Accession Number: C.2015.57.1
Credit Line: Collection 9/11 Memorial Museum, Gift of the New-York Historical Society, Courtesy of David and Sabina Cohen
Enclosed storefront display of sweaters, jeans, and t-shirts on hangers, racks, and shelves. Three American flags are hanging from the wall next to a display of three shirts on mannequin forms. Advertising material is also displayed. Everything is coated in a layer of dust.
Dust, ash, and debris from the collapsed Twin Towers filled the interior of Chelsea Jeans, a retail store on Broadway near Fulton Street. Store owner David Cohen resolved to capture the moment in time by maintaining part of the store as it appeared after 9/11. This memorial was seen by thousands, including rescue and recovery workers, people returning to work in the area, and those coming to Ground Zero to pay their respects. After a struggle to stay in business, the store closed in October 2002. The New-York Historical Society removed and preserved the memorial as documentary evidence.