Moment Freedom Tower caught the sun and created dazzling natural light tribute to the old World Trade Center

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Light from Tower 1; photo Jay Fine

Light from Tower 1; photo Jay Fine

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In a stunning, and unexpected, tribute to New York’s old World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower caught the sun and shot a beam of light into the heavens this weekend.

The beam of light is reminiscent of the annual Tribute in Light display to memorialize those who died in the towers on 9/11. Each September, 88 searchlights are trained into the sky creating two vertical columns of light to mimic where the towers once stood.

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National Shrine to replace church destroyed on 9/11

By Ben Feuerherd and Kate Briquelet New York Post

Artist rendering of the St. Nicholas National Shrine

Artist rendering of the St. Nicholas National Shrine

A Greek Orthodox church crushed on 9/11 is finally being resurrected.

Hundreds of people flocked to the future site of the St. Nicholas National Shrine for a “ground-blessing” ceremony Saturday to celebrate a house of worship that will one day overlook the 9/11 Museum and Memorial.

A $38 million, domed alabaster sanctuary will replace its modest 19th-century predecessor — a tiny four-story building toppled by the collapse of the South Tower. It was the only church destroyed in the September 11, 2011, attacks.

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Homeless man charged in 9/11 memorial vandalism

By Jennifer Bain and Natasha Velez New York Post

A mentally-troubled homeless man was charged with criminal mischief Saturday forallegedly smearing white paint on Coney Island’s 9/11 memorial, an act of vandalism that had left community leaders outraged.

“I’m sorry for whatever I did,” the disheveled suspect, Elliot Baez, 58, told a Post reporter as cops took him to the 60th Precinct. “I just came to Coney Island for a suntan,” he added.

Baez was arrested after a tipster bicyclist told cops who were guarding the memorial Saturday morning that a man walking the Boardwalk looked just like the person caught on surveillance video defacing the memorial, which adorns a wall in MCU Park, home of the Cyclones baseball team.

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