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"Rebuilding the World Trade Center" Ground Zero - World Trade Center Tip by Jefie

  Winter Garden at the World Financial Center
by Jefie
  • Winter Garden at the World Financial Center - New York City
      Winter Garden at the World Financial Center
    by Jefie
  • World Trade Center site ("Ground Zero") - New York City
      World Trade Center site ("Ground Zero")
    by Jefie
  • "Eleven Tears" memorial at the AmEx Tower - New York City
      "Eleven Tears" memorial at the AmEx Tower
    by Jefie

As we walked around the financial district, I found myself wanting to see the World Trade Center site. Although I never got to see the Twin Towers, everything I saw on TV after the September 11 attacks on New York City left little to the imagination. What people now refer to as "Ground Zero" will soon have a second life, as five new buildings are in the process of being built on the site in addition to the "7 World Trade Center" tower, which was the first new building to be completed in 2006. The 1,776 foot tall "Freedom Tower", scheduled to be completed in 2013, will become New York City's tallest building. A memorial, called "Reflecting Absence", and a museum are also under construction. For those wishing to find out more about what the World Trade Center site will look like once it is completed, it's possible to visit the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site located at 20 Vesey Street (open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, free admission).

Also, right cross the street from where the World Trade Center used to stand is the World Financial Center, a smaller but still interesting complex of four office towers that were designed by architect Cesar Pelli (of Petronas Towers fame) and built in the 1980s. Although security has been increased since September 11, 2001, many areas are still open to the public, including the beautiful winter garden atrium. I also enjoyed visiting the American Express Tower and see the beautiful, intimate memorial dedicated to the 11 American Express employees who died when the nearby Twin Towers collapsed.

Address: 9/11 Memorial., 200 Liberty Street, 16th Fl., New York, NY 10006
Directions: At the corner of Dey St and Church St, Lower Manhattan
Phone: (212) 266-5211

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  • Updated Apr 26, 2010
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