News 2016 notable dates in NYC: 15th anniversary of 9/11, Statue of Liberty's 130th birthday and more By Jamie Reysen firstname.lastname@example.org Updated December 30, 2015 1:50 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email New York City will mark major anniversaries in 2016. Some will be somber, like the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center. Others will be more celebratory, like the Empire State Building's 85th birthday and the fifth anniversary of the Marriage Equality Act's passage. Scroll down for some major dates coming up in the new year. Jan. 11: Throgs Neck Bridge's 55th birthday Photo Credit: Getty Images / Bruce Bennett The Throgs Neck Bridge, which connects the Bronx and Queens, opened on Jan. 11, 1961. May 1: Empire State Building's 85th birthday Photo Credit: Getty Images / Andrew Burton The Empire State Building opened on May 1, 1931. At the time, it was the largest skyscraper in the world. May 24: New York Public Library turns 105 Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt The flagship New York Public Library building opened its doors to book lovers on May 24, 1911. About 30,000-50,000 people visited the giant Fifth Avenue library on that first day, according to NYPL.org. June 24: 5th anniversary of Marriage Equality Act's passage Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Stan Honda It will be five years in June since New York legalized same-sex marriage. The Marriage Equality Act was signed into law on June 24, 2011 and went into effect a month later, making New York the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. July 9: 240th anniversary of New York's independence Photo Credit: Getty Images / Andrew Burton Celebrate your freedom twice this year: The U.S. marks July 4 as Independence Day, but New York didn't sign the Declaration of Independence until five days later, on July 9, 1776. Sept. 11: 15th anniversary of 9/11 terror attacks Photo Credit: Getty Images / Robert Giroux Nearly 3,000 people were killed when terrorists crashed two planes into the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. A third plane hit the Pentagon in D.C., and a fourth plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field. This Sept. 11 marks the 15th anniversary of the horrific attacks. Oct. 25: George Washington Bridge turns 85 Photo Credit: Getty Images / Spencer Platt The George Washington Bridge's upper level opened to traffic on Oct. 25, 1931. The lower level didn't open until 1962. Oct. 27: 30th anniversary of Mets' last World Series win Photo Credit: T. G. Higgins / Allsport The Mets last won the World Series 30 years ago on Oct. 27, 1986. The team beat the Boston Red Sox 8-5 in Game 7 of the World Series at Shea Stadium in Queens. The Mets had previously won the World Series once before in 1969. Oct. 28: 130th anniversary of Statue of Liberty's unveiling Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Jewel Samad Lady Liberty was unveiled on Oct. 28, 1886, in New York Harbor. President Grover Cleveland was even on hand for the special ceremony. By Jamie Reysen email@example.com Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Celebrities we said goodbye to in 2015We bid adieu to music greats, iconic actors and more this year. Giants vanish: Toys 'R' Us Times Sq and other things we'll miss in 2016These iconic NYC shows and places won't be with us in 2016. New Yorkers share their resolutions for 2016Here's what real New Yorkers resolve to do in 2016. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.