14 years after 9/11, America remembers its darkest day (All Coverage)

Posted on September 11, 2015


September 11, 2015 marks the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people. Today, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum serves as a way to honor and remember those who were lost

by Adam MS, editing by Alex JS

14 years after 9/11, lower Manhattan is rising as WTC work nears its end.

Fourteen Septembers after terrorists destroyed the nation’s greatest office complex and crippled its fourth-largest business district, the rebuilding of the World Trade Center and the revival of lower Manhattan continue – one office tenant, subway platform and sidewalk at a time.

“This is not the end,’’ Catherine McVay Hughes, chair of the community planning board, says of the recovery. “But it’s the beginning of the end.’’

Over the last 12 months, the troubled Trade Center building site has witnessed no major milestones, such as the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial (2011) or Museum (2013).

Family members gather during the observance of theFamily members gather during the observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 at the World Trade Center site. (Photo: Todd Plitt, USA TODAY)

Instead, there’s been unspectacular, incremental, sometimes almost imperceptible progress. On the day the One World Trade Center office tower finally opened for business, for example, there was no ceremony – not even a speech by a politician claiming credit.

As construction fences and barriers come down, and sidewalks, streets, underground passages and bike lanes open up, the Trade Center “is finally being knit back into the fabric of lower Manhattan,’’ says Hughes, who’s lived in the district for 27 years and raised two sons there.

From the first hours after the 9/11 attacks, Americans and New Yorkers were determined to rebuild quickly at Ground Zero. But the task was impossibly complicated; the rail lines, utilities and foundations were an intricate 3-D puzzle; and a host of competing interests – including relatives of 9/11 victims – fought over the outcome, often to a standstill.

But since the last anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the first office workers have moved into One WTC, which at a symbolic 1,776 feet is the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building and the world’s third tallest. The tower’s top-floors observatory and restaurants also opened to the public.

And two key components of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire – News Corp. (which owns Fox News and the Wall Street Journal) and 21st Century Fox – announced plans to move from a Midtown skyscraper to anchor the fourth office tower that will rise at the Trade Center site.

The Manhattan skyline and the twin towers of the WorldThe Manhattan skyline and the twin towers of the World Trade Center are shown from Jersey City, N.J. in this March, 2000 photo.  Mark Lennihan, AP

Photos: Rainbow appears from World Trade Center on eve of 9/11

New Yorkers were treated to a rainbow over the skies of One World Trade Center on the eve of the 14th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th. They shared the pictures on social media:

Beautiful double #rainbow graced #wtc #nyc

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