Gothamist: At Ground Zero, Relief And Pride In Bin Laden’s Death

By Bethany O’Grady

In the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, media outlets from around the world have swarmed Lower Manhattan near the World Trade Center site, where tourists and New Yorkers are trading patriotic sentiments with each other in front of the cameras. The somber mood typically shared by visitors to the site has, for the most part, been replaced with proud triumphalism. One Brooklyn resident celebrated bin Laden’s demise with gusto in front of a captivated audience; standing on a bench at the corners of Cedar and Liberty streets, he held the ‘Flag of Honor’ with the names of those who perished in the attacks almost a decade ago.

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