Ground Zero to be rebuilt (towers 2, 3 and 4 released)

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Ground Zero to be rebuilt (towers 2, 3 and 4 released)

Postby malec » Thu Sep 07, 2006 8:11 pm

I'm sure most have seen the latest (and hopefully final) design of the freedom tower. Now towers 2, 3 and 4 designed by Foster, Rogers and Maki respectively. I have to say I really like towers 2 and 3, they're both much better than the freedom tower itsself. Tower 4 I'm not so sure about, it's a little bland but not too bad.


Here's an article from the NY Times:


Designs Unveiled for Freedom Tower’s Neighbors

By DAVID W. DUNLAP
Published: September 7, 2006
The developer of the new World Trade Center unveiled the designs this morning for three skyscrapers at ground zero, which in their gargantuan scale would reshape the New York skyline.


The designs offered the most comprehensive picture to date of what the finished complex might -- just might -- look like six years from now. Above, the Freedom Tower is to the left of Towers 2, 3 and 4.
Each building has a different architect — Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, both of London, and Fumihiko Maki of Tokyo — and the result is entirely unlike the monolithic uniformity of the original trade center.

The office towers, designated simply Towers 2, 3 and 4 for now, would occupy three sites between Church and Greenwich Streets, along the eastern edge of the trade center site. Together with the winged PATH terminal and transportation hub, they would form the face that the trade center presents to the rest of downtown, with the signature Freedom Tower behind them.

The designs presented this morning by the developer, Larry A. Silverstein, together offered the most comprehensive picture to date of what the finished complex might — just might — look like six years from now.

Lord Foster’s Tower 2, with a rooftop of four enormous diamonds steeply inclined toward the memorial below, would be as high as the Empire State Building. Tower 3 by Lord Rogers, framed boldly by an exoskeletal framework of diagonal beams, would reach a pinnacle of 1,255 feet at its corner antennas. Even the smallest and subtlest building among them, Mr. Maki’s Tower 4, would be taller than the Citigroup Center in midtown.
If these buildings form any kind of ensemble with the Freedom Tower — Tower 1, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of New York — , it would probably be a jazz quartet.

Apart from Tower 2, they are also a far cry from the quartz-like forms originally envisioned by Daniel Libeskind, the official master planner of the trade center site. Though they follow Mr. Libeskind’s dictum that the office towers step down in height progressively from the Freedom Tower, the intended spiraling effect may be lost on the casual viewer because the buildings do not appear at first glance to be parts of a unified whole. Instead, it may look like an instance of urban randomness.

Under the terms of an April agreement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which is in place conceptually but has yet to be signed, Mr. Silverstein would construct and control all three buildings. He is also developing the Freedom Tower for the authority. Mr. Silverstein has surrendered his interest in the Tower 5 site, where the former Deutsche Bank building still stands awaiting demolition. Tower 5 has yet to be designed.

No matter the polish and refinement of the models and renderings seen today, the designs will certainly be subject to change in coming months and years, like all of the other projects at ground zero.

By virtue of its size and aesthetic bravura, Lord Foster’s Tower 2 at 200 Greenwich Street, between Vesey and Fulton Streets, may draw the most public attention. The 1,265-foot building is to have 78 floors, 62 for offices, four trading floors and the rest for retail and mechanical space. The uppermost of the rooftop diamonds will be a tripod shaped antenna whose pinnacle is 1,350 feet above street level, just 18 feet shy of the Freedom Tower’s parapet.

Construction of Tower 2 will require the removal of the Vesey Street staircase, also known as the survivors’ stairway, which is the only aboveground remnant of the original trade center that is still in place. It served as an escape route for hundreds of people on 9/11.

The main shaft of Tower 2 is to be divided by notches into quadrants, culminating in diamond forms that are meant to lead the eye down to the memorial plaza. The surface of these structures will be a porous screen on which snow and ice are not expected to accumulate; always a hazard on a steeply pitched roof.

Lord Rogers’s Tower 3 at 175 Greenwich Street, between Dey and Cortlandt Streets, is a flat-topped building with asymmetrical shoulders and the diagonal beams of the exoskeletal framework seem to echo the rooftop of Tower 2. The building will rise 1,155 feet, reaching the higher pinnacle at the antennas. It will have five trading floors, three retail floors, nine mechanical floors and 54 floors of offices, for a total of 71 stories.

