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9/11 Memorial Joins the Fold as Popular Visitor Destination

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum The National September 11 Memorial & Museum (Courtesy of the National September 11 Memorial.)

The National September 11 Memorial admitted its one millionth visitor this week. The memorial plaza and its two fountains opened to the public on Sept. 12.

City and memorial officials made the announcement on Thursday.

"More visitors than ever before — 50.2 million — came to New York City in 2011," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a statement. "And this year, one million of them were able to add a visit to the 9/11 Memorial to their trip, commemorating the lives of those lost on that unforgettable day.

Some 10,000 people visit the site each day, according to a press statement from the 9/11 Memorial. Visitors to the site must apply for free passes in advance of their visit. Donations are optional. The site accommodates 1,500 visitors at a time.

Visitors to the site have had to contend with construction workers, and fences and barricades due to the Occupy Wall Street protests.

While the memorial is one of the newest sites to attract the attention of visitors, there are still many other institutions that vie for New York City visitors' time.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which also offers free admission and encourages donations, has welcomed about 1.85 million visitors since September.

Roughly 3.9 million visitors have visited the Empire State Building in each of the past four years, an attendance number similar to the 9/11 Memorial's visitation. The Rockefeller Center Top of the Rock Observation Deck hosts over 2.6 million visitors annually, while Ellis Island is on track to bring in 2.8 million visitors in its 2011-12 fiscal year.

One site that won't be drawing visitors anytime soon is the 9/11 Museum. Mayor Bloomberg said that work at the planned museum at the World Trade Center has stopped due to a dispute over money. Bloomberg said there is no chance the museum will open on time. It was scheduled to open on the 11th anniversary of the attacks.

The 9/11 Memorial pays tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 and Feb. 26, 1993 attacks. The memorial was dedicated to victims' families on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and opened to the general public the following day.

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Mar. 06 2013 10:30 PM
New York 9/11 Family Member

The photo shows 8 acres of the Memorial Plaza. "Ground Zero" is roughly 16 acres. But the area of destruction caused by the attacks far exceeded those 16 acres. In fact, body parts were found several blocks north, south, east and west of those 16 acres, including in the Hudson River, and ON PARK PLACE, DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET from the building now housing the controversial mosque/art gallery (it keeps morphing.) Formerly the Burlington Coat Factory, the building was condemned after the landing gear from United Flight 175 plunged through the roof and several floors. The employees in the building ran for their lives. Close enough for you, James? No one gave a damn about this place, until the imam announced he was going to "leverage its proximity to the memorial" to bring people to the mosque and convert them to Islam. His plan was insensitive in the extreme.

Jan. 16 2012 01:19 PM
Dirk Rowntree

The Brian Lehrer link does not work. Very exasperating.

Dec. 30 2011 10:54 AM

Hi James. There is no mosque at Ground Zero. There is an Islamic Community Center a couple of blocks away from the site, which contains a prayer area, but it cannot be seen from this photo.

Dec. 29 2011 05:36 PM
James M from Arizona

I would ask anyone to please point out the location of the mosque in this photo of Ground Zero.

Dec. 29 2011 05:25 PM

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