The USS New York, which is forged from 7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center, arrived in NYC last week and it open today for Veterans Day. Capt. Jon C. Kreitz, commanding officer of the ship, said, "This Veterans’ Week visit is a homecoming for us as well; we all consider ourselves to be New Yorkers, we all respect and cherish the connection we have with this amazing and resilient city. USS New York’s motto, ‘Strength forged through sacrifice. Never Forget,’ says everything about why we are coming to honor the sacrifice of our nation’s heroes - we couldn’t be more proud."
The USS New York is moored at Pier 88 on Manhattan’s west side. Public visitation is until 4 p.m. Lines may be capped at 3 p.m. Things to know:
Visitors should wear comfortable, closed toed shoes and look for clearly marked entrances. Guests over the age of 18 will be required to show a state or federally issued photo identification. Visitors will not be permitted to carry backpacks or large bags; however, purses, camera bags and similar items are permitted after screening. Unfortunately, due to the space constraints of a shipboard environment, the ship is not wheelchair or handicapped accessible, and strollers and baby carriages will not permitted aboard.
For the safety of guests, Sailors and Marines, the following are not permitted: bottles or glass containers; banners, posters or signs of any type; mace, pepper spray, or other defensive sprays or chemicals; knives, firearms, fireworks or any explosive; illegal drugs or paraphernalia; flammable liquids or aerosol spray cans; club weapons; and animals.
Here are some more details about Veterans Week activities in NYC.