New York City is beginning preparations for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The events of 9/11 forever changed New York City, and thousands are expected to come to lower Manhattan and elsewhere on Sept. 11 to pay their respects.

It is recommended that the public visiting this weekend use public transportation due to the high volumes of people expected to be in lower Manhattan. Give additional time for any commute in NYC as their will be high security and street closures. For a full list of street closures visit the NYC Department of Transportation website.

New York City will honor those lost in both September 11 and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing with events around the city including art exhibits, church services, and walking tours.

9/11 Remembrance Events:

Remembering 9/11:

The New -York Historical Society will feature a special exhibition of photographs by both professional and amateur photographers. The exhibit begins on September 8 and is free and open to the public until Nov. 10, 2011.  

Tribute WTC Tour:

This Tribute WTC Visitor Center will only be open to family members of victims on September 11. Before and after that date, the public will get an opportunity to connect and hear stories of those affected by 9/11 on a walking tour. The center is located on 120 Liberty St.

FDNY 10th Anniversary Memorial Service:

The New York City Fire Department will hold a memorial service on September 10, 2011 beginning at 2:00 PM at St. Patrick's Cathedral. At 1:00 p.m., active and retired fire fighters will line Fifth Avenue as families enter. 50th and 51st streets will be blocked to vehicles between Madison and Fifth Avenue.   

Rethinking Memorial: Ten Interactive Sites for Remembering 9/11:

The Brooklyn Arts Council is creating an interactive arts project to remember the 10th anniversary on September 10, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Ten stations will be located walking distance apart beginning at the Pearl St. Triangle.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum:

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum will be open to the nearly 3,000 family members of victims of the 9/11 attacks and the 1993 bombing on September 11, 2011. It will then be open to the public the following day. Advanced timed passes are required for entry and can be reserved up to six months in advance online. The site will include two reflecting pools at the base of where the Twin Towers stood. The entrances to the site will be located on Albany and Greenwich St.

Tribute in Light:

A public arts show presented by the Municipal Art Society will display two blue light beams from dusk on September 11 until dawn the following day. The light show can be seen up to 60 miles away on a clear night. Check out the Municipal Art Society Website to find a good viewing spot.

Trinity Church:

Trinity Church, Wall Street is holding services all week long in remembrance.  These remember to love events are based on reconciliation and peace on the decade anniversary of Sept 11. For a list of events at Trinity church visit their website

For more Sept. 11 remembrance events go to New York City's event calendar.