Local History

20 years and 82 floors later, Chris Hardej knows fate was on his side on 9/11

20 years and 82 floors later, Chris Hardej knows fate was on his side on 9/11

Two decades have now passed since Chris Hardej, a Bensonhurst resident who, at that time, was 41 and had relatives living in the Shandaken area, told the story on the day after the tragedy of how he walked down all 82 stories, made it out of No. 1 World Trade Center before it crashed down as No. 2 collapsed. He managed to make his way out of the neighborhood and over the Brooklyn Bridge on foot.  

What the newspapers said 100 years ago

What the newspapers said 100 years ago

The ‘‘Our towns’’ column is compiled each month by Carol Johnson of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection. The entries have been copied from the July issues of the New Paltz Independent. To get a closer look at these newspapers of the past, visit the staff of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at the Elting Memorial Library at 93 Main Street in New Paltz, or call 255-5030.