Police officers and other emergency workers are seen at the World Trade Center site - New York, NY - Sep 13, 2001 - Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images
While the entire world felt the impact of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, New York City experienced the harrowing devastation more than anywhere. Nine years later, the city offers plenty of ways to make good on the nation’s promise to “never forget” and to honor those who died that day – whether you’re just in town for a visit or were born and raised in the Big Apple.

Tribute WTC Visitor Center: Galleries and Tours

Ground zero also offers a collection of 9/11 memorabilia. Walk through the museum and you’ll find artifacts, audio and artwork remembering the moments the towers fell and the aftermath. Walking tours of the site, lasting about 60-90 minutes, are also offered daily. For $10 you get to walk through the tribute, and $15 allows you to to view the tribute and take the tour. For more information, click here.

Ground Zero Museum Workshop

Located about eight minutes from ground zero, the Museum Workshop features photographs by Gary Marlon Suson, the official photographer at ground zero. Visitors will also see artifacts from the site during the two hour tour, which is led by a trained guide. The Museum Workshop is open Monday-Sunday, and advance ticket purchase is required. For more information, click here.

Official New York City 9/11 Observance

On the anniversary of the attacks, the official New York City observance of 9/11 will be held at Zuccotti Park (Liberty Street between Broadway and Church Streets) and the names of the victims of that day will be read aloud by responders to the attacks. Four moments of silence will take place – two at the times at which the planes crashed, and one to remember each of the towers falling. The first moment of silence is at 8:46 a.m.

How to reach ground zero by New York City Subway:

A, C, J, M, Z, 2, 3, 4 or 5 to Fulton Street/Broadway-Nassau (Exit on Fulton Street and walk west to Church Street).

E to World Trade Center (Exit onto Church Street)
R to Rector Street (Walk north onto Church Street).
1 to Rector Street (Exit onto Greenwich Street and walk north to Liberty Street).

By New York City bus:

Take the M1 or M6 to Church & Vesey Street.

By NY-NJ PATH train:

Take the Newark – World Trade Center or Hoboken – World Trade Center lines to the World Trade Center station.

The city has special traffic and pedestrian restrictions in effect for Tuesday, Sept. 7 through Sun. Sept. 12. For more information, click here.

The September Concert

The September Concert is actually multiple concerts – held not just in the city but around to world – as a tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11. This year, the shows are being held from Sept. 10 – Sept. 12. In 2009, there were more than 100 concert held across the city. New York locations this year include Central Park and the New York City Public Library. For more information, click here.

Remembrance At Trinity Church

Trinity Church, located at Broadway and Wall Street, will begin an all-night vigil at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, scheduled to end at dawn on the morning of Sept. 11. On the anniversary of the attacks, the Church will hold a bell-ringing ceremony from 8:45 a.m. until 9 a.m. to commemorate the moments at which the towers were struck.

The Tunnel to Towers 5k

If you’re looking for a more active way to remember the victims of 9/11, consider running in the ninth annual Tunnel to Towers race. Tunnel to Towers is a 5k run/walk created to honor FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller who, upon hearing news of the attacks on the morning of September 11, ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and straight for the Twin Towers — where he perished. The race course follows his path through the tunnel and ends at the WTC site. For more information or to register for the 5K, click here.