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Seeing the Trade Center Galleria, in Natural Light

By DAVID W. DUNLAP , THE NEW YORK TIMES

Published: November 23, 2008

 

Since summer, daylight has bathed the galleria of the new World Trade Center, pouring through the five-and-a-half-foot intervals between its rounded steel arches and creating a modernist version of the ancient, roofless hypostyle halls of Egypt.  It is a vision that the architects never intended, since the galleria — an east-west passageway connecting the World Trade Center Transportation Hub to Battery Park City — is far below street level.  Workers will soon lay down steel roof decking along 250 feet of the galleria, permanently cutting it off from the elements.

 

Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/24/nyregion/24rebuild.html

 

Slideshow: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/11/25/nyregion/24arches_index.html

 

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Four part special report on the World Trade Center site from Curbed.com:

 

Part One - The Freedom Tower: http://curbed.com/archives/2008/11/24/curbed_inside_wtc_edition_1_freedom_tower_rises.php

 

Part Two - Calatrava's PATH Terminal: http://curbed.com/archives/2008/11/24/wtc_special_report_2_calatravas_hub_of_burning_bills.php

 

Part Three - Inside the Bathtub (9/11 Memorial & Museum): http://curbed.com/archives/2008/11/25/wtc_special_report_3_inside_the_bathtub.php

 

Part Four - Et Cetera: http://curbed.com/archives/2008/11/25/wtc_special_report_4_et_cetera_et_cetera.php

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p...r...o....g...r...e...s...s....ZZzzzz :|

 

 

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The Port Authority delivers the annotated photo seen above, which means that—hold on, abacus break—

structural steel for the Freedom Tower (aka 1 World Trade Center) is now over 100 feet high.

 

Huzzah! Only 1,676 more feet and four more years to go.

 

· Image Gallery: 2/11/09 [Port Authority]

· Freedom Tower coverage [Curbed]

 

http://curbed.com/archives/2009/02/12/freedom_tower_joins_the_century_club.php

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A photo found here:

http://flickr.com/photos/fimoculous/3271515087/sizes/l/

 

Is probably the first I've seen where the construction site actually makes some sense.  That long white concrete thing stretching across the site is where the transit center is.  There will of course be buildings beyond it eventually.  The steel in the center is where the memorial is.  You can actually see that square of decking missing where the water at the bottom of the fountain goes down into the hole.  To the far left you see the WTC under construction.

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from 3/17/09. i started in front of century 21 and walked around the wtc site clockwise.

 

deutsche bank

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steel being moved...i know hard to believe, but there you go

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a peek into the pit from the southside

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there it is, the freedom tower going up

whoops, pardon me...make that one world trade center

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090327/us_nm/us_usa_freedomtower

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this is the northern temporary pedestrian flyover

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closeup of the freedom tower from the flyover walkway  :-o

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temporary path train station on the north side

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crazy crowded after work!

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last up -- bmcc's equally wrecked fiterman hall

is less well known that deutsche bank

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Deustche Bank is coming down, correct?  I first saw the area after the attack I think in November or early December and remember white dust still covering most of the buildings but maybe most strikingly the Deutsche Bank building because it was all black.  The really weird thing was seeing none other than Britney Spears, in her prime, getting her photo taken with some girl scouts or some tour group like that a block away. 

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a) So happy they went with 1 WTC, not Freedom Tower.

 

b) I had a meeting last Thursday at the Amex Tower, sitting in a conference room, I looked out at the WTC site and didn't think anything of it.. a minute or so later it hit me, amazing how it has just because a part of New Yorkers daily lives, don't really think about it anymore.

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a) So happy they went with 1 WTC, not Freedom Tower.

 

b) I had a meeting last Thursday at the Amex Tower, sitting in a conference room, I looked out at the WTC site and didn't think anything of it.. a minute or so later it hit me, amazing how it has just because a part of New Yorkers daily lives, don't really think about it anymore.

 

I wouldn't say that is true.  I think people continue to go on with their everyday lives but that is a huge scar on the minds of NYers.  You weren't here at that time and it was scary.

 

My old boss lives on S.E.A. and thinks about it everyday.  I've gone to meetings in that very same building and think about the staff meeting we were thinking of having at WOtW and the Music Video we shot in the area that led down to the Path Train Station.  It still creeps me out!

