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Expansion planned for Sept. 11 Tribute Center

Posted at 4:07 PM, Jun 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-21 15:57:39-04

FINANCIAL DISTRICT, Manhattan — The 9/11 Tribute Center announced Tuesday its plans to move to a new, bigger location at 88 Greenwich St.

The new space is scheduled to open in spring 2017.

The current location at 120 Liberty St. is 6,000 square feet. That will be increased to 35,000 square feet at the new Greenwich Street location.

The new space will include exhibits about the history of lower Manhattan, the events of 9/11, the response, recovery and rebuilding that took place after, global outreach efforts and “Seeds of Service” according to a press release.

These exhibits are meant to show visitors an in-depth exploration of personal stories from individuals connected to 9/11.

These enhanced exhibits will also feature the evolution of counterterrorism, and focus on the responses and actions of New Yorkers and people from around the world who helped in the aftermath of the attack.

The center has partnered with several city, state and federal public safety and counterterrorism agencies, including the FDNY and the NYPD, to showcase stories about what happened in the aftermath.

Exhibits will feature oral history videos, immersive media, environmental graphics and selected artifacts accompanied by stories.

“This memorial pays tribute to the thousands of brave men and women who rushed into danger to save their fellow New Yorkers during our darkest days,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo in a news release. “While we can never repay our first responders for their sacrifice, the 9/11 Tribute Center is one small way we can show the world the depth of their courage. This expansion and relocation will allow countless more residents, visitors and tourists to visit this intrepid museum and learn more about these extraordinary service men and women and the profound and enduring impact they have had on our city and state.”

“Seeds of Service” is an initiative started by the center meant to encourage visitors to share ideas about ways to serve their local, national and global communities. Visitors can explore volunteer opportunities and service projects on site at the center and learn how to get involved in their communities.

The Tribute Center was first opened in 2006. It aims to help those traumatized by 9/11 by allowing them to share their stories and to help visitors learn from these stories.

Visitors learn these stories firsthand through what the center calls “Person to Person History”. People connected to 9/11 such as family members of victims, survivors, first responders and residents of Lower Manhattan walk visitors through their unique experiences in connection to the attack.

The center is expected to welcome close to 1 million visitors annually.