Cortlandt Street will be kept open between Tower 3 and Tower 4. The Port Authority had originally proposed constructing a shopping arcade that would join the buildings’ bases, but city officials objected to the loss of an open corridor between the memorial and the rest of Lower Manhattan.

Mr. Maki’s Tower 4 at 150 Greenwich Street, between Cortlandt and Liberty Streets, is the most understated of the lot, with a sheer curtain wall. The 61-story tower rises for most of its height as a parallelogram and then, nearly 700 feet in the sky, it becomes a trapezoid, reaching an overall height of 946 feet, with no antennas. The upper part of the facade inclines toward the towers to the north and is meant as a unifying gesture.

Under the conceptual development agreement, most of this building is to be occupied by the Port Authority and New York City offices.




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Re: Ground Zero to be rebuilt (towers 2, 3 and 4 released)

Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Sep 07, 2006 8:23 pm

Survivors stairway....
http://www.survivorsnet.org/stairway/1_9-11-05.html
There's a campaign to save this....
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Re: Ground Zero to be rebuilt (towers 2, 3 and 4 released)

Postby paul h » Fri Sep 08, 2006 3:56 am

looks great, with fosters design outstanding. Maki looks just ok, nothing more, very uninspiring.

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Re: Ground Zero to be rebuilt (towers 2, 3 and 4 released)

Postby malec » Fri Sep 08, 2006 4:16 am

Pity that the freedom tower isn't groundbreaking though. It's as if mr freedom's now getting beaten at the game by his smaller but more talented litte bro :D.
I actually like Maki's tower more now. It's nothing special but it's good that he took a step back and let the others shine. It's simple but it's definitely not bad architecture, imagine if all the architects decided to make their buildings as "iconic " as possible, then there'd be no coherance whatsoever. If you take that into account then Maki's tower serves its purose I think.
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Re: Ground Zero to be rebuilt (towers 2, 3 and 4 released)

Postby what? » Fri Sep 08, 2006 2:06 pm

WTC tower 1. shit name, bastardised design
WTC tower 2. Shit design, what is this the 80's/ dubai? (his scheme for the original tower was so much better)
WTC tower 3. shit design, rogers can do so much better than this, look at ledenhall st. london
WTC tower 4. It's background but so not as offensive but extremelt conservative.

a missed opportuniy all round. i think the story of the freedom tower's design really summed up what makes bush's america tick. the people's choice was slowley erroded until market forces and the almighty dollar had their way. the whole thing disgusts me.

they should save that stairwell but im sure it will use up 4m2 of rentable office space and will be erased.
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Re: Ground Zero to be rebuilt (towers 2, 3 and 4 released)

Postby paul h » Sun Sep 10, 2006 12:36 am

what?
this is the world TRADE center, so practical functional and dare i say 'profitable' buildings were always gonna happen. I think the architects have to appeal to the corporate interests who are going to occupy the space. Empty symbolic buildings that were first proposed were really slated by the public.
Do i detect a hint of anti - americanism!!!:)
the more i look at these the better they get
I read somewhere that on fosters wtc2 the sun reflects directly from the diamonds onto the memorial site the moment the terrorists struck

love that wtc1, strong,bold and with the illuminated spire on the crown it will be a sight to behold.
(maybe the simple design a middle finger to those who challenge them??)



Short video interviews with the architects quite interesting have a click
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Re: Ground Zero to be rebuilt (towers 2, 3 and 4 released)

Postby malec » Sun Sep 10, 2006 2:36 am

The only thing I'm worried about it that the base of these new towers could become bunkers aswell if those guys who forced on the freedom tower complain again. The 3rd tower has the nicest base but also the most "open" so hopefully nothing will happen.
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Re: Ground Zero to be rebuilt (towers 2, 3 and 4 released)

Postby paul h » Sun Sep 10, 2006 5:11 pm

Malec
The changes to the base of wtc1 were made after the designers finally consulted the NYPD abut safety concerns, specificaly truck bombs like what happened back in '93.
I dont think the other buildings bases will be altered in such a way because the bases are designed i think for large trading floors, which are favoured by the the financial institutions.
also the maki design is rumoured to not be the final decision, he wasnt ready but didnt want to hold up the release for the rest of it. We might get something more adventurous yet!!
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Re: Ground Zero to be rebuilt (towers 2, 3 and 4 released)

Postby paul h » Tue Sep 12, 2006 1:56 am

Wackos taunt the new towers





The dazzling new World Trade Center design got a rave review yesterday from some Al Qaeda terrorists - and a vow to knock down the new towers.
"Beautiful," wrote a writer named Garib in a posting on the terrorist-friendly al-Hesbah Web site. "When they finish it ... we will come again to destroy it on their heads."

