Surviving in Ground Zero's Shadow

Five years after September 11 shook their lives and livelihoods, small-business owners in lower Manhattan are adapting to the area's growth and hardships

For Peter Muscat, the owner of a liquor store three blocks from Ground Zero, his business' health was not a top priority when the World Trade Center was attacked on September 11. But keeping Maiden Lane Wine and Liquor going soon became a daily struggle. Muscat says he was denied a Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan because he didn't want to use his house as collateral, and had to dig into his life savings to make it through a year when business all but stopped (see, Fall, 2005, "After the Chaos").

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