Washington Square Park hosted a ceremony as well, and the arch was lit up in the colors of the French flag.
Earlier in the day at Washington Square Park, hundreds came to pay their respects to the French people, led by the French Consul General.
Mayor Bill de Blasio also joined the throngs, and spoke of the need to stand in solidarity with our allies.
"We will do all we can to work with our brothers and sisters in Paris, and support them in every way," said Mayor de Blasio.
As the people of New York City moved forward in the dark days following September 11th, Mayor de Blasio offered to support the people of Paris as they now move forward.
"My advice would be to stay strong, and continue as much as possible life as normal to send a message to terrorists that they cannot win," Mayor de Blasio adds.
Throughout the afternoon, crowds continued to grow by the thousands, filling the park where New Yorkers now stand in solidarity with the people of Paris and France.