It is the fate of every New Yorker to experience the occasional catastrophe on this otherwise charmed island. There were the Draft Riots of 1863, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911, the Son of Sam in 1977, and, of course, the terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center in 2001. This past year was not without its own nameless, yet powerfully wrenching urban disaster. Manhattan, the world's playground, is not used to taking a recess, and so a full-blown recession strikes at the very core of not only this island's prosperity, but also its pride and its purpose.