Our City. Our Story. profiles engaging New York personalities, from the everyday to the very well-known, examining the place that 9/11 has taken in the greater context of their lives. Through these stories we see how New Yorkers, and the city itself, responded, coped and persevered. The series is hosted by Jenny Pachucki, an oral historian, and is produced by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center.
The Activist: Marian Fontana
Marian Fontana lost her husband, FDNY firefighter David Fontana, when he was killed on Sept. 11 – the anniversary date of their wedding. Fontana recounts meeting her husband and the early years of their relationship, her turn to activism after 9/11 and her work founding the support nonprofit September 11th Families’ Association.
An Incredible Gesture: Manju Shandler
Overwhelmed with emotion like so many New Yorkers and Americans in the wake of the attacks on 9/11, Manju Shandler sought to ground herself through the process of making art. Manju reflects on how art helped her process the magnitude of loss, creating an individual painting for each of the 2,977 people killed that day. The piece – called “Gesture” – was once on display at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.
A Hollywood Tale: Chazz Palminteri
From the streets of the Bronx to Hollywood, Chazz Palminteri reflects on his childhood and his rise in the film industry. Best known for his film and Broadway show “A Bronx Tale,” the actor, screenwriter and director learned about 9/11 while in Los Angeles. With commercial airline operations shuttered, he drove cross country to get back his hometown.
Public Radio Boss: Laura Walker
New York Public Radio president & CEO Laura Walker is a native New Yorker who grew up appreciating the art and culture of the city. She reflects on her decision to stay on-air on 9/11, the power of “call talk” and how 9/11 continues to be an important topic in the news.
The Sculptor: Eric Fischl
In 2001, artist Eric Fischl created a sculpture in response to the 9/11 attacks called, “Tumbling Woman.” The piece initially caused controversy when it was unveiled. Fischl talks about the New York art scene in the 1970s, the process of creating “Tumbling Woman,” and how it felt to see it on display for the first time at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum years after he first created the piece.
The Fourth Estate: Andrea Bernstein
Andrea Bernstein takes you through her 9/11 story as a journalist running towards the towers to get the public the information it needed. She would later cover the long rebuilding process. She joined WNYC radio in 1996 and has covered government, politics, transportation and more. She is the Peabody Award-winning co-host of the Trump, Inc. Podcast and senior editor at WNYC.
With love and respect
I have watched every survivor story I could find. Brian Clark and Stanley Priamnath feel like my friends, I have listened to their amazing and inspiring stories countless times. Im always searching out survival stories I haven't heard yet. SO wow, you came along like an answer to prayer with ALL these incredible experiences. It would be helpful if we could ever have a video to go with it, but I trust your judgment on that. (Where can I find season one of this?)
Amazing tribute & history
I look forward to the new episode every week! I love hearing these interesting stories of different people in different places all at the same time in the city.
Helaina’s story is so moving. It’s one thing to be an adult going through a major traumatic event such as 9/11. It’s quite another to have been so young and innocent as was Helaina and hundreds of thousands of other children in New York. Her voice is now their voice. What an amazing young woman she has become. She truly is truly a living testament to human resilience and hope.