September in New York brings not only nicer weather and fall foliage but also the memory of 9/11 events. There are several ways you can commemorate the 13th anniversary of 9/11: from visiting the various memorial sites to joining a guided tour.
9/11 Memorial & Museum
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum was opened last May, almost 13 years after 9/11 events. The museum and memorial plaza are located on the ruins of the World Trade Center, near Ground Zero. The 16-acres memorial plaza includes two huge waterfalls and reflecting pools surrounded by hundreds of trees. The names of the victims of the 9/11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing are engraved on bronze parapets. The museum’s main exhibition is located underground, on the original foundation levels, and it displays photos, sculptures, video and sound exhibitions. There are also guided and audio tours for those who want to learn more about 9/11 events, the history of the World Trade Center and the process of its rebuilding.
200 Liberty Street, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10281
9/11 Tribute Center
The 9/11 Tribute Center is a small and intimate memorial center focusing on the personal memories of victims’ family and friends, survivors, rescue workers and other community members who were traumatized by event. Established by the September 11th Families’ Association, the 9/11 Tribute Center creates “a welcoming community of remembrance, reflection and healing”. There are also guided walking tours by guides with personal connection to September 11.
120 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10006
Ground Zero Museum
The Ground Zero Museum Workshop exhibits about 80 rare photos taken by Gary Marlon Suson, the Official Photographer of the Uniformed Firefighters Association and founder of this workshop, documenting the recovery process of the Ground Zero, as well as other related artifacts, such as a clock that stopped ticking with the collapse of one of the towers.
420 W 14th St.
New York, NY 10014
Tribute in Light
Tribute in Light is a colorful light installation displayed on the roof near the former World Trade Center site every 11/9 anniversary since 2002. The sculpture replicates the Twin Towers from 88 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs, reflecting strong light to earth and the night sky. Tribute in Light can be seen from Washington Square Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park and from various sites across New York City five boroughs and even from New Jersey.