New Yorkers seek normalcy in a post-9/11 world

By CHRIS HAWLEY | September 11, 2011 | 3:45 PM EDT

Owen Agin and Marly Berlin, both 3 and from Manhattan, fly in an airplane ride in New York’s Central Park with Tanya Berlin, 36, on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Beyond 9/11 commemoration events, life went on as usual for many New Yorkers. (AP Photo/Chris Hawley)

NEW YORK (AP) — Many New Yorkers say they're trying to pass the 10th anniversary of 9/11 as normally as possible, despite the attention on the worst terror attack in U.S. history.

Central Park was full of joggers and bicyclists on Sunday, and Times Square was full of tourists. Some New Yorkers went to museums or shopping.

Security was tight in lower Manhattan, and police were checking vans and trucks as they went into midtown. But traffic was flowing on many streets elsewhere on the island.

Kelly Dell Aquila said she took her children to the Victorian Gardens amusement park in Central Park because it seemed like a good day to enjoy being alive.