9/11 Lights from the Brooklyn Bridge
Mike Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, had announced that on March 11th, the Tribute in Light memorial would start shining. It would be 616,000 watts of light, pointing upwards from just next door to the original site of the World Trade Center towers; it's a derivation of the Phantom Towers idea that graced the cover of the New York Times Magazine the week after the attacks.
A companion memorial was also unveiled that day: the 27-foot bronze sculpture by Fritz Koenig called "The Sphere." An abstract work that symbolized peaceful global commerce when it stood on a black granite base and graced the plaza of the World Trade Center, the sculpture emerged from the fiery destruction of Sept. 11 somewhat crushed, like us all.
The tribute would glow from the affluent high-rise commercial and residential district called Battery Park City, which was built in the 1970s on landfill dumped in the Hudson River from the 1960s dredging of the World Trade Center construction site. Originally, it was the 'Towers of Light,' and one of the meeting participants suggested it be called the 'Tribute of Light'.