Lights will shine and the memorial museum will open

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum will reopen exclusively for 9/11 family members today and will reopen to the public, five days a week, starting tomorrow. The museum will be operating at 25 percent capacity and advanced, timed tickets are required. Masks and temperature screenings will also be required.

And after some panicked back-and-forth, the Tribute in Light will also shine tomorrow from dusk till dawn from the roof of the parking garage near the Battery Tunnel. The museum originally cancelled the tribute for this year due to coronavirus concerns, but they are back on after they were flooded with complaints and offers of assistance.

This from museum president Alice M. Greenwald: “Knowing how beloved Tribute in Light is, I must admit that we could have, and should have, approached this issue differently…We [originally] opted in favor of safety, when sincere concerns were repeatedly expressed by those responsible for the installation of the tribute…So we reversed our decision. The sheer volume of calls to shine the Tribute in Light on the 19th anniversary was humbling. There were multiple offers of assistance to help us stage the tribute in a safe and appropriate fashion and mitigate the legitimate anxieties of the production team and technicians. Governor Andrew Cuomo agreed to provide resources, including health personnel, to help ensure the safety of the crew and production staff.”

In the meantime, this video uses augmented reality software to blend the streets of the neighborhood today with scenes from Sept. 11, 2001. It was created by Westsider Jay Huddy, who invented a technology called ReplayAR that projects scenes from past events onto present day locations. This is part of his series called Time Capsule.