Noting that the three towers are expected to be completed by 2012, another e-mailer named Tabarak Allah wrote, "It is also expected to be completely destroyed, Allah willing, by September 2013."

The postings were intercepted and translated by the Washington-based SITE Institute, which tracks terrorists.

Told of the Al Qaeda chatter, Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman said, "We've got no comment."

The three soaring spires that would replace the twin towers were unveiled Thursday.

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Re: Ground Zero to be rebuilt (towers 2, 3 and 4 released)

Postby PTB » Fri Sep 29, 2006 11:11 am

Is that the Santiago Calvatra central transportation buillding or something. I saw an image of it in a book in a bookshop. I tought that it was for some spainsh city. It looks slightly constricted in that small space. it would be better in an open space
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Re: Ground Zero to be rebuilt (towers 2, 3 and 4 released)

Postby paul h » Fri Sep 29, 2006 11:28 pm

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In November work on laying the foundation of the $2 billion WTC transit hub began. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the new station will replace the temporary one currently in use.

Located on the northeast corner of the WTC site at Church and Vesey Streets, the station is scheduled to be operational by 2009 and is expected to serve more than 250,000 travelers daily. An underground concourse will link the station with the World Financial Center, the Metropolitan Transportation Agency’s (MTA) new Fulton Street Transit Center and the commercial buildings on the WTC site.

From the station pedestrians will also be able to access the Hudson River ferry terminals, PATH trains, 14 subway lines, and the proposed JFK rail link. The transit hub’s innovative design features soaring retractable 150-foot-high "wings”, providing natural light to the rail platforms, 60 feet below street level. The Port Authority will also develop up to 200,000 square feet of shops and restaurants within the transit hub in time for its opening in late 2009.
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Re: Ground Zero to be rebuilt (towers 2, 3 and 4 released)

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WHAT A ZERO!
JPMORGAN PLANS HIDEOUS ‘BEER BELLY’ TOWER AT WTC June 22, 2007 --

HERE’S the first look at JPMorgan Chase’s new headquarters across the street from Ground Zero - a 42-story skyscraper with a stack of floors protruding like a beer belly over a rebuilt church.
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How did we end up with this lemon?


The midriff bulge accommodates giant trading floors. The odd design was necessary to save room on the ground for a new St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox church, which will replace the original one destroyed on 9/11, and to minimize shadows on a new park.

The church will be built just north of JPMorgan on the same block, and Liberty Park will be on the block to the west.

Last week, the bank inked a $300 million deal with the Port Authority to build the tower on land where the ruined Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty St. is now being demolished.

Like much else at Ground Zero, the JPMorgan building’s bizarre form resulted from ever-changing plans that scrunched in more elements than easily fit.

Trading operations require the largest floors in buildings for Wall Street companies - so they’re usually at the bottom.

But three years ago, the state, city and PA decided to extend the World Trade Center to the block south of Ground Zero. The plan included the new church, the park - and an apartment building.

When JP Morgan came along instead, neighborhood residents expressed fears that giant trading floors starting at ground level would squeeze out the church or cast the park into complete shadow.

The tortured design by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox solves both problems. But it’s a glaring contrast to the eloquent, rational schemes in Ground Zero itself by architects David Childs, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Fumihiko Maki.

JPMorgan’s five cantilevered trading floors, starting at the 12th floor, will each have between 50,800 and 55,900 square feet - nearly twice as big as the floors above and below them.

Community Board 1 Chairwoman Julie Menin said, “I’m pleased to hear the preliminary shadow studies look promising,” but she did not want to comment further until a “full architectural presentation” next month.

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Re: Ground Zero to be rebuilt (towers 2, 3 and 4 released)

Postby paul h » Fri Sep 07, 2007 12:24 am

Just a little update on the area

GROUND 'ZERO TO 60'
WTC TOWER WORK SURGES AHEAD AT LAST
By TOM TOPOUSIS

September 5, 2007 -- What a difference a year makes, even at Ground Zero.

Once dogged by bitter fights over how to rebuild the World Trade Center, construction there is finally booming,
with more than 600 hardhats pouring concrete, blasting rock and raising steel in a bid to fully rebuild the site by 2012.

The Freedom Tower - the first skyscraper to rise at Ground Zero - has reached street level with the setting of jumbo steel beams
that will form the below-grade base. Next year, the tower's frame will begin to rise above street level.

