the world trade center memorial just now opened on september 11th, 2011. ben's parents, our great visitors, dave and linda went early the morning of to get tickets- so all of us could go.
the memorial is really beautiful. the two waterfall-pools are in the exact spots where the twin towers were and to scale of the original buildings' bases. i noticed how the pools gave me such an empty and hollow feeling even before i knew, the name of the memorial is: reflecting absence.
how to get tickets:
[all are free]
you can reserve tickets online. keep in mind you must do this far in advance.
OR you can wait in line, the morning you would like to attend the memorial. i would recommend arriving at least an hour before the box office opens (hours here).