9/11 Museum hosts VIP alcohol-fueled party night before opening, turns away cops, firefighters
It’s bad enough that the museum perpetuates the government lies about the 9/11 attacks, but this?
NY Daily News
On the eve of its grand opening to the public, the 9/11 Museum in lower Manhattan closed its doors to all but VIPs.
The sacred site that contains the unidentified remains of 1,115 victims became a private club for invited guests Tuesday night, sources told the Daily News — and some first responders were turned away during party preparations.
Former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Condé Nast honchos were among those who nibbled crab cakes and shrimp cocktail hors d’oeuvres at the black tie affair, billed as a dedication ceremony, according to sources.
But one museum employee at the event, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described it as a festive affair.
“They were drinking, eating and laughing when this is pretty much a gravesite,” the employee said.
About 60 guests attended the soiree from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The Information Desk on the museum’s lower level was converted into a bar for the night, the employee said.
“I don’t think alcohol should be allowed in there. It’s a sacred ground and they desecrated it,” the worker added.
Condé Nast is picking up the tab for all visitors on opening day Wednesday.
Tuesday was the last day that first responders could tour the site for free before it opens to the general public — and several were turned away that afternoon so the museum could prepare for the party, sources said.
Among those denied entry were an NYPD officer who had come with this wife, the worker said.
Another group of firefighters was asked to leave early and left the site in tears.
The 9/11 Museum has come in for heavy criticism from some survivor families as it tries to balance its dual roles as tourist site and shrine.
John Feal, a 9/11 responder and advocate, was angered by the party.
“Everyone who lost a loved one in 9/11 should be outraged,” he said. “Shame on the museum.”
Attempts to contact the 9/11 Museum, Condé Nast and Bloomberg late Tuesday were not successful.
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