Alongside the Freedom Tower, hardhats have built 121 out of 150 concrete footings for the World Trade Center Memorial
and Museum, with steel expected to be shipped in later this year to begin raising the memorial to street level.

The $2 billion transit hub designed by Santiago Calatrava is also under way.

Perhaps the least heralded project at the site is the massive, 80-foot-deep excavation of the eastern half of the
trade center to create a watertight "bathtub" for three Church Street office towers.

Most of the work began after last year's agreement between Ground Zero developer Larry Silverstein and the Port Authority,
which owns the site. The bistate agency is in charge of the bulk of the project, with Silverstein concentrating on three towers.

"We've restored a level of confidence to the rebuilding process and that's translated to the marketplace," said
PA Chairman Anthony Coscia.

He said that the reconstruction project has helped fuel renewed interest in the downtown office market, where
demand for space is booming.

"These buildings will be built and the site will be restored," Coscia told The Post during a recent interview.

Added together, $16 billion worth of construction will take place on the 16-acre site, making the World Trade Center
the most expensive and most complicated construction project in a city brimming with tower cranes.

Because so many projects are being squeezed into the site, each one is linked to the other
through shared subterranean structures - from piping to concourses to underground railroad and subway lines -
further complicating the work.

"It's not an easy project to build," said Coscia, who likened the engineering effort
to building a "subgrade Rubik's Cube."

Construction so far is mostly limited to the western half of the site, inside the 70-foot-deep bathtub
that was built to contain the foundations of the Twin Towers. A second bathtub is being excavated on the
eastern half of the site for Silverstein's towers 2, 3 and 4.

Silverstein, who last year completed World Trade Center 7 just across Vesey Street from the WTC's main campus,
expects to begin construction of his three towers in 2008.

"You ain't seen nothing yet," Silverstein said.

His design team of 120 architects and engineers has been working at a studio on the 11th floor of 7 World Trade Center.

"We will hit the ground running when the sites are handed over to us in January," he said.

One setback for the reconstruction is the fiasco at the Deutsche Bank Building, which is being taken down by the
Lower Manhattan Development Corp. a block south of the WTC. Two firefighters died battling a blaze inside the toxic tower last month.

The Port Authority, which will take over the Deutsche Bank site once the tower is removed, has an agreement to sell it to
JPMorgan Chase as a fifth WTC tower beside a park and new home for St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

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Postby paul h » Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:10 pm

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Stone Street in Lower Manhattan has been transformed in recent years from what one business owner described as a trash-filled alley into a booming late-night social scene.




By PATRICK McGEEHAN


Six years ago, in the aftershock of the terrorist attack that reduced the World Trade Center to a smoldering pile, local officials wondered whether people would want to live or work around the financial district again.


Today, as new residents fill converted office buildings and jam the raucous block party that erupts nightly on Stone Street, the more likely curiosity about Lower Manhattan is: Where did all these people come from, and how can they afford to live here?

Despite the slow pace of reconstruction at ground zero, the area below Chambers Street is humming with activity, much of it designed to appeal to the well-heeled professionals who are transforming the neighborhood. Already, it has added hundreds of condominium units and hotel rooms, a thriving restaurant row, a private school charging $27,000 a year, a free wireless Internet service, a BMW dealership and an Hermès boutique.

A Tiffany & Company jewelry store is coming soon, and plans are in place for the arrival of grocery stores, the type of business that the area has long lacked.

“There were very few who would have predicted that Lower Manhattan would have rebounded as quickly as it has, despite all of the false starts and delays and emotional overlays,” said Carl Weisbrod, president of Trinity Real Estate and former president of the Alliance for Downtown New York. “There were few people who were quite that optimistic.”

The rebound is a testament to the healing power of billions of dollars in government aid, like the federal Liberty Bond program, which provided more than $6 billion in tax-exempt financing for reconstruction downtown, as well as various rent and wage subsidies from redevelopment agencies.

Optimism abounds now among developers and merchants, who are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into real estate along the narrow streets of Lower Manhattan. They are counting on the district, in its next incarnation, to be not just a collection of office towers and trading floors, but also a self-sustaining residential neighborhood that will appeal to families.

Even accounting for the exodus of residents immediately after 9/11, the population of Lower Manhattan has increased by more than 10,000 in the last six years, according to census data. To accommodate new residents, more than 6,000 apartments have been created in the last four years, through conversions or construction, and an additional 5,000 are planned, according to the Downtown Alliance.

