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New York and 9/11: Five Years Later

REFLECTING: Al Gambacorta and his wife, Pam, of Buffalo, N.Y., take in a memorial at the Pentagon to those killed in the Sept. 11 attack there. Pentagon officials say they can’t keep accurate track of terrorist recruiting trends, especially as Al Qaeda has evolved. (Kevin Wolf / AP)
TOURISTS: A group visits ground zero. Tourists are traveling to the city in record numbers, a sign of a rebounding economy. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
RIDE TO REMEMBER: Members of the Christian Motorcyclists Assn. pray at the end of their ride in New York in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
MEMORIAL: Visitors peer into the windows of a fire station near ground zero where a memorial has been built. New Yorkers say visions of that morning five years ago still haunt them. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
VISITING GROUND ZERO: James Doherty of Long Island carries his daughter after going to the World Trade Center site. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
SHARING IDEAS: Scott Star, left, and Eric Williams talk to people about Sept. 11 coverup theories in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park. Williams, a former pastry chef, has written two books on the attacks and devotes six to eight hours a day to researching and writing. He also hosts an Internet radio show and website. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Patriotism remains strong in New York, as flags fly on many buildings in lower Manhattan. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
GETTING THEIR WORD OUT: A group of people took to the streets and parks to distribute information regarding their views on Sept. 11 and questions that they say remain unanswered. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
‘IT’S A VERY SAD THING’: Bernadette Hogan, a psychologist, says she experiences occasional moments of panic: “New Yorkers are more anxious than they used to be.” (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
MEMORIAL: In Manhattan’s Inwood Hill Park, New York police officers look among 3,000 flags that carry the names of Sept. 11 victims. Since the 2001 attack, the city has largely regained its edge, but many residents describe persistent uneasiness and flashes of panic. (Shiho Fukada / AP)
ALIVE BUT CHANGED: Five years after the attack on the twin towers, Lower Manhattan is bustling with tourists and vendors. This year 44.4 million have visited the city, up from 35.3 million in 2002. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)