New York Today: The Children of 9/11 – New York Times


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Delaney Colaio posed on Sunday with subjects from her film, “We Go Higher.”

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Good morning on this autumn Monday.

Delaney Colaio was 3 years old on Sept. 11, 2001.

Her mother had been getting her ready for ballet class that morning; her father had left the family’s TriBeCa apartment for another day at work on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower.

When the phone rang at their home that morning, her mother turned on the news. “I remember seeing her crying, seeing the towers on the TV and seeing a fire, and that’s all I really remember,” Ms. Colaio said.

Her father, Mark Colaio, and two uncles, Stephen Colaio and Thomas Pedicini, perished that day.

Although Ms. Colaio was told what happened at a young age, she said the reality didn’t set in until she was 12 or 13. Major milestones — like birthdays, graduations and anniversaries of the attacks (today marks 16 years) — have been extremely difficult, but even harder are “the little things,” said Ms. Colaio, now 18 and a freshman studying film at Quinnipiac University. “Would I have the same laugh as him or would I have the same sense of humor? My mom tells me that I do, but it’s just the unknown.”

Earlier this year, Ms. Colaio began working arduously on writing and directing “We Go Higher,” a documentary by and about children who lost parents on Sept. 11.

“We’ve committed to filming every single 9/11 kid that wants to be filmed,” she said. So far, they’ve interviewed nearly 70 of the more than 3,000 children who lost parents in the attacks, many of whom she was able to reach through the organization Tuesday’s Children. The current participants range in age from 15 — children whose mothers were pregnant then — to 52.

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“A lot of the kids felt as though they needed this now — they finally wanted to share their stories and to help other people,” Ms. Colaio said. “They don’t want the suffering to victimize them anymore.”

The project has been an “emotional roller coaster,” Ms. Colaio said. “What I’ve learned about myself is that it’s O.K. to not be O.K. all the time — I never cry, ever, but through this process, I’ve cried almost every week — and allowing myself to feel all of those feelings was a big personal growth that I’ve had.”

Of the film, she added: “For people who are going through what we went through now, I really hope that this can be a message that there’s life after grief. If something tragic happens in your life, that’s not the end. You have the ability to continue going and write your own story.”

The film, produced by Women Rising, is expected to premiere in 2018.

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It’s a beautiful day in New York City — sunshine, blue skies, temperatures headed for the 70s — and as we reflect and remember, we’ll leave it at that.

In the News

Taxi ownership, once seen as a guaranteed route to financial security, now leaves many deep in debt and facing a precarious future. [New York Times]

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Uppkar Thind has struggled to pay off a taxi medallion that he bought 11 years ago.

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Hiram Monserrate, a former councilman who was convicted of slashing his then-girlfriend in the face, is running for office again. And he could win. [New York Times]

Bees in a most unlikely location: atop the Jacob Javits Center. [New York Times]

The U.S.S. San Diego capsized after an explosion ripped a hole in its hull on July 19, 1918. The Navy hopes to determine the cause in time for the 100th anniversary of the tragedy. [New York Times]

Former Village Voice employees gathered over the weekend to celebrate the paper before it ceases print publication later this month. [New York Times]

A look at the people who wash and care for some of the oldest maps and architectural drawings of New York City. [New York Times]

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A conservator at the city’s Municipal Library, “dry cleaning” a centuries-old map of Brooklyn.

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Rats have become such a nuisance that Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal is hosting a “Rat Academy” to teach building owners and tenants how to keep them away. [West Side Rag]

Today’s Metropolitan Diary: “Doctor in the House

For a global look at what’s happening, see Your Morning Briefing.

Coming Up Today

Tribute in Light, a commemorative art installation, shines twin beams from the Memorial Plaza of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. 3 to 10 p.m. [Free]

Pop enthusiasts and musical theorists can take a class exploring Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in depth, at the Brainery Annex in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. 6:30 p.m. [$11]

The television writer Bill Persky speaks with Randy Cohen as part of Mr. Cohen’s “Person Place Thing” series, at the Writers Guild of America, East, in downtown Manhattan. 7 p.m. [Free]

An outdoor screening of “Star Wars: Rogue One” under the stars at Seton Park in the Bronx. 7:45 p.m. [Free]

Yankees at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (YES).

Alternate-side parking remains in effect until Sept. 21.

For more events, see The New York Times’s Arts & Entertainment guide.

And Finally…

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A walk in the park.

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The Williamsbridge Oval turns 80 today.

Now a recreational facility in the northwest Bronx, the park took many shapes and forms before becoming the “oval” as we know it today.

Beginning in the late 1800s, it was a reservoir — large enough to hold 120 million gallons of water — for residents of the borough.

In the 1900s it was transformed into a swimming hole, before being converted to an athletic site that opened on Sept. 11, 1937, by the “master builder” Robert Moses.

The Williamsbridge Oval was renovated as recently as 2013. You can check out upcoming activities here.

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