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Honoring and Remembering: September 11 Anniversary Programs

Rendering of the National September 11 Memorial at night. Photo courtesy of Squared Design Lab.
September 1, 2011 - As the ten-year anniversary of September 11 approaches, cultural institutions across New York City will provide a multitude of distinct, expressive opportunities for commemoration and reflection. Collectively, the City's museums and performing arts organizations have organized exhibitions, performances and memorial programs. Here is a sampling of the programs, many free to the public, that are taking place throughout the City. For more September 11-related events, visit

The National September 11 Memorial
World Trade Center, Manhattan
Open to the public September 12

The National September 11 Memorial opens to the public on September 12 and includes two reflecting pools located within the footprints of the former Twin Towers and the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. Admission is free, but advance reservations are required. For more information about visiting the Memorial, go to

Rethinking Memorial - Ten Interactive Sites for Remembering 9/11 presented by the Brooklyn Arts Council
DUMBO, Brooklyn
September 10, 11am- 5pm

Ten artists, one representing every year since September 11, 2001, create interactive memorial stations. The project includes a site for members of the public to create an ephemeral memorial. Participating artists include Illegal Art's Michael McDevitt and Otis Kriegel whose project will ask participants to dip two fingers into a pot of grey indelible ink to represent the twin towers, and to reflect on the location and impact of the event over the number of days it takes for the ink to fade from their fingers. Admission is free of charge. Visit for more information.

In Performance: Commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of September 11
An Evening of Dance and Music presented by The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc.
Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, Manhattan
September 10 and 11, 5pm

The Joyce Theater Foundation will present free performances on September 10 and 11 at 5pm in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park (north end of Battery Park City, west of River Terrace) to commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11. The event will feature performances by the Limón Dance Company with Voices of Ascension conducted by Dennis Keene and the Paul Taylor Dance Company with Orchestra of St. Luke's, among others.
This performance is free of charge. Visit for more information.

Man on Wire
Museum of the Moving Image
Astoria, Queens
September 11, 4pm and 6:30pm
In August 1974, Philippe Petit captivated New York by sneaking into the World Trade Center and walking on a cable strung between the not-yet-open Twin Towers. The film captures the excitement of the walk and its planning. A tribute to human ingenuity, it never mentions 9/11; instead it reminds us of a magical New York moment.
Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens and students, $5 for children ages three to eighteen and free for children under three. Visit for more information.

Tenth Anniversary of 9/11
Wave Hill
Riverdale, Bronx
September 11, 2011, 9am-5:30pm

Wave Hill's observation of the tenth anniversary of September 11 offers visitors a time and place for reflection and remembrance.
Admission is free all day. Visit for more information.

World Trade Center Educational Tribute
Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
Staten Island
Every Wednesday through Sunday, 10am - 4pm

The World Trade Center Educational Tribute is open weekly. Surrounded by vibrant gardens, memorial benches and the restful waterfall of the Lions Sensory Garden, the Tribute Center serves as an ideal location for quiet reflection. Through artifacts, pictures and multimedia displays, this building creates a sense of shared commonality in the tragedy.
Admission is free. Visit for more information.
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