On September 11, 2001, New York City was rocked to its core. But amidst the chaos, some people attempted to document that day and the days surrounding, so that future generations may understand what it was like, and learn. here is new york is a collection of almost 6,200 photographs from September 11, 2001 and the weeks following, a rotating selection of which is on view in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History.
Originally displayed as here is new york: a democracy of photographs at 116 Prince Street in SoHo, the impromptu exhibit collected photos from amateur and professional photographers alike, depicting everything from cars covered in dust to members of the FDNY to signs praying for peace. The New-York Historical Society has taken a leadership role in compiling, cataloging, and exhibiting historical evidence related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and its continuing consequences. This collection registers for posterity the historic significance and magnitude of the events of September 2001.