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June 21, 2005

9.11 Message (2)

The following message is excerpt from the e-mail I received from my English conversation teacher just after the 9.11 attack.
As she referred in her e-mail, my office was located in One World Trade Center.
One year before 9.11 terror, my head office decided my NY office's closing down.

She is a nice lady a little elder than me, although she always looks so young.
I learned many things from her, not only language, but also culture and heart of New Yorker.

She loved her son so much.
Someday, when we were taking the short break in her lesson, she asked me if I was bringing my family's photo. I replied, "No".
She chuckled and told me, "You SHOULD do it. I am always bringing my son's photo."
I was so astonished because I knew she lived with her nice boyfriend, but I didin't know that she had a baby.
Eventually, she showed it to me. There was a old lovely big dog in the picture.

Nine months after that lesson, her son got sick. His recovery was hopeless.
After the lesson in cold December, she told me, "I saw him off to the Heaven last night."
She also told me that she had been with her boy friend through all night.
She couldn't help dropping her tears in front of me, and in public in Lower Manhattan.
That was the day before Xmas Eve.

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Hello
I'm fine, but I'm so, so sad about what has happened. I have thought about you often since this happened and can image how upset you must be.
The WTC was such a big part of your NY life. It makes me cry when I look at where it should be and it is gone. People here in New York are still in shock, but everyone is trying to do whatever they can to help. I have told many of my friends about you. In retrospect the closing of your office saved your life. So things that seem terrible at the time (the closing of your office) can turn out to be blessings. I hope you are able to contact your friends. This is such a terrible tragedy. Please take care of yourself and your family.

Be well.

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June 16, 2005

9.11 message (1)

I hereby start introducing several e-mails received from my friends in New York just after 9.11.

The meaning of this introducing is applausing their bravery, friendship, and devotion.
More than 5 years has passed already since that happened, but these e-mails recalls me of New Yorker's brave spirits.
The first one is from my teacher in NYC. He had once worked for NYC office.

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Dear Yasuo,

We are both OK and have not been physically affected by the WTC disaster,although two of our relatives were involved. My niece ***** was working in her office across the street (Broadway )and heard the first plane hit, saw the second plane hit, and saw the first building collapse before she left on foot to walk uptown to where she was able to get a ferry to New Jersey and then a train to her home in Edison, NJ. The husband of my niece *****, who is a NYC Firefighter, arrived at the WTC right after the collapse of the second tower, and he has been working with the rescue teams since then. I know many others who worked or lived near the WTC, but have not yet been able to find out if they are safe because the phone lines and cell phones have been overloaded. I don't know whether any of the other people who worked at the TMG office continued working for any other agencies or businesses in the area.
As a result of the disaster, the NYC primary elections were suspended and voting will resume on Sept. 25th. The City Council elections were especially important because of term limits. In my area of Jackson Heights we have seven candidates, all well-qualified, attempting to get the seat being vacated by **** ******. This is the effect of the generous City matching funds being offered to candidates.
We are still trying to assess what the short- and long-term effects of the WTC disaster will be for the city and national economy. (Just a few weeks ago the WTC buildings had been sold to a major real estate development company, Larry Silverstein Properties, and plans were being proposed to use the proceeds to finance a major low and middle income housing program to relieve the housing shortage that has become severe with the recent growth of the population of NYC from immigration.
Please give our best regards to anyone who knows us, and if you have the time send me some of the E-mail addresses of our old friends.

Sincerely,

**** & ******

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I use *** instead of their real name to protect their privacy.


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June 06, 2005

NYCHA

New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the biggest public housing authority in the United States.

NYCHA's Web Site

This year is the commemorative 70th year since its foundation.
NYCHA is managing more than 180 thousands units in 5 bourogh area, and they are also providing voucher for low-income people.

As you may know, NYC has been accepting huge number of immigrants from abroad. Many of them must rely on public housing.

This February, I sent a congratulation message via e-mail to NYCHA.

Below is the reply from them:

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Dear Mr.******* :

Tino Hernandez, Chairman of the New York City Housing Authority, has asked me to respond to your recent letter of congratulations.

Thank you very much for your kind words and regards as we celebrate 70 years of public housing in New York City. The Chairman was very happy to hear from you and to know that you find our web site of use.

As you probably know from reading our web site, NYCHA is the largest public housing authority in North America. But with only 345 developments and 2,694 buildings and 181,856 units, we are small in comparison to Tokyo. Good luck and best wishes to you and your colleagues.

Sincerely,

Howard Marder
Public Information Officer
New York City Housing Authority

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I think it's very important that we exchange daily info, experiences, data, etc., for improving our businesses.

Not only bussiness end but also cultural side, we should enhance such exchanging messages.

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