Remembering September 11 in NYC

| September 7, 2012 6:45 AM

As the 11th anniversary of September 11th approaches, here are just a few of the many ways to memorialize that day.

The Tribute in Light shines two beams into the night sky, which call to memory the Twin Towers. Flickr/ arijit-saha.

The Tribute in Light

Sept. 11, dusk to dawn.

This stark physical reminder of not only September 11, but of the World Trade Center towers, was first presented on March 11, 2002, just six months after the attacks. It is now shown every year on the anniversary of the tragedy. The illuminated memorial extends four miles into the sky and is visible from 30 miles away. The two light rays cast the strongest shaft of light ever projected from Earth. The Municipal Art Society has a list of best viewing locations.

The 9/11 Memorial

Open daily, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. through Oct. 8; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Dec. 31

The 9/11 Memorial, two reflecting pools that sit in the exact former location of the Twin Towers, is the official memorial to all who died and sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001.

According to a representative of the Memorial, it has seen a steady stream of 4 million visitors since opening on September 11 last year. The museum is busiest in the morning hours, but according to the rep,  a great time to visit is when the sunset is reflected in the pools. Tickets must be reserved ahead of time. The memorial will be closed to the public on September 11 to host the annual ceremony for families of victims.

A view of the World Trade Center North Tower memorial pool at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. AP/ Susan Walsh.

A museum is planned for the site, but no date has been set for its opening because of an ongoing dispute with the Port Authority over funding. Until then, those who want to commemorate the day can visit the Preview Site or the 9/11 Memorial Visitor Center.


9/11 Unity Walk

Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. at Washington Square Park, Manhattan

The Unity Walk has taken place for many years across the country and is a chance for people of “faith and goodwill” to remember the tragic events of 9/11.  The event strives to bring members of religious communities together to find a common bond and to embrace their differences. The walk visits religious communities as it makes its way south to St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church at 22 Barclay St., where it ends with a short service at 5 p.m. The World Trade Center site is one block south.

The Children of Abraham Peace Walk

Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. at the Kane Street Synagogue, 236 Kane St., Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

The mission of the Children of Abraham Peace Walk is to promote religious tolerance and to "commemorate the spirit of friendship." Flickr/ Fellowship of Reconciliation

This peace walk in promotion of religious freedom was formed by interfaith Brooklyn religious leaders following the September 11 attacks. Its mission is to promote trust among neighbors.  For a list of stops along the walk, check out the flyer.

Cultural Organizations

Arts groups and museums throughout New York City are hosting concerts, exhibitions, workshops and other activities honoring the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Here are highlights from our partner  NYC-ARTS.

9/11 Exhibit at the Trinity Museum

Ongoing, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.;  Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Trinity Church, Broadway and Wall streets, Manhattan

Artifacts from the eight-month-long 9/11 ministry at St. Paul’s Chapel will be displayed in the exhibit “A Church for the New World: The History of Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel” at the Trinity Museum inside Trinity Church. St. Paul’s, part of the parish of Trinity Wall Street, became a place for Ground Zero recovery workers to eat, sleep and come to terms with what had happened on September 11, 2001. The new display includes a photo of the interior of St. Paul’s during that time, one of the pews that rescue and recovery workers rested on–marked with scuffs from their tool belts, and a sample of the thousands of children’s letters and drawings that were sent to the chapel.

American Contemporary Music Ensemble Performs Steve Reich’s Complete String Quartets

Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., Manhattan

ACME will give the first ever performance of Steve Reich’s complete string quartets together in one concert. The program includes “Different Trains” (1988); “Triple Quartet, version for three string quartets” (1998); and “WTC 9/11 version for three string quartets and tape” (2010). This is the world premiere of the all-live version of “WTC 9/11,”  and composer Steve Reich will be in attendance. Tickets are $30.

The Table of Silence Project 9/11

"The Table of Silence Project 9/11" is a free public tribute to 9/11 and features more than 100 dancers. Photo by Terri Gold.

Sept. 11 at 8:15 a.m., Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza, Columbus Ave., at 64th St.

