I lived (and still do) 2 blocks from the WTC site. I didn't see either plane hit, but I do remember getting out of the shower, hearing a very loud screeching sound (it was the UA
plane which must have flown directly over my building) and feeling a tremendous shaking of my apartment building, followed by a quick flickering of the lights and then a loud boom.
As there was alot of construction going on lately on West Street (just outside the building and across from the WTC), I didn't think it was anything - maybe a dump truck or something.
Anyway, the phone rang a minute later and it was my Uncle in Milwaukee telling me that New York is under attack and to look out my window.
I looked out and saw WTC #2's upper 1/3 in flames and lots of papers in the air- like confetti.
Being so close to the buildings, I decided it would be best to leave and go to the office (down at 26 Broadway, about 3/4 of a mile from the WTC). Me and my office-mates hunkered down there for the rest of the morning.
The collapse of each tower was deafening, followed by absolute pitch black darkness outside due to all the dust and debris. We didn't get to see daylight again for almost an hour after the second tower collapsed.
To make a long story short, it wasn't until 3 days later that I actually was able to get TV
reception at a local hotel where we had to relocate to for 2 weeks. Being right in the middle of the story - we were starved for news - at least for the first day.
Still live in the neighborhood - we've bounced back well - but every so often when I hear a plane flying over to land at LGA
I must admit it sometimes brings back memories.