September 11 Memorial Events in New York City

staff | September 10, 2009

  • World Trade Center Site Memorial Ceremony and Remembrance 2009
    The official New York City observance of the anniversary of 9/11 will take place at the World Trade Center site on the morning of Friday, September 11, 2009. In honor of the new federal designation of September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, family members will read the names of all 2,752 victims aloud. Each family member will be paired with a volunteer from the five boroughs who will represent the spirit of compassion and giving that unified New York City in the weeks and months following the tragedy.

    As always, four moments of silence will be observed to commemorate the times when each plane hit and each tower fell. At sunset, the famous “Tribute in Light” will return to the skies above New York City for the night.

    Friday, September 11, 2009. 8:40 am – 12:30 pm.
    Zuccotti Park, Liberty Street between Broadway and Church Streets
    Call 212-442-8953 for more information

  • September 11 Remembrance at Trinity Church
    Trinity Church will open at midnight for an all-night vigil and labyrinth walk. A Day of Remembrance service will take place from 12:30 – 2:00 pm.

    Friday, September 11, 2009
    Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street
    Calendar of services

  • The September Concerts
    The September Concerts are a series of free concerts held in locations around New York City and around the world to fill the skies with music every September 11th. In 2008, more than 100 concerts were held in New York City. For 2009, concert venues will include Central Park, the New York Public Library, the 42nd Street subway station, Rockefeller Center, Washington Square Park, the World Financial Center, and many more.

    Friday, September 11, 2009
    See listings for all concert locations and times

  • September 11 National Day of Service
    In March, Congress passed legislation to officially designate September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. This year, observe September 11th by helping people in need. Take the pledge to honor the victims, heroes and volunteers of 9/11 by taking time to help others on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

    September 11 projects in New York City that need your help

    Find out more about the September 11 National Day of Service and the MyGoodDeed campaign

  • 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial Annual Floating Lanterns Ceremony
    The New York Buddhist Church (NYBC) will present a floating lantern ceremony led by Rev. TK Nakagaki. This ancient custom is a symbolic representation of respecting the lives that have gone before us and also represents a light of hope for peace and harmony. This event is free and open to the public.

    Friday, September 11, 2009
    Pier 40 at West Houston Street and the Hudson River

  • 9/11 Memorial Preview Site
    This exhibition center opened a few weeks ago, and displays the future plans for the WTC location (including the memorial itself, which is set to open September 11, 2011). Visitors can share and record their own 9/11 stories in the “We Remember” exhibit’s audio booth. On Thursday, September 10 at noon, museum staff will discuss ways that you can contribute to future exhibits and participate in its programming. On the anniversary itself, however, the preview site will be open to the 9/11 community only.

    September 10-11 2009. 10 am – 7 pm
    20 Vesey St at Church St

  • New York City Fire Museum September 11 Memorial Service
    The Fire Museum will honor the city’s 343 fallen firefighters by reading their names and laying a wreath in the museum’s 9/11 room. The service will also include a salute by the FDNY Color Guard, a bagpiper from the FDNY Emerald Society and a speech by Salvatore Cassano, chief of the FDNY.

    Friday, September 11, 2009. 12 noon.
    278 Spring St between Hudson and Varick Sts

  • In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01
    This Emmy-winning HBO documentary, produced by Brad Grey, chronicles the attacks from the perspective of then-mayor Rudolph Giuliani and his staff. The 60-minute film—including photos and video footage and interviews with more than 100 witnesses—is considered a panoramic record of the day.

    Friday, September 11 2009. 3 p.m.
    Museum of the City of New York
    1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St
    $10, students $6.

  • September 11 Memorial Sing
    This year’s annual BAC Folk Arts’ memorial project features around 20 local singers from all walks of life performing original songs about the September 11 attacks. Brooklyn public-school teacher Eric Kivnick, helped his kindergarten students turn their memories of the day into a song called “Twin Towers,” and he and a group of the now-fourth-graders will perform the song today.

    Friday, September 11, 2009. 5 – 7:30pm.
    Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park
    26 New Dock St at the East River, Dumbo, Brooklyn

  • 9/11 Remembrance
    The names of each of the firefighters who died on September 11, 2001, will be read at this annual ceremony, organized by the Staten Island Firefighters and the Alice Austen House Museum. The ceremony will be held on the museum’s front lawn, with a view of the Manhattan skyline.

    Friday, September 11, 2009. 5 – 9 pm.
    Alice Austen House & Park
    2 Hylan Blvd at Edgewater St

  • Jay-Z benefit concert at Madison Square Garden
    All proceeds from Jay-Z’s Answer the Call show will benefit families of New York City police and firefighters who lost their lives on September 11.

    Friday, September 11, 2009. 8 pm.
    Madison Square Garden, Seventh Ave at 32nd St
    212-307-7171, $54.50.

    Sources:, TimeOut New York