Friday, September 12, 2014

NYU | First Assignment, 9/11 Anniversary

For my first assignment as a grad student at NYU, we were sent out in New York City to find a story—any story, any angle, any characters.

I found myself walking into the Trinity Boxing Club NYC and by a stroke of luck and curiosity, I found a gem of a story. It was published on Pavement Pieces—Check it out:

Martin Snow, 54, owner of the Trinity Boxing Club NYC on September 11, 2014. Photo credit: Christina Dun

The building started to shake, the sky turned black and smoke began piling in. Martin Snow and a dozen others found themselves in a gym locker room with wet towels under the door, awaiting their fate.

“I thought we were going to die that day,” said Snow, as he recalled the morning of September 11, 2011 on the 13th anniversary yesterday. “I really thought we were going to die.”

Snow, 54, is the owner of Trinity Boxing Club NYC. In 2001, the gym was located at 44 New Street, a few blocks away from the Twin Towers. After receiving a phone call from his sister about a plane crash, Snow went out to see it for himself. He was among the thousands of onlookers standing below, and like most people, he thought it was an accident.

“I saw this paper coming down, like confetti,” he said. “It was like a parade.”

Then came the second plane.

“We just turned and ran. There was an underground garage and we ended up being stuck down there,” he said. “The hardest part about that day was the decisions you had to make. Do I go up or do I stay down? Do I stay put or go somewhere else? That was the toughest part because you didn’t know what to do. These decisions were really life or death.“

Read the full story >>HERE<<

- Christina
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