Finally...the new World Trade Cente
r's core, building 1, has been built to more than 100 feet above Street level. This is where the north pool of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum at the new World Trade Center will be. And that isn't all. By the end of this month, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is expected to put an order in for 22,000 tons of steel for the erection of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub.
This news that the building is underway is music to the ears of most New Yorkers, who have been staring at a block-long gaping hole for the past eight years. Still, it does not mean that it is even close to being finished. But, thankfully, the war over it has shifted now from offices and conference rooms to the 16-acre site itself. What is now getting started is the job of engineering and assembling an interlocking three-dimensional puzzle that begins 70 feet below street level and will end at a point higher than any other structure in New York City.
The memorial plaza will actually open on Sept. 11, 2011. Then, the following year the underground memorial museum and Tower 4 will open their doors, 1 World Trade Center, also called the Freedom Tower, will be unveiled in 2013; and the transportation hub in 2014. The downturn in the economy has created questions about the fates of Tower 2, Tower 3 and Tower 5.