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Ways to mark September 11 in NYC

The 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks will be marked through live music, art exhibitions, peace vigils, and more.

Rossilynne Skena Culgan
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Rossilynne Skena Culgan

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and you may be looking for events around NYC to memorialize this solemn day.

Over the past two decades, NYC has memorialized those we lost in the attacks through music, somber ceremonies, art installations and incredible symbols like the Tower Lights.

In 2022, events include live music, art exhibitions, peace vigils, and more. Here are some ways to mark the significant milestone. 

How to mark 9/11 in NYC

  • Things to do
  • City Life

How has Downtown changed since the September 11 terror attacks?

A new exhibit at The Skyscraper Museums seeks to answer that question. In the past two decades, the museum found, Lower Manhattan’s residential population has more than doubled as new apartment buildings sprung up and old office buildings transformed into housing.

Residential Rising: Lower Manhattan since 9/11,” the museum’s newest exhibition, analyzes and visualizes this change. The museum also documents the original story of the World Trade Center in a permanent exhibition.

See “Residential Rising: Lower Manhattan since 9/11” at The Skyscraper Museum (39 Battery Place, Battery Park City) before the show ends in January 2023. Admission is free, but timed tickets are required

  • Things to do
  • City Life

New Yorkers are by now familiar with The Daffodil Project, through which thousands upon thousands of flowers are planted in parks across New York with the help of over 400,000 volunteers. The project kicked off right after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, when Dutch daffodil supplier Hans van Waardenburg gifted the city one million daffodils.

In addition to honoring those we lost on 9/11, in the past few years, the effort has also functioned as a tribute to the victims of COVID-19.

Now in its 11th year, the organization is responsible for having planted well over one million bulbs since its inception. 

You can order free daffodil bulbs as part of the project right here. Distribution will then take place according to the following schedule between the hours of 10am and 1pm this fall:

  • Sunday, September 25: Manhattan - Union Square North Plaza 
  • Saturday, October 1: Queens - Far Rockaway at the RISE Center at 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd
  • Saturday, October 1: Staten Island - Brookfield Park
  • Sunday, October 2: Bronx - Mill Pond Park
  • Sunday, October 16: Queens - Overlook at Forest Park
  • Sunday, October 23: Brooklyn - Prospect Park Plaza West

New Yorkers can also volunteer at distribution centers across the five boroughs right here.

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