Mayor to New York: Get back to business of life
NEW YORK (CNN) -- As the death toll mounted from last week's terror attacks on the World Trade Center, Mayor Rudy Giuliani had some practical advice to New Yorkers: Return to your normal routines.
"There are going to be times when people just cry, but they have to be able as best they can to get back to work," he said Saturday, as workers continued searching the ruins of the World Trade Center for victims and survivors of the September 11 attack. "Get back to enjoying their lives, and also stop being afraid.
"That doesn't mean you can get rid of the emotion. It means overcoming it, going out and doing the things you normally do."
One segment of New York City life that has returned with a vengeance is traffic, which jammed much of Midtown Manhattan on Thursday and Friday as cars, diverted from the closed Holland Tunnel, waited hours to get through the Lincoln Tunnel to New Jersey.
But if traffic patterns are back to their annoying sameness, much else about life in New York is not. Emotions tend to bubble just under the surface of the most banal of interactions.
At a Greek diner in Midtown, for example, two women embraced in sobs Saturday as servers quietly carried plates of food around them and diners granted them a certain level of privacy by looking away.
At Smith's, a working-class Irish bar in the theater district, rescue workers relaxing after 12-hour shifts found they couldn't buy themselves a drink; too many other patrons were willing to do it for them
'Honor the people'
Giuliani, meanwhile, has been telling people to remember the dead by getting on with their lives.
"I think you would honor the people who are missing and the people who died if you did that," he said. "After all, they died to protect our normal way of life."
He applauded fans who attended a Mets game against the Atlanta Braves in Shea Stadium on Friday night, which the Mets won, 3-2.
An avid Yankees fan, Giuliani was there, too. "I even got cheered at Shea Stadium, something that made me very nervous," he joked. "I thought we had gotten very weird."
The mayor said he felt better when fans started booing Braves third baseman Chipper Jones. "It does show we're going back to normalcy when Met fans begin booing again."
Prayer service scheduled
While the city moves forward, it will pause Sunday afternoon to mourn its dead and missing with a prayer service at Yankee Stadium, to be simulcast at stadiums in Staten Island and in Brooklyn. Security remains a concern, said officials, who noted that no bags, backpacks, umbrellas or bottles will be permitted at the stadiums.
Leaders of the Jewish, Catholic, Protestant and Muslim faiths are to lead the crowd in prayers. Leading the ceremonies will be actor James Earl Jones and talk-show host Oprah Winfrey.
In addition, singers Placido Domingo, Lee Greenwood, Bette Midler, and the Harlem Boys and Girls Choir are to perform.
Most of the tickets are to be given to family members of the dead and missing, as well as to rescue workers, though a limited number of tickets will be given to the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis.
"The prayers are for the people missing, the people who have died, and for America and for everyone that survived," Giuliani said.
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