Slideshow: A Downtown NYC View Of The Attacks

I turned on my roommate's little TV and hopped in and out of the window, trying to watch the real thing and the TV at the same time. My view from the balcony was larger and clearer, but the TV might tell me what I was seeing.
I turned on my roommate's little TV and hopped in and out of the window, trying to watch the real thing and the TV at the same time. My view from the balcony was larger and clearer, but the TV might tell me what I was seeing.

- A reporter’s notebook -

I transferred from Brandeis University to New York University in September 2001 when I was 18. I didn’t know the city or anyone in it. I was assigned to live in a condo-style dorm at 80 Lafayette St., a few blocks south of Canal Street in Chinatown.

The bright side, it seemed, to living a mile and a half from campus, next to a homeless shelter and across the street from a jail, was the view. By climbing out my bedroom window on the 12th floor, I had access to an illegal balcony with a great view of the World Trade Center, just 10 blocks away.

Click an image to start the slideshow. The captions include Rachel’s commentary.