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Slideshow: A Downtown NYC View Of The Attacks

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- 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.

This program aired on September 5, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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