posted on Apr, 15 2013 @ 12:43 PM
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by CalibratedZeus
I have been there multiple times, and the part that truly sickens me about this story is the fact that in the temporary memorial/store they
take donations, when you sign up to visit the memorial, they take donations, as you exit the memorial they also take donations. I have always given a
couple dollars when I visit because the site and memorial are honestly beautiful and I want to do my little part to help maintain.
Thank you for your reply here. I'd like to ask you as someone who has been to this in it's nearly completed form?
Donation soliciting aside, what is the general feel and atmosphere? I'd read travel site reviews and a couple other similar anecdotal references
which were all negative. One, extremely so. The overall theme was just extreme commercialization, if that's the right word. Not a Disney type, where
everything just vibrates with "spend! buy me!" but a sense that everything about operating and design was penny wise but dollar poor with there
never having been enough along the way?
Is it really that bad? I mentioned in the first page of my clarification material that I had no desire to ever go there and that's why. It seems by
what I read, the experience would be really cheapened by that aspect?
A little confused by the reviews you read, might help to read one of them directly, but I will do my best to sum up my feelings on it and possibly
clarify their thoughts.
The memorial right now is at its simplest form, you can walk around the ground level aspect where they have planted trees and put the two waterfalls
in the footprints of the old towers. Even though it is in the middle of downtown Manhattan and a huge construction site, it just becomes strangely
peaceful when you walk into the area. As a fan of simple but elegant memorials like the Vietnam wall, the waterfalls they put in with the names
lining the outside is very well done in my opinion, and the size of them really can not be appreciated unless you are there. Overall I believe the
outdoor area could not have been done any better.
As for there not being enough along the way, the main museum portion and all the underground areas of the memorial are still unfinished and have yet
to be opened to the public. I can not imagine people thinking the outdoor area is not enough, but i guess if it is the case they need to wait for the
rest of the areas to be opened. As I said before, there is only one way in and out of the memorial right now, and it is only say a 10 foot wide
fenced in walkway that twists and turns around the construction site. The entire area is fenced in so it feels slightly enclosed right now, and the
process of having to register in advance and go through a security screening to get in is a bit of a pain in the butt. When it first opened the line
was actually pretty long, recently is has only taken me about 5 minutes to get through the check in and security, so it is not so bad.
If the registration charge and security screening and everything have you so upset, then just wait a year or two for them to open up the entire area
between west and greenwich streets and you will be able to walk in and out of the memorial as you please from any direction, and once all the
construction on the surrounding towers and PATH station is complete, it will be a magnificent area.