4 Days in New York City - 9/8 - 9/11

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Day 3 - 11 Memorial - 9/10/13

The 9/11 Memorial is located at the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. The World Trade Center was a 16 acre commercial complex built between 1966 and 1987. It contained seven buildings, a large plaza, and an underground shopping mall.  The centerpieces of the complex were the twin towers with over 1,360 feet tall, they were the tallest buildings in New York City.  Both towers has 110 floors and together provided nearly 10 million square feet of office space for 35,000 people and 430 companies, attracting tens of thousands of commuters and tourists daily.  The complex even had its own zip code: 10048. 

 The 9/11 Memorial opened on the 10th anniversary of the attacks on 9-11-2011 and that is what we are visiting today. 

We took the subway as you get off this is what you see... Tall buildings.



This building looks really interesting to me with the ornate windows.


It is a good 10 minutes walk before you get to the memorial park from the subway.

We went by a small area where people can sit down and relax or they can eat their lunch here and enjoy the weather.


Food trucks are lined on the side so it is convenient to buy and then sit at the rest area.


We are now at the 9/11 Memorial.  The tall building you see is the newly build tower named One World Trade Center and is the primary building of the new World Trade Center complex.  The tower has 104-story that stands on the northwest corner of the 16-acre of the World Trade Center site and it is occupying the former location of the original 6 World Trade Center. 

Once the final component of the skyscraper's spire was installed it made  One World Trade Center the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth-tallest skyscraper in the world by pinnacle height. Its spire reaches a symbolic height of 1,776 feet (541 m) in reference to the year of the United States Declaration of Independence. It has been the tallest building in New York City since April 30, 2012, when it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building.

The entrance of the 9/11 Memorial.

Visitors can access the Memorial by presenting a visitor pass at the 9/11 Memorial Entry at the northwest corner of Albany and Greenwich Streets.

We were in New York on August of 2011 and at that time it was still in construction so we did not get to see it.  It is interesting to see a huge difference between 8/2011 and now click on LINK to see the difference.


There are at least 4 or 5 security check points before you can get in actual 9/11 Memorial park.

We are now going through security check here.  We came on 9/10 just because we knew that on 9/11 this place will be really crowded.



The two 9/11 Memorial Pools (North and South) have been created at the precise location where the Twin Towers once stood.


It really beautiful and also very sad to be here.


The 9/11 attacks killed 2,977 people from more than 90 nations.  The oldest victim was 85 years old; the youngest was two. More than 400 were responders who died performing their sworn duties.


Memorial plaque for flight 93.

Of the four aircraft hijacked on September 11, Flight 93 is the only one that did not reach its intended target, presumed to be the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Several passengers and crew members made telephone calls aboard the flight and learned about the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. As a result, the passengers decided to mount an assault against the hijackers and wrest control of the aircraft. The plane crashed in a field in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania, about 150 miles (240 km) northwest of Washington, D.C., killing all 44 people aboard, including the four hijackers.


More views of the South Pool

Memorial Plaza surrounds the pools with acres of trees.

All the trees in this park are swamp white oak with the exception of a Callery pear tree known as the "Survivor Tree".


Survivor tree.

The "Survivor Tree" was planted on the original Word Trade Center plaza in the 1970s, and stood at the eastern edge of the site near Church Street.  After 9/11, workers found the damaged tree, reduced to an eight foot tall stump, in the wreckage at Ground Zero,

The tree was nursed back to health in a New York City Park and grew to be 30 feet tall, sprouting new branches and flowering in the springtime.  In March 2010, the tree was uprooted by severe storm, but true to its name, it survived.  In December 2010, the tree returned to World Trade Center site.  Standing just west of the South pool, it embodies the story of survival and resilience that is so important to the history of 9/11.  Today the tree is supported by temporary guide wires as it takes root.

Here is an article about re-planting the tree back to the original site.






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