There are many free events and museum and gallery openings on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September. 11, 2011, in honor of the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11. Here’s a partial list — be aware that it will be quite difficult getting around Lower Manhattan on Sunday, even after the 9/11 Memorial Service at the World Trade Center and opening of the September 11 Memorial, both by invitation only.
It will be extremely crowded, and there will be unusually heavy security in Lower Manhattan 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 WTC site . That being said —
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.
- Join hands with others to form a human chain across Lower Manhattan to show our unity against hate and anger. It’s called Hand in Hand—Remembering 9/11, sponsored by Manhattan Community Board 1 of Lower Manhattan. Hands will join at 8:46am, the exact time the first World Trade Center tower was hit, starting from the tip of Lower Manhattan and heading north along the waterfront. Although this event is free, you must register so the organizers know you are coming, and where they need you to be in the chain. Register on the Hand in Hand 9/11 website.
- The New York Philharmonic performs a free concert of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Resurrection, in honor of 9/11. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Avery Fisher Hall. Tickets will be handed out starting at 4 p.m. If you miss out on a ticket, you can still see the live simulcast projected on a jumbotron-size screen in Josie Robertson Plaza. The concert also is being broadcast live on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR. And on Sunday, Sept. 11th, PBS will broadcast the concert on its “Great Performances” series, at 9 p.m.