Neighborhood Around Ground Zero is Happening but Still Remembers…

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View of Ground Zero in 2003

Like the t-shirt says, “I love New York”. I’ve visited the city a number of times for business but my first visit was truly the most memorable; visiting Ground Zero.

My husband and I did the official tourist visit a little less than two years after 9/11 and were able to visit Ground Zero. Of course, we were peaking through masked gates but we could still feel it… I’ll never forget seeing fluorescent orange arrows painted on surrounding buildings that were done to help firefighters, police and other rescuers find their way out of the area. It was a sobering experience and one I will never forget.

When I saw an AP article today regarding how the area has risen out of the ashes to become a vibrant, bustling neighborhood, I was excited. Saddened, but excited to see that the spirit has returned.

The area in Lower Manhattan now has 18 hotels with more than 4,000 rooms, up from six hotels and 2,300 rooms on Sept. 11, 2001. While the area is bustling, the main attraction for the more than 9 million tourists is still remembering 9/11. As it should be.

This coming September 11 a new memorial at ground zero will open, marking the 10th anniversary of the tragedy. The memorial will be dedicated during a ceremony for victims’ families. It opens to the public the following day. A museum will open at the site a year later.

For details on tours visit the Tribute WTC Visitor Center, run by the September 11 Families’ Association.

Have you visited Ground Zero? Do you plan to?

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