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9/11 Memorial & Museum


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The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, known as the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, is an educational and historical institution that commemorates the September 11, 2001 attacks, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

The Memorial

The memorial is located where the Twin Towers once stood at the World Trade Center site. It occupies approximately half of the 16-acre site and features the two biggest manmade waterfalls ever constructed in North America, and two reflecting pools. The names of the victims are inscribed into bronze panels surrounding the pools and the white oak trees that surround the plaza give the memorial area a sense of calm from the bustling metropolis.

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The Museum

The 9/11 Museum, honors the victims of the attacks through videos, audios, and personal stories of those who experienced these tragic events. It features guided tours, exhibitions, and the displays artifacts, including large steel pieces of the facade of the original North Tower.


The Museum is open to the public every day of the week and tickets can be reserved online on the Museum’s website. On Tuesdays, free tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis, after 4:00 pm.

Displayed artifacts and tributes


“May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance.” -Memorial.org


9/11 Memorial

Daily, 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

9/11 Memorial Museum

Open Daily

Sun - Thu, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., last entry at 6 p.m.

Fri and Sat, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., last entry at 7 p.m.

Note: An average visit takes approximately two hours.

Where: 180 Greenwich Street. New York, NY 10007.

Click here for details on the various options to get there.


Roosevelt Island


Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. Have you visited New York landmark islands? Let us know in the comments.

NYC from another perspective

There are dozens of great spots for the perfect city picture in NYC, like the famous observatories with amazing views. But if you’re looking for a different photo-spot and want to see the city from another perspective, you must visit its islands.

The two-mile long and one street wide Roosevelt Island is located between Manhattan and Queens on the East River.

Source: https://www.wnyc.org/story/silicon-alley-moves-roosevelt-island/

Source: https://www.wnyc.org/story/silicon-alley-moves-roosevelt-island/

How to get there?

Take the Roosevelt Island Tramway for the aerial view. The cost is $2.25 with MetroCard or single pass (one-way); it departs every 15mins every day from 6 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. You can also take the NYC Ferry for a $2.75 one-way ticket, or the F train subway line, which has a stop on the island. The Roosevelt bridge (which connects to Queens) is another option to walk, bike or drive into the island.

Source: www.tracysnewyorklife.com/roosevelt-island-day-trip-from-manhattan/

Source: www.tracysnewyorklife.com/roosevelt-island-day-trip-from-manhattan/

What to see?

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Chapel of the Good Shepherd

Austere church from 1888.

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Source: www.amusingplanet.com/2015/12/franklin-d-roosevelt-four-freedoms-park

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park

This park is the first memorial dedicated to the former President Roosevelt. It’s located on the southern tip of the island.


Smallpox Hospital Ruins

Built in 1854, it was the first major U.S. hospital dedicated to the care of victims of smallpox.

Source: www.atlasobscura.com/places/roosevelt-island-lighthouse

Source: www.atlasobscura.com/places/roosevelt-island-lighthouse

Blackwell Island Lighthouse

Fifty-foot-tall stone lighthouse located at the northern tip of Roosevelt Island, built in 1872.

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Source: www.mountainsoftravelphotos.com

The Octagon Tower

The octagonal tower, built in 1834, now part of a luxury buildings complex, was originally a mental hospital

Views from the Tram and Island


There you have it! If you’re visiting New York City take the opportunity to walk around the often overlooked Roosevelt Island, it offers amazing views of Manhattan’s skyline, and it’s perfect for a break from the chaos of the city.

Source: www.octagonnyc.com/views

Source: www.octagonnyc.com/views

Where: Between Manhattan (west side) and Queens (east side) on the East River. - See details on the various options to get to the island.