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Wall Street Workers Try To Get Back To Business

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It's been seven days since the tragic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Wall Street is almost unrecognizable to those who work there.

"I don't know where I am, that's how I feel," said one woman who works in the area. "I just don't know where I am."

Thousands of people spent their morning Tuesday trying to find their way through the maze of police barricades that surround what's known as the "Frozen Zone."

"To see it up close, no words can describe it," said one man.

Said another: "You still in a sense feel your heart praying for the people that passed away and the people they're looking for."

And even while the financial markets reopened to a record low Monday, there's still a sense of optimism in the smoky air.

"I'm just kind of going through the motions, you know," one Wall Street employee said. "The federal government is behind everybody...I think that's a positive sign."

"It's funny, gratitude and grief go hand and hand. I'm happy I'm here but I'm sad that many others aren't," said another worker. "I don't think it's hit me yet. It hasn't hit a lot of us yet."

Outside the Frozen Zone, some businesses are beginning to return to normal, depending on which side of the metal barricade their business falls on.

"It's going to be tough," said one man, whose father owns a local business. "We have rent to pay, bills. I'm just helping my Dad - he's the one who has to pay these bills, I'm just helping him out. We're just cleaning up. It's kind of tough."

It seems it's still a little early to tell what will happen to the neighborhood surrounding ground zero, but while business is beginning to get back to normal, life on Wall Street i

s anything but.

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