Subway stop exit sign, now denoting the 9/11 Memorial for visitors to see.
One World Trade Center currently under construction, but seemingly the most complete building on site.
Gates surrounded the construction site, covered in directional signs for the soon-to-open Memorial Site, as well as artist's renderings of what it will look like.
American flags appear throughout the site.
A second building under construction on the complex.
Cross streets of the site.
Crossing guards were highly present, ushering cars and tourists around the construction site.
The Preview Site on Vesey Street, put in place as a mini memorial before the official museum opens in 2012.
Construction workers could be found on any adjoining street on their overlapping breaks.
A subtly grafittied map of Lower Manhattan across from the construction site.
Construction workers gather at the WTC site.
Directional maps to help visitors navigate around the construction site to the entrance of the Memorial, open to the public on Sept. 12, 2011.
Across the street from the construction site, a company had filled its street-level windo with photos of the WTC construction workers, thanking them for rebuilding the World Trade Center.
Painting honoring 9/11 firefighters, inside the window of "Ten House."
Plaque honoring the five firefighters from "Ten House," (Ladder Co. 10/Engine Co. 10) who died on 9/11.
The reconstructed Ten House, located directly across the street from the WTC site.
Memorials and flowers in remembrance of more than 300 firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11.
Opened in 1766, St. Paul's Chapel is Manhattan's oldest public building in continuous use - a place where George Washington worshiped and 9/11 recovery workers received round-the-clock care.
On September 11, 2001, St. Paul’s Chapel escaped destruction when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed across the street. Although the churchyard and church were filled with debris and dust, there was no physical damage to the building.
From September 2001to May 2002, St. Paul’s Chapel opened its doors to firefighters, construction workers, police officers, and others for meals, beds, counseling, and prayer. Medical personnel massage therapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, and musicians transformed the chapel into a place of peace, rest, and reconciliation.
Entering the Preview Site, this large wall presentation greets you on the right, offering a look at and description of each of the three major 9/11 memorials in NYC, the Pentagon and PA.
Model of what the new WTC complex will look like.
Model of the gardens and Memorial waterfalls in the new site.
Image of a huge 9/11 memorial that apeared in Union Square, NYC (14th Street) in the days following the attacks.
Recovered steel from the WTC ruins.
NYC skyline - with the Twin Towers returned to their rightful place - carved by an ironworker during the clean up after the attacks.
"Lady Liberty," a replica Statue of Liberty that was covered in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks with tributes such as uniform patches, miniature American flags, money, mass cards, rosary beads, condolence notes, and souvenir postcards, among others. In 2006, the nearly eight-foot tall statue was donated to the permanent collection. “Lady Liberty” is a gift in memory of the courageous firefighters from Engine54/Ladder 4/Battalion 9 killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
A moving tattoo in tribute to the attacks, this photo of which exhibited on a wall of like-minded tributes at the Preview Site.
FDNY Class A Uniform worn by Assistant Chief Gerard Barbara on September 11, 2001. After appearing on the scene, Barbara changed into response gear and was last seen facilitating the evacuation of the South Tower. These items were found in the trunk of his FDNY vehicle nearby. The laces of his shoes were still tied.