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9/11 memorials and ceremonies across New York City

There are several ceremonies and events in the city that don’t require you to go downtown.

The 'Tribute in Light' rises above the skyline

The 'Tribute in Light' rises above the skyline of Lower Manhattan (pictured here from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade) for the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer

Sept. 11, 2001

8:46 a.m. Hijackers crash American Airlines Flight 11 into the north tower. The 76 passengers and 11 crew members and hundreds inside the building are instantly killed.

9:03 a.m. Hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 175 into the south tower, killing 51 passengers, 9 crew members and an unknown number of people inside the building.

9:59 a.m. The south tower collapses in 10 seconds after burning for almost an hour. More than 800 civilians and first responders are killed.

10:28 a.m. The north tower collapses after burning for 102 minutes and more than 1,600 people are killed.

Seventeen years later, New York City is still reeling from the effects of the devastating terror attack. The grief never gets easier and so we continue to remember in our own ways.

While the city holds its memorial service every year at Memorial Plaza, getting there may not be possible for everyone. To help, we’ve gathered a list of places you can reflect, pray and remember those we lost:

St. Paul’s Chapel: Prayers and reflections will be offered in remembrance of the victims of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93, starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. At precisely 8:46 a.m., when the first plane crashed into the North Tower, the Rev. Dr. William Lupfer will ring the Bell of Hope in the traditional firefighters’ salute to the fallen. Then at 3 p.m., it will hold a service with the Choir of Trinity Wall Street to read the names of the first responders, rescue and recovery workers who died. The church, which was directly across from the towers, survived the attacks and served as a relief mission for the rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero. In the church yard at Broadway and Fulton Street

Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance: An FDNY chaplain will officiate a candlelight ceremony at 7 p.m. Monday at the wall. Six firefighters from France and their wives will join in the ceremony, as well.

The memorial is actually comprised of three granite walls, engraved with the portraits of all the first responders and one K-9 rescue dog who died at the World Trade Center. MCU Park, 1904 Surf Ave., Coney Island

9/11 Tribute Park in Rockaway: Locals will gather at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to read the names of 70 Rockaway residents who died during the attacks and to place roses on the memorial.

Tribute Park contains a gazebo with a stained-glass dome that shows the names of the Rockaway residents and 242 firefighters who died. The park, from where many residents could see the terrorist attacks, also features a piece of the World Trade Center steel. Beach Channel Drive and Beach 116th Street

Postcards sculpture on Staten Island: At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Borough President James Oddo will host a ceremony to remember the Staten Island residents who lost their lives and to honor the first responders who gave their lives to save others.

The sculpture is made up of two 30-foot-tall white marble pieces, which represent postcards, and have the names of all the Staten Island residents who were killed in the terrorist attacks. North Shore Waterfront Esplanade

American Veterans Memorial Pier: State Sen. Marty Golden will host a remembrance ceremony at the pier at 7 p.m. Tuesday with patriotic live music, a candle-lighting ceremony, a 21-gun salute and a moment of silence.

The pier has a bronze sculpture dedicated to the residents of Brooklyn who died. The statue is shaped like a speaking trumpet, an old-fashioned device that firefighters used to alert people when they went to a fire. Bay Ridge Avenue and Shore Road at 69th Street

St. Anthony of Padua Church: The Schiller Institute NYC Chorus will perform works of Beethoven, Brahms and African-American spirituals in memory of those lost at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets start at $10. 155 Sullivan St.

Judson Memorial Church: Members of all faiths are invited to “Down to the River,” a 9/11 interfaith ritual of release and remembrance on Tuesday evening, starting at 5 p.m. The event will adapt the Jewish new year ritual of letting go, “taschlich,” with a walk down to the Hudson River at the Christopher Street pier for a sunset ceremony with song and storytelling. Free to attend. 55 Washington Square South

Brooklyn Historical Society: Wolfgang Staehle put a pair of webcams in Brooklyn, pointed toward lower Manhattan, which happened to catch the moments when both towers were hit. What was meant to be an art project became forensic evidence. This film, titled “2001,” will be shown continuously on Tuesday throughout the day.

Then at 7 p.m. (sunset), there will be a panel called “Transformed Overnight: The Impact of 9/11,” with poet Tina Chang, journalist Pat Kiernan and Clifford Chanin, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum executive vice president and deputy director of museum programs. They will talk about how the city and world have changed since the attacks. Both the screening and panel are free. 128 Pierrepont St. in Brooklyn Heights

Tribute in Light: Look up and you’ll see the 9/11 Memorial’s striking lights that reach 4 miles into the sky from dusk to dawn on the night of Sept. 11. The twin beams mirror the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers. The Memorial Plaza is open to the public after 3 p.m. for viewing the Tribute in Light. It can also be seen from a 60-mile radius around lower Manhattan.


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