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September 12Community and Neighborhood Recovery at Ground Zero$
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Gregory Smithsimon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814740842

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814740842.001.0001

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Oasis to Epicenter

Oasis to Epicenter

Battery Park City in the Year after September 11

(p.118) 4 Oasis to Epicenter
September 12

Gregory Smithsimon

NYU Press

This chapter examines how Battery Park City residents recovered from the devastation of their social community and physical surroundings due to the September 11 attacks. It first describes the effects of 9/11 on Battery Park City, including the dramatic alteration of the shape and space of the neighborhood, and how residents used the parks, street corners, playgrounds, plazas, and promenades of Battery Park City to develop bonds with other residents. It shows that residents used their neighborhood not as public space open to all but as community space to reconnect, recover from trauma, and rebuild community networks. However, community space also reciprocally encourages an exclusive definition of the neighborhood.

Keywords:   trauma, Battery Park City, September 11, public space, community space, community networks, social community, physical surroundings

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