What You Need to Know About Downtown Street Closures on 9/11 Anniversary

By Irene Plagianos on September 10, 2013 9:23am 

 The blocks marked in red will be closed to vehicular traffic and will have limited pedestrian access Sept. 11, 2013.
The blocks marked in red will be closed to vehicular traffic and will have limited pedestrian access Sept. 11, 2013.
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Courtesy of the Mayor's Office

FINANCIAL DISTRICT — On Wednesday, the city will mark the 12th anniversary of 9/11 with its annual commemoration ceremony.

Here’s a look at how Lower Manhattan will be affected by street closures and traffic changes on Sept. 11, as well as a listing of several commemoration events.

Street Closures:

The following streets will be closed to traffic, with very limited pedestrian access, from midnight to 5 p.m. Wednesday:
Liberty, Cedar and Thames streets between Greenwich Street and Trinity Place; Greenwich Street and Washington Street between Liberty and Carlisle streets; Albany Street between West and Greenwich streets; and Vesey Street between Church Street and Broadway.

Parking:

There will be no parking on the streets that are closed. Plus, these streets will also be unavailable for parking:
Liberty and Cedar streets between Broadway and Greenwich Street; Greenwich Street between Liberty and Edgar streets; Albany and Carlisle streets between West and Greenwich streets; Trinity Place between Liberty and Morris streets; and Vesey, Fulton, Dey, Cortlandt, Liberty and Cedar streets between Church Street and Broadway.

Pedestrian traffic:

The Liberty Street pedestrian bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, but the Vesey Street bridge and the street level crossing at Albany and West streets will remain open.

West Street, Church Street and Trinity Place will remain open to pedestrian and car traffic, but northbound trucks will not be allowed on West Street between the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel and Vesey Street.

The city is asking all residents and workers near the WTC site to carry work or personal I.D. when traveling to ensure that they can get where they need to go.

The city is also encouraging locals to avoid scheduling deliveries on Sept. 11 until after 8 p.m., and to use public transportation whenever possible.

Events

Bell of Hope at St. Paul's Chapel

At 8:46 a.m., the Bell of Hope at St. Paul's Chapel, at Broadway and Fulton Street, will toll to mark the first plane's collision into the World Trade Center 11 years ago. The bell was a gift from London to the City of New York in 2002. It will toll in four sets of five rings.

Tribute WTC Visitor Center Opens for Family Members

Family members of 9/11 victims can gather at the Tribute WTC Visitor Center, 120 Liberty St., from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center will be open to the broader Downtown community by mid-afternoon.

Community Remembrance of 9/11

Manhattan Youth's Downtown Community Center, 120 Warren St., will host a community gathering at 7 p.m. Religious leaders and local residents will share their memories and their thoughts on the rebuilding.

Tribute in Light

Twin beams of light will shine skyward from Lower Manhattan for the annual Tribute in Light Tuesday evening. The blue beams will light up at dusk and will fade away at dawn.

World Trade Center Survivors Gathering

The World Trade Center Survivors' Network will gather at the Survivor Tree in the Living Memorial Grove, near the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge, from 12:30 p.m to 1:30 p.m. The group will then eat lunch nearby, with the location sent to those who RSVP online.

Prayer for Peace at St. Paul's Chapel

St. Paul's Chapel, at Broadway and Fulton Street, will host a service offering prayers for peace at 12:30 p.m.

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