Jacqulyn Buglisi and Buglisi Dance Theatre is partnering with Dance/NYC and more than 100 dancers from the New York dance community to perform “The Table of Silence Project 9/11.” This public tribute to 9/11 and ritual movement for peace was conceived by Buglisi and Italian artist Rosella Vasta. The performance concludes symbolically at 8:46 am. Free.  Read more about Buglisi and this work, here.

The Young People’s Chorus of New York City Commemorates Those Lost on 9/11

Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and at 8:46 a.m. at Ground Zero.

The chorus will sing the National Anthem in the morning at Ground Zero before the annual reading of the names of those lost at the World Trade Center 11 years ago. At 7 p.m. they perform at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the free annual “An Evening of Remembrance and Celebration.” The concert is free.


  • Kevin

    Tweeting a 9/11 Commemoration @ICNY: Recounting the World History of “The Golden Rule”

    every civilization and faith tradition in the history of the world has
    espoused some form of “The Golden Rule,” a belief that all human beings
    should treat each other with care and respect. Tuesday, September 11
    (the eleventh anniversary of 9/11) seems an appropriate and constructive
    time to contemplate the universal value of The Golden Rule.

    We invite everyone to follow @ICNY
    on Twitter and join us in reflecting on The Golden Rule, and share your
    thoughts on how we can all better exercise this tenet in our daily
    lives. The event will start at 12:00 am on Tuesday, September 11, as
    ICNY begins to tweet the world history of The Golden Rule on Twitter,
    and continues for 24 hours, as we broadcast excerpts from the earliest
    written references from ancient Babylon, China and Egypt, the
    philosophical writings of Greece, Rome and India, and messages from
    founders of the world’s religions, large and small.

    Were you taught The Golden Rule as a child? Does it have any meaning
    for you today? How can we all exercise The Golden Rule in the city of
    New York, and around the world? Please join us on Twitter anytime
    during 9/11, and add your voice to the conversation.

  • Patriot

    WE REMEMBER 9-11
    By Chele Stanton

    Smoke billows rolled
    As planes shattered glass
    Concrete and steel
    The trees and the grass

    An enemy attack
    On the Land of the Free
    How could this happen
    How could this be

    Our hearts gripped with fear
    In sheer disbelief
    Unbearable sorrow
    One hardly could speak

    As evil sought triumph
    Through catastrophic strife
    Towers fell and buildings crumbled
    Tragically ending innocent lives

    We cried out to God
    Fell down on our knees
    Hugged our families, friends, and strangers
    Helping anyone in need

    It was a day where we placed
    All our differences aside
    We were Americans facing tragedy
    With courage, tears, and battle-cries

    We remember 9-11
    Those who paid the highest price
    Those who bravely tackled evil
    Those whose courage rescued lives

    Unfathomable terror
    Unfolded before our eyes
    A day where heroes would die
    And warriors… would rise.

    We remember 9-11
    Our lives forever changed
    Those whose heartbeats too soon ended
    Shall not have died in vain

    Though evil fought for victory
    The death of freedom was their prize
    Americans will not bow to terrorists
    And Our Freedom… Will… Survive

    We remember 9-11
    Yet our hearts, our hopes our dreams
    Remain alive
    Now hear our cry

    We remember you, the sons and daughters, the fathers and mothers, the sisters and brothers, the aunts and uncles, the cousins, nieces, and nephews, the neighbors and strangers… the rich and the poor, the young and the old, the weak and the strong…

    We remember you, the firemen, the policemen, the paramedics, nurses and doctors… the pilots, and passengers, the flight attendants, and co-workers… the citizens of New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania… and all those whose lives were forever changed because of the atrocities thrust upon this nation by a group of terrorists hell-bent on destroying our freedom and democracy, and our American way of life…

    We remember you, our men and women in uniform, in the United States Marine Corps, the Navy, the Army, the Air Force and the Coast Guard…

    For those who gave their all and for those continuing the fight for freedom to keep our Country safe… May GOD BLESS YOU and may GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  • Richard and Traci Baez


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