Commemorate the day during these events.
Tue Aug 23 2011
Day of (continued)
A 9/11 Memorial Concert
This community performance honors the service of volunteers who helped with cleanup and recovery after the attacks. Scheduled musicians include the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and the American Opera Projects. Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford St between Fulton St and Lafayette Ave, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-488-9233, irondale.org). Sept 11 4--6pm; free.
Man on Wire
James Marsh's 2008 documentary tells the story of French tightrope artist Philippe Petit's 45-minute walk between the Twin Towers in 1974. The film offers a glimpse at the beauty of the towers, which were completed only one year prior to Petit's act. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave at 37th St, Astoria, Queens (718-777-6888, movingimage.us). Sept 11 at 4, 6:30pm; free with museum admission.
Remembrance of September 11
Organized by the Alice Austen House and the Fire Department Retirees of Staten Island, this annual ceremony includes a candlelight vigil, a water display (during which red, white and blue jets will be shot from an FDNY fireboat sailing in front of the museum) and a reading of the names of firefighters who perished because of the attack. Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd at Edgewater St, Staten Island (718-816-4506, aliceausten.org). Sept 11 5--9pm; free.
Tenth Annual Tribute in Light
Six months after the September 11 attacks, the Municipal Art Society of New York debuted its illuminated memorial made up of 44 7,000-watt bulbs. The lights create two beams that mimic the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers. The memorial will be switched on at dusk on September 11 and remain alight through dawn on September 12. Optimal public viewing locations include Washington Square and Union Square Parks in Manhattan; Roosevelt Island's Waterfront Promenade; Brooklyn Bridge and Fort Greene Parks in Brooklyn; and the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Viewing location varies (212-935-3960, mas.org/tribute). Sept 11--12 dusk--dawn; free.
9/11 World Trade Center Memorial Floating Lanterns Ceremony
This Japanese tradition welcomes New Yorkers to recognize not only the lives lost on 9/11, but also the lost lives of earthquake victims in Japan. Arrive early to decorate a lantern with the name of a loved one and a message before each is set afloat on the Hudson River during the tenth annual interfaith ceremony, led by Alfonso Wyatt, the vice president of the Fund for the City of New York. South side of Pier 40, W Houston St at West St (interfaithcenter.org). Sept 11 6--9pm; free.
Concert for Peace
Shortly after 9/11, violinist and teacher Allegra Klein founded Musicians for Harmony, a group dedicated to promoting peace through the arts. This year, the organization stages its tenth annual Concert for Peace, featuring performances from the Juilliard String Quartet, Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, shakuhachi (a Japanese flute) player Kojiro Umezaki and his 35-piece New York Arabic Orchestra. Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W 67th St between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave (212-501-3330, www.kaufman-center.org). Sept 11 at 7pm; $15--$125.
The September 11 Tenth-Anniversary Commemorative Concert
Symphony Space presents a tribute, hosted by actor B.D. Wong. The event will feature notable New Yorkers—including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, tennis legend John McEnroe and U.S. Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor—reading selections from poets such as Emily Dickinson and Dylan Thomas. Additionally, members of the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera will perform pieces by Barber, Brahms, Liszt and others. Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (symphonyspace.org). Sept 11 at 7pm; free.
"9/11 Ten Years Later"
In the eight months following 9/11, photographer Joel Meyerowitz received exclusive access to the area surrounding Ground Zero, or what he called "the forbidden city." He produced more than 8,000 photographs depicting varying moods of courage, compassion and solidarity in the wake of tragedy. Meyerowitz will share his memories during a talk and presentation of images from his 2006 book, Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive, which documents his work from that period. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave between 91st and 92nd Sts (212-415-5500, 92y.org). Sept 11 at 7:30pm; $29.
The 10th Anniversary Memorial Political Cabaret
Burlesque star Julie Atlas Muz and Thirsty Girl Productions impresario Jen Gapay are behind this cabaret event, featuring performances from Murray Hill, Dirty Martini, Amanda Lepore, Justin Vivian Bond and more. Proceeds will benefit the Uniformed Firefighters Association of New York's Widow's and Children's Fund. Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-414-5994, highlineballroom.com). Sept 11 at 8pm; $20, VIP $40.