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The National September 11 Memorial

This sober landmark pays homage to the thousands who died on September 11, 2001.

The National September 11 Memorial remembers the victims of the World Trade Center attacks of September 2001. This commemorative square is a quiet place of thought, counterposed with the hustle and bustle of Lower Manhattan.

Ground Zero saw a lot of thought and discussion about how best to remember the dead in the years following 9/11. That has resulted in Memorial Plaza, a place of solemn reflection in a beautiful city square which is shaded by some 400 trees, and is also open to local workers, citizens and visitors. It was first opened to loved ones of the victims on the tenth anniversary of the attacks, September 11 2011, and to the public the next day.

There are two enormous ponds on the sites of each of the Twin Towers, both containing a cascading waterfall representing the loss of life. The names of the 2,977 people who perished are inscribed on the walls of both ponds. Survivor Tree is another emblem of the site – this is a pear tree which was found heavily burned and damaged underneath the rubble of the buildings, but which managed to stay alive, and is now thriving again. It stands as a symbol of hope on the square.

The 9/11 Memorial Museum is due to open in 2014. The design of the building entry depicts the image of one of the Towers on its side, and it will contain artefacts from that fateful day.

The One World Trade Center (also known as Freedom Tower) was recently completed and is now the third-tallest building in the world, at 541 metres, since its completion in May 2013.

The National September 11 Memorial is found in Lower Manhattan, and is easily reached by bus or on the subway. Entry to the Memorial is free of charge, but a visitor pass is required – check on the website for more information.


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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Manhattan, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of New York University, One World Trade Center, and National September 11 Memorial. Federal Reserve Bank of New York is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away. Canal St. Station (Varick St.) is only a 2-minute walk and Canal St. Station (W. Broadway) is 6 minutes.

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    Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

    Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

    55 Church Street, New York, NY
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Manhattan, this hotel is steps from The Oculus and National September 11 Memorial. Wall Street and One World Trade Center are also within 10 minutes. Cortlandt St. Station and Fulton St. Station (Broadway) are within a 2-minute walk.

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      190 Allen Street, New York, NY
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Manhattan, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of New York University, 5th Avenue, and Washington Square Park. Union Square Park and Bleecker Street are also within 1 mi (2 km). 2 Av. Station is only a 4-minute walk and Delancey St. Station is 6 minutes.

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        8 Stone St, New York, NY
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Stone Street Historic District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Battery Park and Wall Street. National September 11 Memorial and One World Trade Center are also within 1 mi (2 km). Whitehall St. Station and Bowling Green Station are within a 2-minute walk.

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          140 Washington St, New York, NY
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            144 Washington St, New York, NY
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Manhattan, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of National September 11 Memorial and Wall Street. One World Trade Center and Battery Park are also within 15 minutes. Rector St. Station (Greenwich St.) and Rector St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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              Artezen Hotel

              24 John Street, New York, NY
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                99 Washington St, New York, NY
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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