Ground Zero – NYC Main Attraction
Ground Zero, or as it is now known, The World Trade Center and National September 11th Memorial and Museum is a place where you get a sense of the gravity, history, struggle that America has seen in the years since 9/11.
The Memorial opened to the public on the 10th anniversary of the attacks and features a serene park of carefully spaced trees through which you can walk to reach two memorial pools: massive man-made waterfalls set in the footprints of the North and South towers, and rimmed with the names of the victims who passed away in the towers. These pools provide visitors a place for quiet reflection, for remembering and honoring the dead.
The Museum, opening in the Spring of 2014, is set to be the premier institution in the world for exploring, documenting, and understanding the deep impact that the attacks of 9/11 had on the United States, and the world. Staying in hotels near Ground Zero NY puts you close to Manhattan attractions and this must-see memorial.
Hotels Near Ground Zero
Set in the heart of New York’s financial district, and all within walking distance of Ground Zero, there are beautiful and luxurious hotels like The Millennium Hilton, and the W New York, as well as more moderate choices like the World Center Hotel, which has an unparalleled view of the Freedom Tower and Memorial as it is constructed.
Just a short taxi or subway ride away you’ll find The New York Marriott Downtown with its breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, or the Conrad New York that has a striking rooftop bar and garden. If you’re looking for a true urban oasis after your visit to the Memorial, then you cannot beat the Greenwich Hotel, which is less than a mile away. Owned and designed by actor Robert De Niro, every room is a handcrafted jewel, and the spa and indoor pool are a quiet and blissful retreat from the noisy city. Hilton Manhattan East, The Belvedere, and Park Lane are also hotels near Ground Zero NY.
Getting to Ground Zero
Ground Zero is accessible by foot, taxi, or charter bus, but by far the most convenient way to reach the Memorial is by public transport. If you’re not staying within walking distance then you can catch one of the many buses, subway lines, or ferries that run to the Financial District near Ground Zero.
Things to Know Before You Go
Access to the Memorial is free but restricted to those who have a visitor’s pass, which can be obtained either online at the 9/11 Memorial website www.911memorial.org or over the phone. Understandably, security is tight around the site, and you’re asked not to bring in bulky items, or bags larger than 8″ x 17″ x 19″. Guests are encouraged to bring tokens of remembrance to leave at the pools if they wish. Many hotels near Ground Zero NY have concierge desks that can also help arrange a visit to the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan at Liberty Street.