Six months after the 9/11 attacks, the Municipal Art Society of New York debuted its illuminated memorial made up of 88 7,000-watt bulbs. The dual beams will again reach into the night sky this year from dusk on Thu 11 through dawn on Fri 12. The pair of rays evokes the Twin Towers, are the brightest beams of light ever projected into the night sky and are visible from up to 25 miles in each direction. For the past five years, the high-intensity lamps have been powered by biofuel made from used cooking oil collected from NYC restaurants. 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 Staten Island’s ferry terminal.
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