911 World Trade Center Memorial
Years ago when I first visited New York, I visited the World Trade Center and remembered being awestruck by its grandeur, size and boldness in the Manhattan skyline. Thus, this time, when I returned to New York, it was a necessary visit to the 911 Memorial to see how not only the area, but its people, have changed in the aftermath of a terrorism attack.
In the areas around the memorial, you would be able to see new developments taking the place of the former glory of the World Trade Center. A new financial district is being rebuilt to bring back life to this part of New York – and in the picture on the left, you can see that one of the office buildings is almost complete. Somehow, it seems rather similar to the Bank of China Building in Hong Kong with its glass exterior…But, like the World Trade Center, once completed, it will take the reign of the tallest building in New York when completed (it might be of interest to know that the tallest building in New York as of now is the Empire State Building – a position it once held till the former World Trade Center was built).
Admission to the memorial is free – but it would be advisable if you make a booking on http://www.911memorial.org prior to your visit. This would save you the long queues for walk-in tourists, and it would certainly make for a more pleasant experience by simply keying in your booking reservation number at the 911 Memorial Preview Site. During my visit, it only took me 5 minutes – saving me from the long queues that I estimate would take about an hour or so before you can get a ticket. You will be subjected to security screening, and inappropriately dressed patrons will not be allowed into the memorial site.
Once inside the memorial area, you would be greeted by sprawling water fountains with names of the victims along the edges of it. It is certainly a majestic sight to behold – and an appropriate memorial feature for victims of September 11.
Unfortunately, the World Trade Center Museum is not ready yet, but its architecture is striking, and it would certainly be an excellent opportunity to visit once ready. Meanwhile, just take a look at the pictures below for the areas around the site!
To visit the Center, I would recommend using the Subway:
- A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4 or 5 trains to Fulton Street: exit onto Fulton St. and walk west to Church St. Walk south and turn right on Thames St.
- 2 or 3 trains to Park Place: exit onto Church St. Walk south and turn right on Thames St.
- E train to World Trade Center: exit onto Church St. Walk south and turn right on Thames St.
- R train to Rector Street: exit onto Trinity Pl. Walk north and turn left on Thames St.
- R train to Cortlandt Street: exit onto Church St. Walk south and turn right on Thames St.
- 1 train to Rector Street: exit onto Greenwich St. Walk north to Albany St
Hours of Operation:
Note that the hours vary according to season. Visit http://www.911memorial.org for more information.