“Empty Sky” Memorial to 9/11 Victims


Located in Liberty State Park in Jersey City and near the historic Central Railroad Terminal of New Jersey, Empty Sky is the official State of New Jersey's Memorial that honors the memory of 746 New Jersey lives lost at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Names are placed randomly on the twin brushed stainless steel walls. Individuals' names (4 inches tall) are within reach and engraved deep enough for hand rubbing. The memorial, designed by Jessica Jamroz and Frederic Schwartz, was dedicated on Sept. 11, 2011. The brushed stainless steel twin walls are 210 feet long, the width of each side of the World Trade Center Towers. They rise 30 feet, standing parallel to each other with a 12-foot wide paved path of bluestone between them. Like the World Trade Center, the stainless steel reflects the constantly changing light of day. Steel beams from the World Trade Center towers are placed just outsidethe west end of the memorial. The memorial invites visitors to literally and metaphorically look toward the empty sky in memory and look forward as a community.