There's a lot of history I could write up on this event 20 years ago, but I feel people are quite familiar with the story and the lives lost. I was 10 years old at the time was pretty concerned. I recall having visions of enemy helicopters landing in our backyard in rural New Jersey. I'll account this to recent memories of the Middle East and Operation Gulf Storm from a 10 year's point of view.
It's somewhat unsettling that the attack was conceived, planned, and carried out from my home city, Jersey City.
From Terrorists to Brooklyn-like 'all-too-creative' business owners in 20 years, It's amazing how much Jersey City has changed. It's quite evident in HBO's Path to Paradise, filmed on location in Downtown JC. Scenes are shot from Grove and Newark Streets to Paulus Hook. The 'Path to Paradise' was produced in 1997 and has some excellent shots of the Towers back then. Filmed in Jersey City many locations and bodega are recognizable. It's spilt over 10 parts on YouTube, see the embed below.
As a historical foot note, this event resulted in changes to emergency procedures at the World Trade Center that saved lives on September 11th. People took evacuations seriously and knew what to do. The Vista Hotel was above the blast radius. On September 11th a small area of the building's structure survived the South Tower's collapse and protected those inside. From accounts I've heard, this happened because it had been re-enforced in the rebuilding after the '93 attack.
Below are some of AP Photographer's images from February 26 along with my family's photos of the Towers in 1993, including the opening to NBC Nightly News that evening.
HBO's "Path to Paradise" 1997
February 26, 1993 - Opening to NBC Nightly News