At the end of my walk around the Wall Street area, I stopped off at the 9/11 Memorial. I hadn’t been to it as it had been fenced off and they were charging admission to everything. That has changed now. The park is free to walk around as most of the fences are now gone. Only the museum charges. I only wanted to see the park, so I ignored the museum (it looks a little strange to me). The park was pretty empty due to the cold and only one of the fountains was running. I’m curious as to how it will look during other seasons, so more trips may occur. The memorial is titled Reflecting Absence and was designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker.
The fountain surrounded with names.
Close up of the water down one side.
People leave all kinds of keepsakes and flowers on the names of loved ones.
The field of vision is vast when you’re close to the fountains.
A different angle.
Another flower placed on the names.
Even in winter, the oak trees are brown instead of leafless.
Looking up at the Freedom Tower.
The nearly finished mass transit hub still looks like a spiny dinosaur to me.
The sun was harsh and coming in at an angle to the park.
This one does not have the water running.
Looking across the park.
A map of what the area will eventually look like (including a performing arts center).
Some letters are missing …
Some light snow on the ground.
That sun is just brutal.
A covered sidewalk on the other side of the Freedom Tower.
Next week: How cold it’s been in NYC this year leads to a frozen fountain in Bryant Park.