The Day | A Measure of Peace

Essex StreetAdrian Fussell

Good morning, East Village

It started at 8:46 a.m. Then again at 9:02 a.m. Two buildings stood burning — one for 56 minutes, the other 102 minutes.

Each building took 12 seconds to fall.

Since that day the world has remembered the nearly 3,000 people, who were lost on September, 11, 2001 and the families that were forever altered.

In the East Village, the tragedy brought a spirit of community to areas like 14th Street and  Avenue A, where people gathered under Chico Garcia’s mural and agreed to “remember that time we all grieved together.”

After time, though, the murals were covered and the people wondered if the man responsible for creating that scar in their lives would ever be caught.

Now, 3,518 days later, an answer, a moment of justice and, perhaps, a measure of peace.