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This book will show what New York City looked like thru my camera lens after the traumatic event of 9/11. These photos were taken in late October, November, and December of 2001 in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan.
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This book will show what New York City looked like thru my camera lens after the traumatic event of 9/11. These photos were taken in late October, November, and December of 2001 in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781463448622
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 10/5/2011
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Remembering 9/11


Copyright © 2011 Larry David Yudin
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4634-4862-2


Its ten years later from the tragic events that occurred on September 11th of 2001. My life has changed so dramatically since then in many ways, and yet in many other ways, it seems that nothing at all has changed. As all New Yorkers reflect on what has happened, the very first thing that comes to mind for each and every one of us is; where were we and what were we doing at that time?

For me, this is so easy to remember, so clear in my mind, it seems like it was only yesterday that this happened. It was about 7:30 in the morning I was already making my 3rd sales call on a Mercedes Benz repair shop in Flushing, Queens. Jeff, the owner, was always not really happy to see me because he knew I was there to separate himself from some of his money, yet he was also always happy to see me because he always needed something and he was always pretty quick to give me an order and get me out of his shop. He usually ordered metric hardware from me, 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm nuts, bolts, and cap screws, or some chemicals like brake cleaner or some grease or shop supplies. About 7:45 in the morning as I was just about to leave his shop, his secretary who was listening to the radio said she just heard a report about a plane hitting the World Trade Center.

I wasn't concerned initially because I thought maybe it was a small plane or possibly a helicopter ... I remembered a helicopter had crashed trying to land on top of the Pan Am building a couple of years before this. It wasn't until maybe 10 or 15 minutes later when a report of another plane hitting the 2nd building down there that I became scared and I immediately knew that this was no coincidence. I immediately drove my car to Van Dam Street in Long Island City where I was able to see all the way downtown Manhattan. I was absolutely horrified to see Tower 1 smoldering and billowing with smoke, the same with Tower 2. I immediately turned on my car radio to listen to of all people, Howard Stern, who was on a station called K-Rock back then. I had come to know Howard at my four years at Boston University we were in a few classes together and I knew that he would be all over this story right away. He had me on his show a few times, once bumping a few people that had a scheduled appearance as I showed up unannounced. Since he has been on Sirius satellite he has refused to take a phone call from me not that I really cared. I recently cancelled my Sirius satellite mainly because I like the sports talk on am radio. New York City was a very changed city post 9/11 in many ways. Patriotism and love for our country was everywhere. The beautiful American flag was hanging from practically every building in the city. People were flying flags from their cars; people were literally running thru the streets with old glory, it was to me absolutely unbelievable to see.

You probably want to know why I had a camera with me.. My new company, Tifco Industries, had asked me to make what is called a validation binder of me. What is a validation binder or book? Very simple ... you take a picture of what a maintenance facility looks like before you do business there and what it looks like afterwards. My best photos came early down at Rutgers University where I found that they were buying from 3 of my competitors and everything was all in disarray, and rusted. I removed all 3 of those companies' bins and rusty old storage racks and replaced them with my new company's brand new shiny blue bins. The before-and-after pictures that I took validated me and my new company. I was able to show a prospective customer ... look what I can do for you.

I bought a very expensive camera from B & H Photo in NYC. I spent almost $ 2,000 dollars and I used high quality professional Fujifilm not the regular 35mm film that was commonly used. When 9/11 happened I was caught up in the fervor of patriotism. I decided to train my camera on all the flags I would see when I was traveling to see my customers. I shot 9 rolls of film all over the NYC area ... I had over 200 beautiful photos of old glory in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx. I had totally had forgot that I took these amazing pictures until this past April when I found them on the top shelf in a corner of my closet in my living room. OMG I started to cry when I looked at them it reminded me of what happened 10 years ago and what NYC looked like thru my camera lens. I needed to share these most fantastic pictures with not only with my fellow New Yorkers who will immediately recognize many of them but with also my fellow Americans. I have realized that I chronicled what NYC looked like back then to me ... lest we forget. I selected over 100 of my favorites to share with you. I hope everyone enjoys them as much as I do when I see them. May god bless America and may god bless its best city, the City of New York, my home, the city that I love so dearly.


Excerpted from TEN YEARS LATER by LARRY DAVID YUDIN Copyright © 2011 by Larry David Yudin. Excerpted by permission of AuthorHouse. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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