Liberty Street: Encounters at Ground Zero

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Writer and feature filmmaker Peter Josyph spent a year and a half combing the streets and the debris-blasted buildings of Ground Zero, talking with workers and residents, and capturing its struggles and transformations. This book is a haunting record of the extraordinary world that was created on September 11 and has now vanished forever. While much attention has been focused on the interior of Ground Zero, the surrounding neighborhood has been largely ignored. Loyal Downtowners who ran for their lives from the ...
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Overview

Writer and feature filmmaker Peter Josyph spent a year and a half combing the streets and the debris-blasted buildings of Ground Zero, talking with workers and residents, and capturing its struggles and transformations. This book is a haunting record of the extraordinary world that was created on September 11 and has now vanished forever. While much attention has been focused on the interior of Ground Zero, the surrounding neighborhood has been largely ignored. Loyal Downtowners who ran for their lives from the collapse of the Twin Towers returned with a resolve to restore their world to order. Exploring this "dust-driven world of collateral damage," Josyph documented their struggle at a time when the bans against photography made him "a spy in the house of destruction." Misinformed and marginalized by city and federal agencies, the neighborhood was on its own in coping with toxic infestation, landlords, insurers, and simple access to the place they were proud - and cursed - to call their home. Josyph finds in every detail new ways to envision that morning, and challenges more simplistic, mainstream views of Ground Zero with portraits of exceptional New Yorkers who made a place for themselves in that tragic and transitory neighborhood.
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Editorial Reviews

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“This is an amazing book that explores a world that was never seen by those outside of New York City.” — Sacramento Book Review

Praise for the First Edition

“Josyph’s vivid accounts of being near Ground Zero long after September 11…create a clear picture of a singular time in a unique neighborhood, and his decision to ignore regulations and film the neighborhood’s reconstruction is one that will prove essential to the historical record.” — Publishers Weekly

“In Liberty Street, Peter Josyph, an author and filmmaker, transforms his documentary film about the attack and its aftermath into a personal, impressionistic, almost poetic account. . . . He artfully weaves together transcripts of his interviews…to produce what he describes as ‘eyewitness studies of how urban catastrophe impacts the population and transforms the psychic and physical form of the city.’” — New York Times

“From the eyewitness reports of the survivors of September 11, Peter Josyph has distilled a powerful, gripping rendition of that most infamous act in recent history. To read this book is to be plunged headfirst into the blood, dust, and chaos of that day. A masterful piece of journalism.” — Richard Selzer, author of Knife Song Korea: A Novel

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584655510
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 5/31/2006
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Josyph is an award-winning writer, painter, actor, and filmmaker. He is the author of What One Man Said to Another: Talks with Richard Selzer; editor of The Wounded River: The Civil War Letters of John Vance Lauderdale, M.D., which was a New York Times Book Review’s Notable Book of 1993; and editor of Letters to a Best Friend by Richard Selzer, also published by SUNY Press. He lives on Long Island.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Behind the Green Door

1. What’s Burnin Now
2. Worse for Them
3. I Have to Work with This
4. Just Don’t Let a Cop See you
5. Cats’ Claws, Twisted Beams, Big Red Crane
6. Minuteman
7. The Nausea

Part II. Touching People

8. The Mud People
9. I Lost My Benchmark
10. Mister Mark Stays for Breakfast
11. Mister Mark Stays for Breakfast
11. Dark Science
12. Notes on Dust

Part III. Asking Questions

13. David Frank: At Work with the North Tower
14. William Langewiesche: National Correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly
15. Tex Mccrary: First Resident of Battery Park City
16. James Creedon: New York City Paramedic
17. Jason Mazzone

Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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