World Trade Center and 9/11 Images

Many of my friends have asked me to share my experience of the tragedy that happened on September 11, 2001, so here it is. — I would see the Twin Towers when I walked out of my home and often took pictures of them reflecting the light and looking different every day. I’ve put some of my favorite photos of the World Trade Center on the left side and my pictures from 9/11 on the right.

I was going to get my car tuned in New Jersey and saw one of the World Trade Center’s towers on fire. I pulled off the road into Liberty State Park, sat on a bench there and then saw a plane fly low over the harbor and crash into the other tower. It was the worst thing I have ever seen. It broke the fabric of reality and has changed the way we live. Since then I’ve been thinking of the words of Winston Churchill, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” I think we must go forward and not let them stop us. We must tell our leaders to work for peace on Earth.

Photo taken from the Turnpike on the way home from a rock show in New Jersey in 1975.

Photo taken from the Turnpike on the way home from a rock show in New Jersey in 1975.

Downtown Manhattan taken from the New Jersey turnpike. 1975. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Photo from the same highway on Sept 11, 2001.

World Trade Center, NYC - 2001
Photo from the same highway on Sept 11, 2001.
Photo from the same highway on Sept 11, 2001.

The Twin Towers taken from the New Jersey turnpike after the first plane hit. September 11, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Sunset reflects on the Twin Towers.

Sunset reflects on the Twin Towers.

Twin Towers taken at sunset from New Jersey. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The south tower explodes after the plane flew into it. A few minutes later a policeman closed the park and I headed home.

World Trade Center, NYC - 2001
The south tower explodes after the plane flew into it. A few minutes later a policeman closed the park and I headed home.
The south tower explodes after the plane flew into it. A few minutes later a policeman closed the park and I headed home.

The view taken from New Jersey of the second plane entering the South Tower. September 11, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The view at dawn from my apartment.

The view at dawn from my apartment.

The World Trade Center taken at dawn from Westbeth Studio, NYC. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

When I reached Jersey City, the tunnel to NY was closed so I parked and walked to the waterfront. By the time I got there, the south tower had fallen. A cop told me to move to the next street over.

When I reached Jersey City, the tunnel to NY was closed so I parked and walked to the waterfront. By the time I got there, the south tower had fallen. A cop told me to move to the next street over.

Taken from Jersey City shortly after the south tower fell. September 11, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

New York City from the Staten Island ferry.

New York City from the Staten Island ferry.

Southern Manhattan taken from the Staten Island Ferry, NYC. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

By the time I had gone around the block, the north tower had fallen.

By the time I had gone around the block, the north tower had fallen.

A view taken from New Jersey of the aftermath of both towers having fallen. September 11, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

A late afternoon shot from my roof.

World Trade Center, NYC
A late afternoon shot from my roof.
A late afternoon shot from my roof.

Twin Towers taken from the Westbeth Studios roof, NYC. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Ferry boats started arriving bringing victims from the city.

NY Waterway Ferry, NYC - 2001
Ferry boats started arriving bringing victims from the city.
Ferry boats started arriving bringing victims from the city.

Ferry arriving in New Jersey bringing over victims of 9/11. September 11, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The towers had an amazing ability to reflect the light.

World Trade Center, NYC
The towers had an amazing ability to reflect the light.
The towers had an amazing ability to reflect the light.

Twin Towers taken from the westside of Manhattan, NYC. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Many people came to help.

World Trade Center, NYC - 2001
Many people came to help.
Many people came to help.

EMT workers and volunteers helping 9/11 victims upon arriving in New Jersey. September 11, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Dawn on West Street in the 1970's.

Dawn on West Street in the 1970’s.

Twin Towers taken at dawn from West Street, NYC. 1970's. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

These men had their silk ties wrapped around their injured feet.

These men had their silk ties wrapped around their injured feet.

9/11 victims after arriving in New Jersey via the ferry. September 11, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Another afternoon shot from my roof.

Another afternoon shot from my roof.

The World Trade Center taken at sunset from the Westbeth Studios roof, NYC. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

Our local firehouse in the Village lost many members.

West Village Fire House, NYC - 2001
Our local firehouse in the Village lost many members.
Our local firehouse in the Village lost many members.

Fire house that lost many members on 9/11 located in the West Village of NYC. September 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The NY skyline from the Lower East Side.

The NY skyline from the Lower East Side.

Downtown Manhattan taken from the Lower Eastside, NYC. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

It was heartbreaking for weeks afterwards to see the homemade missing persons signs all over the city.

It was heartbreaking for weeks afterwards to see the homemade missing persons signs all over the city.

Missing persons wall erected after 9/11 in NYC. September 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

This 2001 picture of the Trade Center is from a boat on the Hudson River. You can see the full moon between the towers.

This 2001 picture of the Trade Center is from a boat on the Hudson River. You can see the full moon between the towers.

The World Trade Center taken from a boat on the Hudson River, NYC. 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com

The day after the attack, I saw this man marching down Fifth Avenue with his flag. I realized many people would want to go to war and it made me very sad.

Man with American Flag, NYC - 2001
The day after the attack, I saw this man marching down Fifth Avenue with his flag. I realized many people would want to go to war and it made me very sad.
The day after the attack, I saw this man marching down Fifth Avenue with his flag. I realized many people would want to go to war and it made me very sad.

Man with American flag marching down 5th avenue at 13th street, NYC. September 12, 2001. © Bob Gruen/www.bobgruen.com Please contact Bob Gruen's studio to purchase a print or license this photo. email: info@bobgruen.com