New York is still reeling almost two months following the attacks on the World Trade Centre.

While it is now seven and a half weeks since the Twin Towers came down, the site is still smouldering. Trucks carrying debris mixed with the ashes of four thousand missing people leave the site in a solemn parade. As recovery work continues, the massive mound of rubble is almost gone. Recovery workers have now moved into the underground sections of the towers.

The first thing you notice as you walk towards the World Trade Centre site is the smell. It's like a mixture of burnt rubbish and sewage. One woman describes how the smell changes daily depending on what is happening on site.

The recovery work also continues on surrounding buildings affected by the attack and the collapse of the two towers. One man describes how all the windows at 22 Portland Street are being replaced after they were blown out.

The shock and devastation of the people of New York is visible and continues. Relief workers, charities and volunteers attempt to console them.

Not surprisingly, the area around Ground Zero is now the biggest tourist draw in the country. But you can pick out the native New Yorkers. They're always the ones who are crying.

Businesses around the Trade Centre remain shut. Shoe shiners have only recently returned to their pitches although without some of their old friends who perished in the attack. They are still learning of more people lost in the devastation.

Despite the noise of the clean up operation, there's still a quietness and a sadness in the air. No matter how people here try to get back to normal they can not forget what has happened.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 November 2001. The reporter is Carole Coleman.