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Last Updated: Monday September 11 2006 06:00 GMT

New York isn't a scary place

Sylvie

It's the fifth anniversary of the terrible events that happened in America on 11 September, 2001.

But 12-year-old Sylvie says that New York is now getting back to normal and it's time to move on.

"I love living in New York - it's a cool, unique and interesting place.

But I do remember where I was on 11 September, 2001.

I was at school and I could see the smoke from the burning buildings of the World Trade Center.

Terrible attack

It was frantic, I saw people running down the street, everyone was confused because they didn't know what was going on.

The attacks on the World Trade Center were terrible because so many people died.

But even though it was a huge tragic event, I think we have to move on and not just think of New York in terms of what happened on 11 September.

New York at night
New York at night
Can't change time

I think a lot of people now only think of that when they think of New York.

It's still sad but you can't change time and you do wish all the people who died were still alive.

I haven't been to Ground Zero for a long time, I am sometimes in the area but I don't go and look at it.

It's not something you really think about, you are just getting on with your life.

Great place

Now on the fifth anniversary I think New York is getting back to normal, although there's a lot more security.

I think the one thing that has come out of all of this is to realise that your family and friends are extremely important.

And to remember that New York will always be a great place."

Sylvie, 12, New York


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