While prayers and bowed heads were certainly the order of the day as the city marked the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorists attacks, some local residents opted to express their anguish, as well as their pride in their country, more creatively.
At a special 9/11 event at the Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street in DUMBO, residents read poems and performed songs they had written about 9/11 and how the city handled the tragedy head-on.
While some performed original tunes inspired by the historic day, others sang classic pieces that best described the mood they felt both when the Towers came crumbling down as well as on the days that followed, when the city crawled itself back from the brink of disaster.
But the performers in the Powerhouse Arena weren’t the only ones singing their hearts out.
Earlier that morning the Grammy award winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus based on Pacific Street participated at the city’s annual 9/11 memorial event at Ground Zero. They opened the services with “The Star Spangled Banner” and closed the event with Mariah Carey’s “Hero,” attendees said.