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Must-See Lower Manhattan

by Colleen Clark and staff, 04/17/2013

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  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum
    1 Albany St., 212-266-5211
    Upon completion, One World Trade Center will rise 1,776 feet, becoming the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. At the base of 1 WTC, as it's known, is the 9/11 Memorial, which opened in 2011. This eight-acre park honors those who lost their lives during the February 26, 1993, and September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The name of every person who died has been inscribed on the bronze parapets of two massive reflecting pools, which occupy the footprints of the Twin Towers and are bounded by the largest man-made waterfalls in North America. Admission requires a reservation, which is free if made in person. Reservations made over the phone or online carry a nonrefundable $2 service fee (9/11 victims' family members are exempt). Using artifacts, news footage, photographs, oral histories, clothes, phone messages and related materials, the 9/11 Memorial Museum will also pay tribute to those affected by the attacks. (It is scheduled to open in May 2014 and will cost $24.) Nearby, the triangular park at 7 World Trade Center is "dedicated to those who survived." At its center, Jeff Koons' shiny Balloon Flower (Red) reflects the WTC construction site, buildings and viewers, symbolizing constantly shifting perspectives and unremitting hope. —Jessica Allen

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