9/11 Memorial and Museum, Survivor Tree, The Oculus, One World Observatory, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
9/11 Attractions New York
Visiting the 9/11 Memorial is one of the most memorable—and heartbreaking—attractions new york. The Memorial and Museum are both located on the foundation where the Twin Towers once stood.
On the Memorial’s plaza, visitors will find the Survivor Tree, a Callery pear that survived the attacks and was nursed back to health.
The Survivor Tree
When recovery workers sifted through the rubble of the World Trade Center in October 2001, they found a Callery pear tree with snapped roots and burned branches. It was not expected to survive, but it was saved and renamed the “Survivor Tree.” It stands as a reminder of the power of life in the face of death.
To this day, the Survivor Tree inspires hope and resilience in communities around the country and the world. Each year, in partnership with Bartlett Tree Experts and John Bowne High School in Queens, the 9/11 Memorial gives Survivor Tree seedlings to three communities that have endured tragedy.
Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, The Oculus is the new World Trade Center transportation hub. It is described as a “roof that flies,” and it is meant to convey hope and resilience. Its wings are adorned with oak trees brought from Washington and Pennsylvania, the two locations where the 9/11 attacks occurred.
The Oculus is accessible via street-level entrances on the east and west sides, which open directly onto stair landings that function as viewing platforms and escalators. Retail spaces are also being filled in the Oculus.
The One World Observatory
The One World Observatory (OWO) is a symbol of resilience and freedom. It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and offers breathtaking views over NYC.
It’s also home to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and the Survivor Tree. The site has a deep emotional resonance. The footprints of the original Twin Towers are preserved here.
Your OWO experience starts with a Global Welcome Center featuring a video wall and screens that welcome visitors from around the world. After that, the amazing vista of NYC is revealed through immense picture windows.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
This massive complex of buildings is home to 11 resident art organizations including the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. It’s also the location of the Julliard School, an illustrious conservatory for music, drama and dance whose alumni include Christopher Reeve and Kevin Kline.
It’s a gorgeous site, especially at night when the buildings are lit up in warm, golden light. It’s a great place to enjoy a concert or theater performance, but it’s also worth strolling around the plaza areas and admiring the architecture.
In recent years, Lincoln Center has renovated a number of its facilities. For example, Alice Tully Hall was modernized and reopened in 2009, and Film at Lincoln Center expanded with the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center.