Saturday was a trip to the Staten Island 9/11 Memorial called Postcards. It was built in 2004 and designed by Masayuki Sono who won the design competition held. It is an outdoor permanent memorial for the 274 Staten Island residents that were in the 9/11 attacks. The design is really interesting, each granite plaque is 9 x 11 and it has the person's name and birthdate, along with where they were working that day, and each one also has a profile.
There are plaques on both sides on the inside of the memorial, and it looks really cool at night because of the way it was designed. I was not there at night, so I found this picture online.
There were no lines, and it was not crowded at all. It was a short walk from the Staten Island Ferry up the North Shore Waterfront, and there are nice views of downtown NYC from here also.
This is the view from the front. It perfectly frames where the World Trade buildings were located.
If you have a nice day ahead of you, I highly recommend a visit to this memorial. I had a much more pleasant time here. Less people, and less standing in lines and waiting, and a much more pleasant experience. As usual, a few more pictures at Facebook. The memorial is about a 5 minute walk from the ferry, and we spent about 10 minutes there.