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World Trade Center, 11 Years Later: Here’s What’s Popping Up


It’s been eleven years since a group of murderous monsters destroyed a good chunk of lower Manhattan during the September 11, terrorist attacks, but a lot’s been going on to remind their buddies that “we’re still here, dickweeds!”

While the enormous Freedom Tower is perhaps the most visible reminder that New Yorkers are basically as badass as it gets, it’s just part of the downtown reconstruction that will eventually redefine the city’s skyline.

So, today, as we remember what came crashing down 11 years ago, let’s also take a look at what’s popping up.

The Associated Press has compiled a list of the construction projects around the WTC, and outlines the progress.

Here’s where we’re at (from the AP):

– One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, will open
in 2014 on the northwest corner of the trade center site with 3 million
square feet of office space. Tenants so far include magazine publisher
Conde Nast and the federal government’s General Services Administration.
The spire atop the 104-story building will reach the symbolic height of
1,776 feet. There will be observation decks on the 100th, 101st and
102nd floors. The building without the spire has reached its full height
of 1,368 feet. It is expected to cost $3.9 billion by the time it is

– The first office building to open will be the
72-story 4 World Trade Center at the southeast corner of the site. It
has reached its full height of 977 feet and is scheduled to open in
October 2013. Tenants will include the Port Authority, the bistate
agency that owns the trade center site and lost its headquarters when
the twin towers were attacked.

– Just north of 4 World Trade Center is 3 World Trade Center, which is
now an eight-story stub but will reach 80 stories and 1,150 feet when
it’s complete. Developer Larry Silverstein is required to lease at least
400,000 square feet of space before finishing the building.
Silverstein’s team is projecting a completion date of 2015 or 2016.

– At the site’s northeast corner, 2 World Trade Center is up only to
street level. The building is planned as an 88-story skyscraper but will
not be built until the commercial real estate market picks up enough to
fill it.

– The new transportation hub at the trade center
will connect 13 subway lines and PATH trains to New Jersey when it opens
in 2015. It will replace the temporary PATH station that was built
after the Sept. 11 attacks. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago
Calatrava, the station will serve 250,000 travelers a day. There will be
two levels of retail space. None of the tenants has been announced yet.
The cost of the transportation hub, originally pegged at $2.2 billion,
is now expected to exceed $3.5 billion.

– A performing arts
center planned for the site has been in limbo for years. A board of
directors was named this year and was given the task of raising money to
build the center, which is to include a 1,000-seat theater.

– An underground vehicle security center and bus parking facility just south of the main trade center site will open in 2013.

Fuck yeah, America!


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