Liberty Street

Encounters at Ground Zero

Peter Josyph
eISBN-13: 9781438444215

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When writer and feature filmmaker Peter Josyph spent a year and a half combing the historic streets and debris-blasted buildings of Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, talking with workers and residents, capturing its struggles and transformations, he became what he calls a "citizen-artist," personally shooting over two hundred hours of footage for his film Liberty Street: Alive at Ground Zero, and writing this haunting, eyewitness account of the extraordinary world that was created on September 11 and has vanished now forever.

When the Ground Zero neighborhood was misinformed and marginalized by city and federal agencies, it was left to its own devices in coping with round-the-clock deconstruction, toxic infestation, corrupt landlords, reluctant insurers, and simple access to the place they were proud—and cursed—to call their home. But loyal Downtowners who ran for their lives from the collapse of the Twin Towers returned with a resolve to restore their world to order. Exploring this "dust-driven world of collateral damage," Josyph documented their struggle at a time when there were few there to witness it, and bans against photography made him "a spy in the house of destruction." In what the New York Times called "a personal, impressionistic, almost poetic account," Josyph finds in each detail a new way to envision that terrible morning, and he challenges the more simplistic, mainstream views of Ground Zero with vivid portraits of brave, exceptional—and complex—New Yorkers who made a place for themselves in that tragic and transitory neighborhood.

This expanded edition includes a new chapter and additional photographs.

ISBNs 9781438444222, 1438444214, 9781438444215
Language English
Number of Pages 343