The FreedomTower and memorial site. This is a follow up to my Times Square and Empire State Building posts.
The new FreedomTower buildings being built will be in and around the area of the original World Trade Center Towers. Due to be completed in 2013, stand 110 stories at 1,776 feet tall, representing healing and new growth, is well under way.
If you plan to access the memorial site you need to get hold of entrance tickets which are free. The tickets are limited each day and each ticket has a specific time for entering. The tickets are located at 20 Vesey Street at the Memorial Museum. The tickets run out quickly so get there early. The lines for the tickets usually move quickly. Once you get your ticket, you will have to walk a couple blocks to get to the entrance and go through security. The wait is well worth it.
I visited the site on Nov 15, 2010 and only a few stories were being constructed at the time (Below)
A year and a half later on May 5, 2012 the tower was nearing completion. Photo taken from a different side (Below)
View from within the Memorial Park (Below)
Reflecting Absence Pool honoring the people who died (Below)
On the day of 9/11, the Freedom Tower is lit up in blue, white and red to commemorate the anniversary of the attacks on the WTC towers. There are also two lights shining as a tribute for the WTC towers that collapsed. The lights can be viewed from many areas within NYC or on the outskirts of the city. I opted for a skyline view and saw the tribute lights from the NJ side from Liberty State Park.
9/11 anniversary. Taken on Sept. 11, 2012 (Below)
As a tribute, I am showing the original WTC towers. The WTC photos below weren’t up to par as the ones shown above. Sorry for the poor quality of the pictures below. These were taken with an old 35mm camera way back in 1993 when I wasn’t really into photography. I had to scan the negatives and try to enhance the photos but the negatives were not stored properly.
View from the first World Trade Center tower back in 1993 (Below)