Sept 11 Memorial & Museum
Downtown in the Financial District where the tall and picturesque Twin Towers, or the World Trade Center, once stood there is now a recently completed memorial, museum and new World Trade Center building. The architecture of the memorial took years and is a true homage to the bravery of New York City during the scary times of September 11, 2001. Fourteen years later, the square around the National September 11 Memorial is bustling daily with tourists and locals who come to see the amazing structure and pay respects to the victims of the attacks, whose names are engraved in bronze all around the two memorial pools. The memorial consists of a forest of trees, with two square pools placed exactly in the footprints of where the two towers once stood. The pools are 30 feet deep, with waterfalls cascading downwards into a dark pit. Gaze into the reflecting pools and feel the solemn yet strong unity that is so characteristic of New York City after the attacks. Visit the “Surviving Tree,” a tree that was badly burned in the fire but managed to survive and grow. In you museum you can browse thousands of images, artifacts and personal histories of victims and heroes. This is an important stop to make for anyone seeking to truly understand this city.