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 13 Days: The World Trade Center13pt

Prologue: September 3

Waiting in line, March 2000

I’ve been up to the observation deck of the south tower three times. The first time was in March 2000 with my youngest brother.

Looking toward Midtown, Labor Day

My most recent visit was on Labor Day, eight days before the attack. It was a beautiful day, and I was with a few friends after brunch in Tribeca. None of them had been to the towers before.

Last time

Tribeca & Soho
Observation deck, south tower

When we stepped onto the plaza between the two towers I spread my arms and said “Welcome to ground zero of the next war.”

Just over a week later I would be proven horribly right.