As a New York State elected official I was recently invited by the Port Authority of NY and NJ to tour and inspect the site of the World Trade Center reconstruction project. The Port Authority is racing to complete enough of the project to open the site on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 that destroyed the towers.
In 1965, when I was working for the New York State Supreme Court, I would often eat my lunch at the then-new World Trade Center site. While the towers were under construction it was interesting to look down into the foundation, which the workers called "the bathtub," to see the PATH tubes (which were enclosed in a metal casement) running about one flight above the floor of the "tub."
Last week, 46 years after I stood and looked down into the foundation of the Towers, I was able to stand in the PATH station and look at the concrete casing that holds the 1 Train line and other hidden parts of the World Trade Center complex. I hope you find these pictures as interesting as I do.
Farrell overlooks the World Trade Center reconstruction project. For more pictures click here.
The Port Authority, founded jointly by the states of New York and New Jersey 90 years ago, oversees a number of the New York metropolitan area's transportation infrastructure as well as the World Trade Center site. The Port Authority oversaw construction of the original Trade Center site during the 1960s. As a New York State elected official, Farrell was granted the opportunity to visit the site where more than 3,000 workers are striving to finish the vast project.
The 16-acre site, which is bounded by Liberty, Church and Vesey Streets and Route 9A/West Street, will eventually include five new skyscrapers, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the WTC Retail Complex, a Vehicular Security Center, a Performing Arts Center, and Liberty Park.
One World Trade Center, a glass and steel office tower seen as the crown jewel of the project, is half complete. As of this week, 52 stories have been built, half the finished size of the building, which now stands 600 feet above street level. When complete, One World Trade Center will stand 1,776 feet including an illuminated antenna on top of the building, making it the tallest skyscraper in the United States.
A 2003 master plan for the site calls for construction of a memorial and museum at the center of the finished site. The six-acre memorial site between Fulton and Liberty Streets will include a reflecting pool and other tributes to the nearly 3,000 persons who died September 11, 2001.