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Old July 23rd, 2013, 07:37 PM   #1901
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The one thing I'm wondering about is why the opening times of the memorial are so short, I mean it's closed after 8pm in the summer, so when it's not dark yet. If you ask me, that's quite a pity since the pools look beautiful when lit up, but if nobody gets to see the lit up pools anyway, why do they light it up in the first place?
Is it closed down in the evening because of all the construction still going around? Are there plans to extend the opening times?
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Old July 29th, 2013, 04:19 PM   #1902
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Memorial Chief Expects 'Freely Accessed' Plaza by Next Year

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The fences will come down and the airport-like security screening will end next year, allowing free access to the World Trade Center site’s eight-acre 9/11 Memorial Plaza.

Joe Daniels, president of the September 11 Memorial and Museum, speaks to Community Board 1 members.

That’s what Joe Daniels, president and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, says he expects for the tourist-packed plaza, where visitors now funnel onto the site through a single entry point, by way of time-stamped tickets and multiple security checks. In a wide-ranging discussion with a Community Board 1 committee on Monday, July 8, Daniels said he is “confident” that there will be unfettered access to the memorial “as close to the opening of the museum as possible.”

The museum is expected to open sometime next spring, but a date is yet to be set.

“There’s a bunch of activities that have to happen—all of them are on track right now,” he told the committee, “and certainly within the next couple of months we’ll be prepared to get more specific about the actual opening period.”

The memorial’s objective, he said, is to allow people to freely visit the plaza and go through screening only when entering the museum. He estimated that about half of the people who go to the plaza will continue into the museum. (Last year, the museum saw more than 5 million visitors.)

A phased dismantling of the fencing that now borders the WTC site must be coordinated with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the site’s owner, and Silverstein Properties, which is developing three WTC buildings. “We’re in constant dialogue with the Port Authority, with Silverstein,” Daniels said, “about when that can happen.”

Funding Needs Remain

How to cover the estimated $60 million it will cost annually to run the museum? Museum officials are counting on two-thirds of the money to come from the controversial $20 to $25 admission fee they are contemplating and private fundraising. A bill before the U.S. Senate, stalled since it was introduced in 2011, would finance the remaining $20 million.

The law’s passage, Daniels noted, is a “singular objective” of the memorial’s. “It’s Washington as Washington and it’s been very difficult, but we’re not giving up,” he said.

Protecting Against the Next Flood

Ongoing construction around the museum made the building prone to flooding, Daniels told the committee. In particular, the open roof of the Vehicle Security Center allowed several feet of Hudson River water to rush into the site.

Daniels described the new flood protection measures slated for the museum, including “layering redundancy upon redundancy” to protect the unidentified human remains to be stored in the museum's lowest level. An “emergency protocol” is being developed, he said, that would involve moving precious artifacts to higher ground. The memorial is also waterproofing doors and installing additional pumps in the museum’s most vulnerable areas, such as its loading docks.

“They’re doing a lot of stuff,” he noted, “[like] closing up every penetration that comes into the museum. We’re confident that our commitment to protecting artifacts will hold.”

Visitor Centers: One Stays, the Other Goes

Even after the museum opens, the heavily visited 9/11 Memorial Preview Site, at 20 Vesey St., between Church and Broadway, will remain, according to Daniels. “The fact is that since the museum will only hold 2.5 million people over the course of a year and we have a demand north of five million," he xplained, "it’ll still be a place for real, substantive content.”

But the memorial’s Visitor Center, at 90 West St.—purposely situated near the current exit of the memorial plaza—will likely close next year. The memorial staff, Daniels said, is exploring other locations for the center, since visitors will be leaving from more than one exit starting next year.

Memorial Still No Place for the Sphere

Daniels reiterated the memorial’s opposition to bringing Fritz Koenig’s 22.5-ton sculpture “The Sphere,” temporarily standing in Battery Park, to the memorial grounds. “The last we heard [is that] the Port Authority is still exploring the other eight acres around the site, he said, all of which would make an appropriate place for the sphere.”

WTC Campus Security Plan

Daniels said that, as a stakeholder of the 16-acre World Trade Center, the memorial supports the NYPD’s World Trade Center Campus Security Plan, so long as the site is maintained as a “living piece” of the city. “Our bottom line is [to have] pedestrian access to the memorial that’s not a ticketed experience,” he said, “and we believe that the security plan accommodates that.”
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Old July 30th, 2013, 07:43 PM   #1903
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The memorial is very well done and I admire all the hard work everyone has put into it so I hope that bill in Washington gets passed soon! Its been years and we should never forget...
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Old August 7th, 2013, 05:26 PM   #1904
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My eyes may be deceiving me, but it looks as if they have I stalled street lights at the corner of the memorial across from the VSC!!?
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Old August 7th, 2013, 05:48 PM   #1905
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Seems you are right. An entire sidewalk was installed...
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Old August 7th, 2013, 06:18 PM   #1906
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I'm assuming Liberty Street will be completed soon then no?
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Old August 10th, 2013, 05:32 PM   #1907
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They have FINALLY started cladding the roof of the Pavilion:

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Old August 14th, 2013, 04:44 PM   #1908
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Some more progress on the roof, great to see this finally coming to an end.

