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A second 9/11 museum stirs up controversy

Photographer Gary Suson runs a September 11 museum from his Meatpacking District loft

June 15, 2014 11:00AM

The Ground Zero Museum Workshop in the Meatpacking District

The Ground Zero Museum Workshop in the Meatpacking District

WEEKENDEDITION The new National September 11 Memorial Museum and its gift shop have caused some controversy of late. But that isn’t stopping another 9/11 museum and shop from trying its luck.

Photographer Gary Suson is charging tourists $25 admission – the same cost of an adult ticket at the official 9/11 museum – to enter his “Ground Zero Museum Workshop,” which he runs out of his Meatpacking District loft.

Suson was allowed to take photos of firefighters at the Ground Zero pile and bills himself as the “official photographer” for the Uniformed Firefighters Association, according to the New York Post.

And now Suson is attracting criticism for claiming that “a portion of the proceeds” goes to charity, while his IRS tax forms reveal that a mere 3.1 percent of his revenues were spent on “grants” in 2011.

Suson also sells souvenirs on site and online, such as his book of photographs ($49), posters ($25) and T-shirts ($32), among other items. [NYP] Christopher Cameron

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