Remembering Windows on the World

Windows on the World was a complex of venues at the top floors (106th and 107th) of the North Tower of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan that included a restaurant, Windows on the World, a smaller restaurant called Wild Blue, and a bar called The Greatest Bar on Earth, as well as rooms for private functions.

Windows on the World was destroyed when the North Tower collapsed during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. At the time of the attack on the World Trade Center, the restaurant was hosting regular breakfast patrons and the Risk Waters Financial Technology Congress. Everyone present in the restaurant when American Airlines Flight 11 penetrated the North Tower survived the plane's impact but perished because of smoke inhalation during the ensuing conflagration, jumping or falling to their deaths, or the eventual collapse of the tower 102 minutes later, as all passages to below the impact zone were blocked.

At the time of the attacks, present in the restaurant were 72 restaurant staff members (including acting manager Christine Olender, whose desperate calls to Port Authority police represented the restaurant's final communications), 16 Risk Waters employees, and 76 other guests/contractors. The last people to leave the restaurant before Flight 11 collided with the North Tower at 8:46 AM were Michael Nestor, Liz Thompson, and Geoffrey Wharton, who departed at 8:44 AM.

In Memory of Jeffrey Alan Coale

In Memory of Jeffrey Alan Coale

Jeffrey Alan Coale was 31 years old. Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, lived in Souderton, Pa. Jeffrey worked in the Windows on the World complex at the top floors (106th and 107th) of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

9/11 - 10th Anniversary Tribute Video

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Barack Obama to visit three attack sites on 9/11 anniversary

President Barack Obama will attend anniversary ceremonies on September 11 at the three sites where terrorists launched their deadly US attacks a decade ago, the White House said on Tuesday.

The president will participate in commemorations at each of the three locations where we lost so many loved ones: in lower Manhattan, in Shanksville Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon.

The September event in New York will coincide with the unveiling of a memorial plaza including reflecting pools on the footprints of the destroyed Twin Towers.

Robert De Niro to host 9/11 documentary for CBS

Robert De Niro will host a new version of the documentary 9/11 for CBS. Directors Jules and Gedeon Naudet first premiered 9/11 on CBS in 2002 and have now updated the film with new interviews with rescue workers.

The Naudet brothers filmed the initial response of the Ladder 1 firehouse to the September 11 terror attacks, capturing one of only three known recordings of the north World Trade Centre tower being struck by a hijacked plane.

De Niro, who introduced 9/11 when it debuted on CBS nine years ago, will film a tour of the World Trade Centre memorial to be shown during the telecast. Oscar-winning actor De Niro founded the Tribeca Film Festival in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks to aid in New York City's recovery.

Jules and Gedeon Naudet's new cut of 9/11 will air at 8pm ET on September 11 on CBS.

9/11: The Filmmakers' Commemorative DVD Edition is available at and Please use the links below.