Office space, now in short supply, is renting for more than it did before 9/11. Over the next several years, around 14 million square feet of commercial space is scheduled to be built, replacing the offices and stores destroyed on 9/11, according to data compiled by Cushman & Wakefield, a large real estate brokerage.

The economic rebound is indisputable, but it has left some downtown merchants with mixed feelings.

Karena Nigale has found the new financial district to be more attractive as a place to run a business, but less affordable as a place to live. Since 9/11, she has opened two hair salons — each called KK Salon — within a few blocks of the New York Stock Exchange.

Ms. Nigale started out catering to investment bankers and traders with $25 shaves and $40 haircuts. But she has expanded to serve a broader clientele, staying open on Saturdays to serve residents of the area.

“Before, this neighborhood was operating from 8 in the morning until 5 o’clock in the afternoon,” and on weekdays only, Ms. Nigale said. She expected her business would soon become a seven-day-a-week operation.

Ms. Nigale lived above her first salon until the din from the carousers on Stone Street below her windows, along with a rent increase of more than 30 percent, drove her out. Unable to afford a suitable apartment in the sizzling downtown market, Ms. Nigale and her 11-year-old daughter decamped to the Jersey City riverfront about a year ago.

“I need two bedrooms, and there’s nothing for less than $4,000 a month around here,” Ms. Nigale said, speaking from the larger salon she opened on Maiden Lane last year. A place to park would cost at least an additional $400 a month, she said.

Her business, though, is thriving. Her young customers all have “big watches, expensive handbags,” and no qualms about the cost of her services, she said.

Indeed, the Downtown Alliance, the neighborhood’s business improvement district, estimates that the median annual income among the households in the financial district is $165,000, which is about triple the figure for Manhattan as a whole.

While salons and grocers may be welcome in the neighborhood, economic development officials argue that maintaining downtown’s position as a global corporate center is important for the city and even the nation.

Nearly 20 million square feet of office space has been lost since 9/11, from the destruction of the World Trade Center, the damage to the Deutsche Bank building and the conversion of older office buildings to residential use. Still, said William Bernstein, the acting president of the Downtown Alliance, “The financial industries will always be the backbone of Lower Manhattan’s economy.”

A recent sign that downtown’s traditional role remains viable is the decision this summer by JPMorgan Chase & Company to build a headquarters for its investment bank on the site of the ruined Deutsche Bank building. The Chase building will stand just a few blocks from where Goldman Sachs is building a 2.1-million-square-foot tower. Both are within a block of ground zero.

And 7 World Trade Center, which contains 1.7 million square feet of space, is open and more than half leased. The other buildings planned at ground zero would add 12 million square feet of office space in coming years.

Office rents downtown are 10 percent higher, at $45 a square foot, than six years ago, and the vacancy rate has dropped below 7 percent, according to data from Cushman & Wakefield.

Business owners are finding other uses for some older office buildings besides turning them into condos. Across Broad Street from the stock exchange, a former Bank of America building has been transformed into the Claremont Preparatory School.

Starting its third year, the school has several hundred students from prekindergarten through eighth grade, said Michael C. Koffler, the chief executive of MetSchools, the operator of Claremont Prep.

About 40 percent of them live downtown, and he expects that number to grow as more apartments become available and the neighborhood gains more stores like a Gristede’s supermarket planned on Maiden Lane and a Whole Foods proposed for nearby TriBeCa.

“You see children in baby carriages all the time,” Mr. Koffler said. “You see people walking dogs. There will be many more apartments with three bedrooms, meaning the development community is acknowledging that this will be a community of families.”

For some, the neighborhood’s growing pains have been a frustrating disruption.

Tazz Latifi’s pet supply shop, Petropolis, sits three blocks south of ground zero in the street-level space of an older apartment building. Since she opened in March 2006, her business has had to weather the relentless reconstruction of the surrounding blocks, Ms. Latifi said.

Her first unpleasant surprise came last year, when the building was emptied for a conversion to luxury condominiums. Since then, she said, Con Edison has dug up the street outside her shop three times. In recent weeks, some of the local streets have been closed because of last month’s fire at the Deutsche Bank building, in which two firefighters died.

“It’s frustrating for the residents here,” said Ms. Latifi, 38. “I have so many customers that have moved because of the noise and the air quality.”

