Volume 18 • Issue 16 | September 09 - 15, 2005

9/11 anniversary events scheduled in Lower Manhattan

In observance of the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack, here is a partial list of the many ceremonies and events taking place Downtown this weekend.

September 8-11
“What Comes After: Cities, Art and Recovery” Summit

Sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a three-day summit, taking place at the Tribeca performing arts center, will consist of roundtable discussions, dance performances, and film and art installations. The summit will focus on how people recover emotionally and physically after tragedy. Speakers include international experts and community leaders from war-torn countries including Suada Kapic, founder of the Bosnian multimedia producer’s group FAMA; Avila Kilmurray, director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland; Duma Kumalo, one of the founding members of Khulumani, a group founded by survivors of apartheid-era abuses, and Maysoon Pachachi, an Iraqi/British filmmaker, among others. Other events include “Knock at the Door,” a controversial art exhibition addressing censorship in a post-9/11 world, a political cabaret act at Joe’s Pub, performances by Diamanda Galas and tours of Downtown. A $15 registration fee includes admission to all public events except for performances. For more information, go to www.lmcc.net/recovery.


Saturday, September 10
Congressional 9/11 Hearing

A congressional oversight hearing entitled “Progress Since 9/11: Protecting Public Health and Safety” will take place on Saturday, September 10 at 9:00 a.m. in the auditorium of the New York County Lawyers’ Association at 14 Vesey St. The hearing will examine improvements in post-9/11 terrorism response programs as well as public health issues related to the attacks. Witnesses will include state and city officials, representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, the Government Accountability Office, the medical co-director of the Mount Sinai Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and ground zero workers. 


Sunday, September 11
9/11 Fourth Anniversary Observance at the World Trade Center Site
A fourth anniversary observance ceremony with Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Pataki will take place on Sunday, Sept. 11 at the World Trade Center Site. The ceremony will begin in the early morning and will include four moments of silence marking the times when each plane hit the towers and when each tower fell. The first moment of silence will take place at 8:46 a.m. and will be followed by a reading of the names of the people who died that day. Two hundred siblings of 9/11 victims, selected by lottery, will participate in this year’s readings. After the last name is read, “Taps” will be performed by two trumpeters from the N.Y.P.D. and F.D.N.Y., followed by a music performance. At sundown that day, there will also be a “Tribute in Light” installation in which twin beams of light representing the two towers will be shone from a location at West and Morris Sts. in Lower Manhattan.


Sunday, September 11
“Manhattan Remembers” Sunrise Ceremony in B.P.C.

Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields and Councilmember Alan Gerson will participate in a sunrise ceremony at 6 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 in Battery Park City’s Wagner Park. The public can enter the park on West St. and Battery Pl. Other participants will include Pastor William Grant of the Tribeca Spiritual Center, Reverand Dr. Henrietta Carter of Mariners’ Baptist Church, Reverand John Romas of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and James Cavanaugh, chief operating officer of the Battery Park City Authority. There will also be a performance by tenor David Kelso, violinist Jennifer Kohl and soprano Rochelle Small.


Sunday, September 11
The September Concert at B.P.C.

The September Concert, B.P.C. Neighbors’ Association and B.P.C. Cares are sponsoring an afternoon of music starting at noon on Sunday, Sept. 11 in Battery Park City to mark the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. At 7 p.m. there will also be a candlelight walk from Esplanade Plaza at the end of Liberty St. and ending in Wagner Park. For more information, go to www.bpcnpa.com. Other September concerts will take place throughout New York City. See www.septemberconcert.org for a comprehensive list of venues.


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