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Were you in NYC on September 11? There's a fascinating article in the NY Times about psychological and perceived differences between New Yorkers who were here on September 11, 2001 and those who were not. Lots of interesting quotes, like:

“I think for the people that seen it on TV, it is more painful than for the people who saw it here,” said Paolo Gonzalez, 29, who manages a parking lot under the Brooklyn Bridge and who saw the attack. “For the other people it was real. If you was here, when the buildings came down the only thing you were thinking was, ‘Run.’ ”

“I’ve been told that I just don’t get it and that I could never understand what it was like to be there in New York on Sept. 11,” said Laura Bassett, 27, who moved to the city from North Carolina after 2001. “I hate that five years later, people still debate which bystander is allowed to be more upset, the New Yorker or the American.”

Some pre-9/11 New Yorkers don't understand why Ground Zero is so interesting to post-9/11 New Yorkers, while newcomers to the city just want to better understand what happened. While there are obvious differences between those who were here and those who weren't on that day, they don't take away from the fact that it was a terrible tragedy for everyone. You could have been walking home in the city after the attacks happened, live far away and still have a loved one who was killed. One small thing we regret is that new New Yorkers never knew what it was like to stand on the Avenue Americas and see the World Trade Center and know that was south - small, simple moments like that. It's certainly not about street cred. (This also makes us wonder how effective the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation's new ads asking where you were when you heard will be.)

This comes as the NY Times also announces that a poll finds two-thirds of New Yorkers worried about another attack - 69% versus only 22% of the nation. There are other interesting numbers - for instance 60% of New Yorkers are not interested in working at the new WTC on a high floor.

Photograph of the World Trade Center burning from Marty Lederhandler/AP (file)