Peter Poulakakos has had a front-row view of the less tangible changes through the windows of Ulysses’ pub on Stone Street and the six other food-service businesses he and his partners operate nearby. Talking over a standing-room-only crowd on a Thursday night in late summer, Mr. Poulakakos recalled that the street, which was first paved in the mid-17th century, was a trash-filled alley a decade ago.

Now, closed to traffic and lined with restaurants and bars, it is the stage for one of the liveliest social scenes in Manhattan, a slice of South Beach tucked into the financial district — minus the palm trees and bikinis.

Inside Ulysses’, which stays open until 4 a.m., couples were dancing to salsa music blaring from a D.J.’s booth. Next door at Adrienne’s Pizza Bar, which serves until midnight and was named after Mr. Poulakakos’s mother, a pair of women were buying a $12 four-cheese pie to take home.

A belief in the downtown economy’s ability to recover from disasters, financial and otherwise, runs in the Poulakakos family. Mr. Poulakakos’s father, Harry, ran the Wall Street mainstay Harry’s at Hanover Square for decades. He closed it in 2003 after his wife died, but his son and a partner revived it as Harry’s Cafe and Steak.

In April, Peter Poulakakos took a bigger leap, opening Gold Street, a restaurant that never closes, at the base of 2 Gold Street, a 51-story building where two-bedroom apartments rent for as much as $5,900 a month.

“Downtown still has a ways to go, as far as progress,” Mr. Poulakakos said. But the tide of sentiment about its prospects has clearly turned, he added.

“We get a lot of customers who used to live down here,” Mr. Poulakakos said. “They say, ‘I wish I was living here now, because it’s so different.’ ”


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Postby paul h » Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:23 pm

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Re: Ground Zero to be rebuilt (towers 2, 3 and 4 released)

Postby paul h » Sun Mar 09, 2008 9:26 pm

A sign things may be finally moving down there.



Workers move WTC staircase cherished as 9/11 escape route
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sunday, March 9th 2008, 2:00 PM

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A worker fixes an American flag to the historic Vesey Street stair remnant, known as the Survivors' Stairway, which was used as a 9/11 escape route.




A staircase that served as an escape route for thousands of survivors of the World Trade Center attack was hoisted onto a flatbed truck Sunday and moved to its temporary home a short walk away.

The so-called survivors’ staircase will be a featured attraction of the World Trade Center memorial and museum when it opens on the 10th anniversary of the 2001 attacks. It was moved 200 feet Sunday to a spot near the northwest corner of the trade center site.

"In many senses we’re all survivors of 9/11 — this city, this country," said Joe Daniels, president of the foundation that is building the memorial. "And the staircase is a really potent symbol of that."

The stairway — 37 stairs that once connected the outdoor plaza outside the twin towers to the street below — survived Sept. 11 and remains the only aboveground remnant of the trade center complex.

Preservationists and survivors of the attack battled for years to honor the memory of Sept. 11 by keeping the stairs where they were.

But state officials announced in 2006 that they would demolish all but one or two slabs of the staircase to make way for a new office tower, undeterred by a preservation group that named the steps one of the nation’s most endangered historic places.

The site’s owner, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said at the time that the 22-foot staircase could not be taken off the trade center site because it was too tall for traffic lights and overhead poles and possibly too heavy for bridges.

Leaders in Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s administration worked out a compromise last year to separate the stairs from their concrete base and install them at the Sept. 11 memorial.

Sept. 11 survivors and officials from the Port Authority, the memorial foundation and other organizations watched Sunday as workers planted an American flag on the staircase and then hoisted it with a 500-ton hydraulic crane and placed it carefully on a flatbed for its short ride.

Tom Canavan remembered using the stairs to escape after tunneling out of debris that buried him when the World Trade Center’s south tower collapsed.

"Time seemed to move very fast," he said. "It took me about 20 minutes to tunnel out, just digging. I had no fingernails left when I got to the top."

Avi Schick, chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., said moving the stairs was a good compromise.

"We were presented with what was really a false choice, which is to say either you get rid of that remnant and you allow rebuilding to go forward or you keep the remnant and the memory and you stop rebuilding," Schick said. "And we said that’s a false construct. That’s a false choice. You can honor memory, you can honor the day, you can honor survival yet respect and understand the need for rebuilding to go forward."
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2008/03/09/2008-03-09_workers_move_wtc_staircase_cherished_as_.html
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Re: Ground Zero to be rebuilt (towers 2, 3 and 4 released)

Postby rob mc » Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:58 pm

There pouring the concrete on the freedom tower foundation:, shouldn't be too long before it begins to rise out of the ground:

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Few renders of final product:

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