Today marks 14 years since September 11, 2001, and the nation pauses to remember. In recent years, new buildings have risen, museums have opened, and memorials have broken ground. These structures are accomplishments and triumphs, but also painful reminders—and building them hasn’t been easy. Their stories are complicated and sometimes contentious, but mostly, profoundly important. Read about them in these articles and more – if you’re not yet a Next Issue subscriber, start your free trial to gain access.

The Top of America


After 12 years of anticipation, the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere is ready for its close-up. How 10,000 workers lifted 104 floors, gave new life to an international symbol, and created one spectacular view.

Opening: Getting to 9/11

New York

How a museum’s creators memorialized our collective agony. A visit to the 9/11 museum from the perspective of someone who was in Manhattan the day of the tragedy: “To visit is to volunteer for certain but tolerable pain.” “

The Other 9/11 Memorial

Popular Mechanics

In rural Pennsylvania, in a field 300 miles from the 9/11 Museum, a very different memorial is taking shape. It is the Flight 93 National Memorial, commemorating the 40 passengers and crew who gave their lives there so that others might be saved.

Remains of the Day


At the 9/11 museum, history is preserved in memories and debris.

Food & Drink: Center Bar

The New Yorker

Center Bar owner Michael Lomonaco is a 9/11 survivor who lost 79 employees already at work at Windows on the World that day. He has helped raise more than $22 million for their families since then.