In 2019, a Brooklyn judge exonerated Bladimil Arroyo after the DA found police coerced him into making a false confession for a killing that took place on Sept. 16, 2001. A review found the terror attack was a factor in a disjointed case.
Will Jimeno was buried under the rubble when the Twin Towers collapsed on 9/11. It took him years to start emerging from feelings of guilt, anger and fear: “I want to inspire people to know that you can overcome whatever tragedy you have.”
Ailing first responders consistently report better mental health-related quality of life than average Americans, a new FDNY study found. Cases in point: NYPD Det. Luis Alvarez and Firefighter Ray Pfeifer, who fought for the Victim Compensation Fund Act before they died.
While the physical damage of the Trade Center attacks was concentrated in Lower Manhattan, the emotional fallout could be felt miles away in neighborhoods where victims had lived. In the city’s least populous borough, the loss is “ingrained in our DNA.”
Almost 100 people enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program have died from the virus, though advocates believe many others beyond the registry have succumbed. Meanwhile, thousands left vulnerable by 9/11 illnesses have contracted COVID.
The terror attacks showed how schools can offer mental health support after an unprecedented crisis, experts say. But because no two disasters are the same, the city faces new challenges in helping students forever upended by the pandemic.
From handball courts to building walls, New Yorkers have filled neighborhoods across the city with heartfelt tributes to those lost. Some murals have weathered the years, while new works bring the art of mourning to the present.
The exposure of the NYPD’s sprawling surveillance program is seen as a turning point for many in the Muslim and South Asian communities — a moment that galvanized neighbors to organize and become more civically engaged.
The last re-building block of the World Trade Center could be a 900-foot residential skyscraper on the former home of the Deutsche Bank Building. A quarter of its 1,325 apartments are earmarked for “affordable housing” — but local 9/11 survivors want more.
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July 29 is the last day to register with the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund for two key groups: those with pre-certified illnesses from the attack, and those filing on behalf of people who died before 2019.