#New York

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The New-York Historical Society to honor 9/11's 20th anniversary with historical context

Next week, America will observe the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. To honor the moment, the New-York Historical Society, which has existed as a cultural institution since 1804, will stage a series of installations and film screenings that strive to provide understanding and context around what New Yorkers collectively experienced on the horrifying day of history. The experience will take place throughout Saturday, September 11, and will include the ethos-filled relics, including a damaged fire truck door from the first responders to arrive on the scene and candles, notes and mementos retrieved from memorials erected in the immediate aftermath.
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Scenes from Ida’s Chaotic, Tragic Night in New York

There were some warnings yesterday afternoon about the storm headed to New York: the sky turned steel-gray, emails from utility providers alerted people of possible outages, and amber illuminated signs over the freeways and bridges warned of rain and flooding. But after a summer of record rainfalls, no one seemed to be on high alert. Hurricane Henri had come and gone — what was another tropical storm? But at 9 p.m., phones across the city lit up with a flash-flood warning — the first ever for New York City. Then the deluge: more than 7 inches of rain in some parts of the city, and a record-smashing 3.15 inches in one hour in Central Park. Subway stations were filled with torrents, the BQE and FDR were brimming, and even a ramp to the Brooklyn Bridge flooded. The water that surged into basements in Queens and Brooklyn trapped and killed at least eleven people.