By: Hellen Zaboulani
The 9/11 Tribute Museum honoring the horrific attacks on NYC’s World Trade Center may be getting the boot, out of its current location. The building at 92 Greenwich St., where the Tribute museum has been since its move in 2017, is up for sale—vacant.
Though the 9/11 Memorial and Museum is larger and more-prominent than the 9/11 Tribute museum, the tribute museum was made first and holds a special sentimental value for first being opened in 2006, at the site of a former deli which fed rescue workers who rushed in to help in the aftermath of the attacks. The tribute museum later moved to its current location in the financial district to have more space for galleries. The memorial is co-founded by Lee Ielpi, whose firefighter son was killed when the Twin Towers crumbled. It features gallery displays as well as walking tours in which family members, survivors, and first responders share their first hand experiences. The tribute touts itself for highlighting the tremendous spirit of resilience, courage and kindness that was manifested in the aftermath of the attacks.
As reported by Crain’s New York, Thor Equities, the owner of the building at 92 Greenwich St, has put the property up for sale, asking $30 million, and is marketing to prospective buyers as vacant. The building, first built in 1956, has 38 floors and a total of 454 residential units, as well as commercial space at the bottom floors.
“A landlord has the right to manage or dispose of an asset as they see fit,” the museum told Crain’s in a statement. “The 9/11 Tribute Museum continues to welcome visitors to tour our historical exhibitions, which share the first-person perspectives of those who experienced 9/11. We continue to proactively seek supporters and donors for our ongoing mission.” It is still uncertain whether the Tribute Museum will continue its mission, and move on to a new location.
One thing that is known though, is that the tribute museum has been facing dwindling cash flow. As per the NY Post, the IRS filings show that contributions and grants to the September 11th Widows and Victims Families Association, which is the nonprofit that runs the Tribute Museum, plummeted from $1.4 million in 2016 to less than $613,000 the very next year. In that same year, total revenue for the nonprofit also dropped to $2.7 million from $3.8 million.
The admission price for the museum is currently $15 for adults, $5 for children, and $10 for seniors, students and uniformed service.