Updated 12/14/2011 11:04 PM
2011 9/11 Year In Review: City Marks 10th Anniversary Of Terror Attacks
World Trade Center site construction setbacks, healthcare legislation for 9/11 first responders and the death of Osama bin Laden dominated the headlines in 2011. NY1’s Anthony Pascale filed the following report.
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It was a project full of fits and starts, but in the end, with crews working nearly around the clock, families finally step foot on to the National September 11th memorial plaza to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
The memorial opens to the general public the following day, staggering crowds by using a timed reservation system. Seven-million visitors are expected to visit the 9/11 Memorial within its first year.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says 2011 may be the last year names of the 2,753 World Trade Center victims are read on the anniversary.
"We have a beautiful memorial,” says Jefferson Crowther, who lost his son on 9/11. “That's much more fitting than just having people read the names."
A funding disagreement between the Port Authority and the September 11th memorial foundation will delay the opening of the 9/11 museum, originally slated to open on September 11, 2012.
Some 9/11 families fight the plan to house victims’ remains in a repository behind a wall at the museum, saying they were never notified of the plan.
9/11 health advocates start the year celebrating the passage of the $4.3 billion James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
Officials continue to push for a wireless broadband network allowing first responders to share information. On 9/11, poor radio communications hampered rescue operations and led to massive loss of life.
Osama bin Laden is killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan.
New Yorkers rejoice and President Barack Obama visits 9/11 families and the World Trade Center site.
City officials trumpet Lower Manhattan's rebirth, reporting that the residential population has more than doubled in the last decade.
Construction continues on the World Trade Center Site. Larry Silverstein's Four World Trade Center rises and the Port Authority's One World Trade Center begins to dominate the skyline. The tower will be completed in 2013 and will welcome Conde Nast as its anchor tenant, occupying over one million square feet.