May 1 - Sep 11

Helaina Hovitz Reflects on Life 'After 9/11' at The Seaport

Helaina Hovitz was 12-years-old and in middle school three blocks from the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. Her memoir 'After 9/11' encapsulates the journey of a girl growing up with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after living through the events of 9/11 firsthand, chronicling its effects on a young girl at the outset of adolescence.

On the 16th anniversary of the attacks, as the Lower Manhattan neighborhood continues to rebuild and flourish, we stop to reflect as listen to Helaina read from some of her most powerful passages and take us back almost two decades to the days, weeks, and months following Sept. 11 as the community now known as the Seaport District struggled to survive life in a war zone.

In many ways, After 9/11 is the story of an entire generation growing up in the aftermath of America’s darkest day. It is the story of a group of children who directly survived September 11th, 2001 and bore its invisible scars for the rest of their lives. It's the story of a neighborhood and a community that, once forgotten and in terminal mourning, has found its own new beginning again. And, for one young woman, it is the story of a survivor who, after witnessing the end, got to make a new beginning.

The event is being sponsored by The Howard Hughes Corporation and Clinton Hall Seaport, who will offer free, classic NYC refreshments like the quintessential jumbo hot pretzel.

Please RSVP by September 11th at 3PM, as space is limited, and arrive before 6:30pm to gain entry.