the needs of New York residents, many of the charities listed on the site are national organizations that will help people in any part of the country. The site has a sophisticated search function that enables you to quickly identify the charities best suited to your needs.

WTC United Family Group
http://www.wtcunitedfamilygroup.org
Founded by the brother of a World Trade Center victim, WTC United Family Group is a support and information network for the families and friends of the victims and survivors of the September 11 attacks.

9-11 Widows' and Victims' Families Association
http://www.911wvfa.org
Founding by the widow of a New York City firefighter, this organization's chief goal is the dignified recovery of the victims' remains from Ground Zero.


Economic Impact Reports

Economic Impact of Terrorist Attack on New York City: A Fact Sheet
The Century Foundation January 28, 2002

Economic Impact of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks and Strategies for Economic Rebirth and Resurgence.
James Parrott, Fiscal Policy Institute, December 6, 2001

Working Together to Accelerate New York's Recovery
Economic Impact Analysis of the September 11th Attack on New York City. From the New York City Partnership

Back to Work Since September 11
CSS releases a position paper which addresses the impact of 9/11 on low-wage workers.


Resources For Businesses That Need Help

Seedco
Seedco is an organization that has been involved a great deal in assisting small businesses downtown after September 11. Among their many programs for assistance are the Lower Manhattan Small Grocers Initiative, the Lower Manhattan Small Business and Workforce Retention Project, and a publication called the September 11 Small Business Resource Guide.

New York City Partnership
An organization with a focus on business, New York City Partnership is involved in assisting businesses as they attempt to get back on their feet after September 11.

Wall Street Rising
Wall Street Rising is a coalition of businesses, industries and residents of the downtown community, dedicated to restoring the vibrancy and vitality that existed in Lower Manhattan prior to the devastating events of September 11, 2001.

The Tribeca Organization
The TriBeCa Organization, Inc. ("T.O.") was formed as a direct response to the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Its purpose is to create and support programs to restore the economic and cultural vitality and vibrancy of the TriBeCa area and to maintain the area as a viable residential community, cultural center and commercial market in light of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Similar to Wall Street Rising, it focuses on information exchange, counseling for businesses, and promotions to highlight Tribeca.


Information About Health Risks Downtown

Lower Manhattan air monitoring news
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/airmonit.html

NYC Department of Environmental Protection
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/home.html

NYC Health Department Responds to Concerns About Air Quality in Lower Manhattan
http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/public/press01/pr89-1005.html

OSHA Map of Asbestos Sample Data for Lower Manhattan
http://osha.gov/nyc-disaster/map.html

EPA Response to September 11
http://www.epa.gov/enviro/nyc/


Tributes and Remembrances

Here Is New York
An online collection featuring donated photographs from a Soho gallery
http://www.hereisnewyork.org/

NYC Diary
Metropolis Magazine chronicles impromptu memorials around New York City in this photoessay
http://www.metropolismag.com/html/content_1201/vis/index.html

The Memorial Quilt
An idea for a giant quilt made of photo image quilt blocks for each and every life lost on September 11th at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on Flight 93.
http://www.memorialquilt.com/default.asp

September's Mission: Remembering The Children
A short slideshow of drawings and poetry reacting to September 11
http://www.septembersmission.org/remembering/

Heroes by Marvel Comics
A comic book commemorating the heroes and the victims of September 11
http://www.marvelcomics.com/comics/onsale/1001/heroes.htm

9-11
Another comic book reflection on September 11, featuring artists and writers from DC Comics, Chaos! Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Image Comics. Includes a gallery and an e-comic
http://www.dccomics.com/features/911/911.html


Local Security Information

New York Police Department
Tips on how to handle suspicious mail, terrorism alerts and information on your precinct.

NYC Precincts, Community Boards and Neighborhoods
To find out which precinct you are in and for contact info.

Civil Liberties Resources

Electronic Frontier Foundation
An archive of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) & Open Government records.

American Civil Liberties Union
Essays, congressional archives and resources on national security and civil liberties.

Electronic Privacy Information Center
A public interest research center that focuses public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and seeks to protect privacy, the First Amendment and constitutional values.