Ten years. Thousands of memories. Millions of tears. Here is a schedule of free 9/11 events in New York City on Sunday, September 11. 2011, separate from the invitation-only memorial servces at the World Trade Center site —
- The September Concert featuring the Peace of Heart Choir, 3 p.m. at Castle Clinton in Battery Park.
- Free admission to the grounds and gardens of Wave HIll, in Riverdale. Visitors are invited to write their remembrances and wishes on paper streamers, which will be hung from the Wave Hill pergola overlooking the Hudson River.
- Free admission to the New Museum in the Bowery. The main display is a huge piece of artwork created out of the charred scraps of paper that blew into the artist’s downtown studio window on 9/11. The New Museum is at 235 Bowery.
- Concert and poetry readings at Symphony Space — Hosted by B.D. Wong, this free concert is performed by musicians from the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. Spoken tributes by Bronx-born U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, and others. Also, appearances by some of New York City’s most famous artists, actors, athletes and politicians, including John McEnroe, Tamara Tunie, Jon Faddis, David Hazeltine, Pascal Roge, Anne-Marie McDermott, David Amram, Joan Copeland, Octavio Brunetti, Simon Mulligan, Alan Stepansky, Lera Auerbach, Scott Dunn, Ami Roge, Jon Deak, Craig Mumm, Howard Wall, Tomoko Kanamaru, Patricia Zuber, Elmira Darvarova, Mary Ann Mumm, Frank Messina, Isaiah Sheffer. At 7 p.m. Symphony Space is at Broadway and 95th Street.
Saturday and Sunday —
- A special memorial exhibition of more than 500 photos on loan from the New York Historical Society is on display in the historic lobby of 195 Broadway. The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, through Sunday, September 18.
- Free admission to The Skyscraper Museum, which honors the World Trade Center with both permanent displays on its construction, and a current exhibit, Supertall, on the world’s skyscrapers. Also, at 3 pm. Sunday, a free gallery talk by photographer John Bartelstone on the decade of recovery and rebuilding at the WTC site. The Skyscraper Museum is at 39 Battery Place.
- Aso, free admission all weekend to the FDNY Museum on Spring Street in Lower Manhattan and the Queens Museum
- In Battery Park, you can share your thoughts and memories on the Wall of Remembrance.
Please note — Lower Manhattan will be extremely crowded, and there will be unusually heavy security all weekend, with frozen zones and subways skipping stations — especially Sunday morning, when President Obama and former President Bush, Mayor Bloomberg and former Mayor Guiliani, and other current and former elected officials, attend the memorial ceremonies at the World Trade Center site.