When the New York Marriott Financial Center welcomed guests Jan. 7, it became one of the first hotels near Ground Zero to reopen. Located two blocks south of the World Trade Center site, the 504-room, full-service hotel was damaged during the September 11 attacks.

For about two months the Marriott Financial Center collaborated with the Red Cross to serve as a Respite Center for recovery workers. Banquet rooms were used for meals and a place of rest for the hundreds of workers at the World Trade Center site.

The hotel and its owner, Host Marriott, provided complimentary use of its public facilities, kitchens, and all utilities.

The New York Marriott Financial Center, located at 85 West Street, was under renovation prior to Sept. 11, and reopened with a new lobby and completely refurbished guest rooms.