The NE part of the memorial is also looking nice, now they have to remove all those containers and temporary huts so that the remaining part can start..
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Old August 14th, 2013, 07:06 PM   #1909
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Indeed, nice progress on the roof of the pavilion.


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Old August 18th, 2013, 02:11 AM   #1910
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Old August 30th, 2013, 05:17 PM   #1911
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Anyone know what's going on here?

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Old August 31st, 2013, 02:07 AM   #1912
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^ canopy over entrance to memorial
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Old September 5th, 2013, 10:10 PM   #1913
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Old September 7th, 2013, 07:02 AM   #1914
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Old September 7th, 2013, 06:03 PM   #1915
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The memorial and museum are amazing!
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Old September 8th, 2013, 06:46 AM   #1916
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This might be a dumb question but once the security fences come down next year along the memorial, will the waterfall run 24/7 or will it stop after a certain time?
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Old September 9th, 2013, 03:44 AM   #1917
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This might be a dumb question but once the security fences come down next year along the memorial, will the waterfall run 24/7 or will it stop after a certain time?
I think the only time they shut off the waterfalls is if the temperature is really really low and the wind is blowing really hard ... cause it creates ice slicks around the park ...
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Old September 9th, 2013, 11:09 AM   #1918
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http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article...ARTS/130909928

9/11 Museum rushes for spring opening

Construction crews at the Ground Zero site have finished the big pieces. Now they're busy installing the smaller projects and exhibits that will help the world commemorate the worst day in New York's history.

By Theresa Agovino
As the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attack approaches, construction workers are toiling to ensure that this will be last time the date is commemorated without a museum open at Ground Zero.

All the large artifacts of the tragedy—such as two pieces of steel that were bent from the impact of the plane that hit the North Tower and mangled rebar that resembles a giant ball of yarn—have been installed in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Amid the sound of shrieking drills and the sight of sparks flying from blow torches, workers are readying the building for the installation of smaller pieces and exhibits so it can open in the late spring of 2014.

"The progress in construction has been tremendous," said Joseph Daniels, CEO of the museum. "We've got a lot of momentum."

Last year at this time, construction had been stalled for roughly 12 months because of a dispute between the museum and the site's owner, the Port Authority of New York and Jersey. Shortly after the disagreement was resolved, Superstorm Sandy hit, flooding the site and temporarily halting progress again.

There have been other controversies, even as construction has moved along. Earlier this year, the museum's board decided it will charge an entrance fee of between $20 and $25, angering some who believe it should be free.

It will cost $60 million a year to run the museum and memorial, which are costing $700 million to build. The museum has raised $450 million, and it received $390 million in government grants.
"We need to run a sacred place, standards must be very high, security must be tight" Mr. Daniels said. "All of that costs money to effectuate."

He stressed that victims' family members will never have to pay, and there will be discounted admissions for many groups. Additionally, for several hours a week, the museum will be free. He said the exact price will be set before the end of the year to allow for the museum to start selling tickets in early 2014. Visitors will be assigned times to enter the museum just as they do to see the memorial, which remains free.

The first artifact visitors see when passing through the museum's ground-level glass pavilion before descending into its below-ground exhibits are two of the steel "tridents" that anchored the towers. In a jarring juxtaposition, One World Trade Center, a building that replaced the towers, is visible behind them.

Visitors will then see a photo of Manhattan taken in the minutes before the planes hit. As they pass by a global map, they'll hear recordings of what people from all over the world remember that day. They make their way past the slurry wall, a steel-studded concrete expanse that was originally built to keep the Hudson River out of the World Trade Center, and walk by the so-called Survivor's Stairs, which extended from the WTC plaza to Vesey Street, providing a means of escape for hundreds of people.

In the center of what's dubbed "Foundation Hall" is the last piece of steel removed from the site in a ceremony in May 2002. It is covered with notes, messages and mementos from recovery workers and first responders.

There are two main parts to the museum. One is dedicated to remembering the 2,983 people that died at the site, including the six who were murdered in the 1993 attack. Located in what was the footprint of the South Tower, it will feature some of their possessions as well as recorded messages about them from family and friends. "That is not about their death but how they lived," said the museum's director, Alice Greenwald.

The other part, which is located in the footprint of the North Tower, is devoted to the event's history. Deciding what to display to tell the story was a thorny process. Ms. Greenwald noted that about a third of the globe's population witnessed the events. Many people, especially survivors and victims' family members, have strong opinions about what should be said and shown.

All the references to the hijackers, Osama bin Laden and the rise of Al Quaida, for instance, are in the historical section, far from the exhibits on family members. Also, located in that area are some of the larger artifacts including another Trident from one of the towers. It will be used as a screen for film featuring testimony from recovery workers. "It is one of the most eerie things I've ever experienced," Ms. Greenwald said. "It’s like the steel is telling you a story."

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Old September 11th, 2013, 12:30 AM   #1919
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Cool video of the progress inside the 9/11 Memorial. It's really coming together.


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Old September 11th, 2013, 07:55 PM   #1920
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I'm guessing these are not construction workers up on the Pavilion roof at the moment. Probably security. The two in the red circle appear to be in prone position.

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