Despite what you may have heard, it was 9/11 family members who conceived the idea to bring the unidentified and unclaimed remains back to a repository and viewing room at sacred bedrock at Ground Zero.
The National September 11 Memorial Museum has won accolades for its exhibitions depicting the terrorist attacks and their aftermath, but it also has come under fire for its gift shop, a planned cafe and a recent reception for donors.
We have just witnessed the opening of the 9/11 memorial and museum at site of the destroyed World Trade Towers, an event that once more raises attention to how we Americans form our “collective memories.”
The morning sky was as blue as it was when I first met Lt. Tom McGoff and his Engine Co. 217 crew more than 12 years ago - on America’s darkest day.
Earlier this month the nation watched the dedication of the museum in New York City commemorating the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Many New Yorkers, still trying to make sense of the 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center, have had a single question as a museum was being built at ground zero: Too soon?
On the morning before the museum opened to the public, Mary Lou Buss took the ferry from Staten Island to lower Manhattan to visit the place her sister died.
There are prominent videos of the twin towers collapsing, photos of people falling from them, portraits of nearly 3,000 victims and voicemail messages from people in hijacked planes.
When it comes to tragedy, there’s a thin line between solemn commemoration and crass commercialization. Actually, it’s often not very thin, and it’s crossed all the time.
The 9/11 museum’s appetite for crass commercialism will be satisfied with an 80-seat restaurant inside the memorial’s allegedly solemn grounds.
Standing inside the National September 11 Memorial Museum amid photos of thousands of victims, Mayor Bill de Blasio typed F-O-N-T-A-N-A on a screen, bringing up images of Dave Fontana, the Brooklyn firefighter he met months before terrorists toppled the Twin Towers.
Alone or in groups they emerged from the dark exhibition halls and the even darker subject matter of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, reaching for words like “overwhelming,” “shock” and “gut-wrenching.”
What if a bomb went off or a fire broke out in the National September 11 Memorial Museum, 70 feet below ground?
At 8:32 am Wednesday morning, on the first day that the National September 11 Memorial Museum opened to the public, 26 uniformed police officers and firefighters marched onto the lawn of the memorial and unfurled an American flag that had flown at 90 West Street, adjacent to Ground Zero, for week
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum officially opens to the public Wednesday, but Charles G. Wolf saw the inside days ago.
After reliving September 11, 2001 all over again at the newly-opened 9/11 Museum, visitors can purchase stuffed animals, glass ornaments, World Trade Center-printed ties and other tasteless souvenirs at the gift shop, located just a few feet away from the final resting place of 8,000 unidentified
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter told CNN’s Don Lemon Monday night that the National September 11 Memorial Hall and Museum should “absolutely” have a gift shop. “Yes, absolutely. The Holocaust museum has a gift shop. This is a museum,” Coulter said.
Now to anger surrounding the long delayed opening of the 9/11 memorial museum. Some victims' families are outraged about the admission price and gift shop at a museum housing human remains. ABC's gio Benitez is there at ground zero.
Robert Simko, longtime Battery Park City resident and community newspaper publisher, hopes the National September 11 Memorial Museum will be a testament to the morning of 9/11.