NYC's 'Tribute of Light' Returns for Ninth Anniversary of September 11
It's that time of the year again, when two powerful lights take up their brief residence in lower Manhattan to remember the thousands of lives lost during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This year marks the ninth anniversary, and as New York City has done every year around the date since 2003. Officially the installation is called "Tribute of Light," and it takes 88 searchlights to form the seemingly never-ending beams. Next year will be the lights' final year to appear, marking the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
Yesterday we showed you the real reason that tourists ride the free Staten Island Ferry from the tip of Manhattan: the view of the Statue of Liberty. However, since a few days ago and continuing through this upcoming weekend, the tourist hordes will be attracted by the World Trade Center lights, which are perfectly visible and photographable from the ferry. Our friend @the_vole was on the ferry just last night, shooting these images with his iPhone.
The height of the lights depends on the weather, but as you can see above, the beams reached an end last night in the clouds. If you're in New York City this week or nearby and you want to view the Tribute of Light before it goes away next year, we recommend taking a quiet ride on the State Island Ferry. Here's how to do that.