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New York Ground Zero
It might be a bit strange to call Ground Zero in New York a tourist attraction, but fact is that it’s a very popular tourist spot in this big city. A visit to Ground Zero is something that you should not miss, even though it might not be as “fun” as other NYC attractions – it sure is impressive.
Ground Zero is the name given to the World Trade Center complex, after the terrorist attack in September 9, 2001 where two hijacked planes crashed into the two Twin Towers. Today it is called the World Trade Center Site, or 9/11 Memorial. It’s a 16 acres site, located in Lower Manhattan. Instead of the seven buildings that were destroyed, today there is a new complex under construction, called the “New WTC”. This new complex is 1776 feet tall, which is also the year when the US declared its independence from the British.
Visit Ground Zero in New York
The Ground Zero site is dedicated to the memory of those who were killed in the attack. The memorial site exhibits many memorial objects, one of the winning designs is a 6 acres memorial plaza, with two reflecting pools, where the twin towers used to stand before the attack. You will also find the names of 2977 victims of this attack as well as the names of the people that died in the 1993 bombing, inscribed on the edge of the beautifully designed waterfalls. You can also see the “Survival Tree”, a Callery Pear tree, planted in the 70’s, that survived the attack.
If you hold the New York City pass, this will allow you to have a free Hop on Hop off Water Taxi tour, around the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. It is not the only free New York attraction you get to see, you will also get daily guided tours in the Ground Zero Museum, and daily tours in the 9/11 Tribute Center & Tour. The Tribute Center was created by the victim’s families, and you will be able to hear personal testimonies, from family members and even survivors there.
Here’s a couple of ideas for after your Ground Zero visit. This tour can be a little bit overwhelming but do not worry as there are other great things to do in NY. If you like you can visit the Battery Park City- this is a notorious NY attraction that is located near the World trade Center site. This vibrant neighborhood is divided to a couple of areas, one of them is the Battery Place Residential Neighborhood, where you can do some shopping or grab a meal in the restaurants or just relax in the big parks around the area.
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