It can not be ignored that the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11th is coming up this weekend, and, in response, many New Yorkers will come together, as they did ten years ago in the wake of the attacks, to remember those we lost, and remind the world that we remain bonded together in the face of adversity, as New Yorkers, as Americans, and as human beings.
Readers may be interested in a unity and remembrance event in lower Manhattan, Hand in Hand, sponsored by Manhattan Community Board 1, that will take place at exactly 8:46 a.m. on Saturday morning, September 10. As part of this project, thousands of participants are expected to band together to form a "human chain" along the lower Manhattan waterfront to mark "the spirit of support and unity so valiantly displayed in the wake of 9/11."
Moreover, there will be the annual commemorative events that will take place at Ground Zero, and Timeout New York has also provided this guide to remembrance events around the city.
Another way to commemorate 9/11 is to continue to engage in healthy debate and explore differing viewpoints. From September 8 through September 14, John Jay College of Criminal Justice will be presenting three provocative plays as part of "The 9/11 Performance Project," which will highlight issues of terrorism, racism, prejudice, nationalism, religion, politics, the collective conscience, and similar themes. See more info and descriptions of each play here.
I have just learned about a very special, one-day exclusive showing of a Time Magazine documentary, "TIME: VOICES OF 9/11". "VOICES OF 9/11" chronicles the stories of men and women whose lives were forever changed on September 11, 2001. You will hear from the only four survivors of the top floors of the World Trade Center's South Tower; from a WTC businessman who had taken the morning off to accompany his son to school, and later learned that every one of his WTC co-workers, including a brother, had perished in the attacks; and from others, including luminaries such as then-President, George W. Bush; NYC's then-mayor, Rudy Giuliani; renowned television journalist, Tom Brokaw, to name a few. The approximately one hour documentary will take place at The Film Forum, located at 209 W. Houston Street. The free screenings, for which tickets will be available at the box office on a first-come, first-serve basis, will play at 1pm, 2:50pm, 4:40pm, 6:30pm, 8:10pm and 9:45pm. This documentary comes highly recommended by WGINY, as it was edited by a good friend of mine, filmmaker Karlyn Michelson. Michelson is an award-winning documentary editor, as well as an avid video journalist and producer. Learn more about Michelson's production company, Pale Runner Productions, and explore some of her other videos here.