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Top Five Ways to Remember 9/11

Talks and readings to get us all through the second anniversary.

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1. “From Tragedy To Unity” Breakfast at the Temple of Dendur kicks off a day of keynotes and panels (speakers include Forrest Sawyer, Ann Curry, and Ambassador Joseph Verner Reed) on some distinctively non-neocon ideas for achieving global peace and understanding. 9/11 at 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St. (212-355-2227); free.

2. Museum of the City of New York Open House Afternoon screenings of In Memoriam—HBO’s doc on Rudy’s 9/11/01 experience (pictured)—are followed by talks with official photographer Joel Meyerowitz and architect Michael Sorkin. 9/11 at 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd St. (212-534-1672)

3. “Brothers . . . On Holy Ground” Retired firefighter Mike Lennon felt duty-bound to search for survivors at ground zero, and to film the effort soon afterward. He screens and discusses the finished product at the Donnell Media Center. 9/11 at 6 p.m. Donnell Library, 20 W. 53rd St. (212-621-0609)

4. “September 11th: An Evening of Memorial and Renewal” The 92nd Street Y plays to its strengths with a mix of readings (Susan Cheever, Frank McCourt), dance (Alvin Ailey’s solo Cry), and music from the Chiara String Quartet (Mozart, plus Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time). 9/11 at 7:30 p.m. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. (212-415-5500); free.

5. 9/11: Makor Remembers The theme of memory looms large in this program of new work from a dozen musicians, poets, writers, and visual artists, including novelist Melvin Jules Bukiet, playwright Kara Manning, and composer Lanny Meyers. 9/11 at 7:30 p.m. Makor, 35 W. 67th. (212-601-1000); free.

Additional Picks for Commemorating the Day

9/11 Commemoration Tour On a half-day trip, see historic sites in lower Manhattan before touring specific sites — ground zero included — associated with the attacks. Museums of the NYPD and Fire Department are on the agenda. 9/12 and 9/13 at 10 a.m. Call 212-726-1198 for reservations and meeting place; $55.

"New York: In the Light of Memory" Christopher Evan's panosphere (painting spherical panorama) of a view from the World Trade Center's South Tower returns after its popular run as part of an earlier Society exhibit. Through 10/4. New York Historical Society, 2 W. 77th St. (212-873-3400); free with $6 admission.

Live From Trinity Church Wall Street WQXR underwrites and broadcasts a September 11 performance of William Albright's oratorio A Song to David, featuring the digital organ brought in to replace the one damaged by the attacks two years ago. 9/11 at 7 p.m. WQXR, 96.3 FM.

Second Annual Let Freedom Run 4-miler A memorial run past ground zero to Battery Park benefits the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's benefit fund. 9/13 at 9 a.m. Pier 84, 44th St. at the Hudson River (212-487-7120); $30 to participate, free to watch.


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