The night before she was supposed to cover the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as a freelancer for The New York Times, Sarah Maslin Nir set the alarm on her phone for 5:30 a.m. She wasn’t nervous or worried. She’d gone to the parade every year growing up. But this was her first chance to get inside it.
On the morning of Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, Maslin Nir woke in her West Village apartment before her alarm clock went off. It was perfectly still and pitch black. In her foggy morning thoughts, she wondered who was in her apartment, who had a key, who was she fighting with? When she fully woke, Maslin Nir realized a man had broken in, and he was attacking her. She quickly stopped fighting back. Read more