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Deustche Bank is coming down, correct?

 

 

yes, deutsche bank on the southside is coming down. so is bmcc's fiterman hall on the northside.

 

i didn't see any action on those sites that day and i have no idea when they will be torn down, but it will be big news when it happens. i'll keep an eye on it.

 

as for the bank building i have read the slowup is due to money, lawsuits over the worker deaths there and also because of serious asbestos dust concerns.

 

i dk exactly what the holdup reason is for fiterman, probably similar reasons. come to think of it i might have read about some consideration for refurbishing fiterman instead of knocking it all down and rebuilding from scratch, not sure about that.

 

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i saw something on wired ny about fiterman:

 

 

*The following information was last updated on March 6, 2009.

 

    * Decontamination and cleaning began in March 2008 and is expected to conclude in April 2009

    * Debris and walls removal is complete; fine cleaning is being done as the final stage before deconstruction

    * Roof ballast has been bagged and will be examined by the OCME

    * The FDNY hoist is erected and the elevators inside the building have been removed

    * Deconstruction will take place from appx. March through fall 2009

    * Design documents for construction of the new Fiterman Hall are being finalized.

          The bid for foundation construction will be issued in 2009.

 

 

 

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i dk david, personally i don't think anything like that will. but i'm open minded about it, i'll have to wait and see the final results to see what it does for me.

 

i'll say this -- in general i think its all too much space. i wish they would have just made a tasteful and open memorial plaza or park instead of such a massive footprint/waterfall/park/memorial/museum, etc., but realistically there was zero chance of only that happening.

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here's some bloggy something re deutsche bank deconstruction:

 

 

 

Destructoporn: Deutsche Bank Building Fades to White

 

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

 

 

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And now, the moment the W Hotel & Residences has been waiting for. The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation has issued (via Twitter, 'natch) a progress report on the deconstruction of the former Deutsche Bank building at 130 Liberty Street just south of the World Trade Center, a long process marked by delays, scandal and the occasional tragedy. According to the LMDC's color-coded guide, the upper third of the building has been completely deconstructed. In January, contractor Bovis said the building would be dunzo by October 16th, but the LMDC now says the process it at least three weeks behind schedule. Left unanswered: the details of the next building at the site to get in the W's way.

 

· FiDi's W Hotel Not Playing Nice With Its Neighbor [Curbed]

· Deutsche Bank building coverage [Curbed]

 

http://curbed.com/archives/2009/04/08/destructoporn_deutsche_bank_building_fades_to_white.php

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Mega-update on the World Trade Center site reconstruction.  Courtesy of the ArchNewsNow newsletter that I get via email and at www.archnewsnow.com.

 

 

1) Post-9/11 Realities Warp a Soaring Design: The unveiling of an elaborate new model of the revised design of ground zero’s transportation hub was heart wrenching...what once promised to be one of ground zero’s most triumphant architectural achievements is hollow at its core. By Nicolai Ouroussoff -- Santiago Calatrava [images]- New York Times

 

2) Calatrava calls transit hub a challenge: ...said that overcoming the physical challenges involved in designing the transit hub at the World Trade Center site has been the most difficult endeavor of his 28-year career...declined to comment on the stalemate between the Port and developer Larry Silverstein..."I am just a simple architect"...- Crain's New York Business

 

3) Port Authority wants to dump three of five proposed skyscrapers for WTC site: The incredible shrinking World Trade Center will be cut back from five iconic skyscrapers to just two signature towers...In place of two Silverstein behemoths, each designed by a British lord and soaring 79 stories, the PA would erect a pair of short, squat buildings no taller than four or five floors - coined "stumps"... -- Daniel Libeskind; Foster + Partners; Rogers Stirk Harbour- NY Daily News

 

4) Rising at Ground Zero, a symbol of resilience: Freedom Tower was going to signify America's determination to rebuild quickly and steeply...Fascinated, the city and nation waited. And waited. And lost patience. And interest...Its tortuous saga shows what can happen when too much is asked of a building...- USA Today

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prepare to be sick to your stomach with this news......ugh!  :|

 

 

 

New Renderings of WTC Towers 2 & 3, Minus 138 Stories

 

Thursday, May 21, 2009, by Joey

 

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[Renderings via NYPost]

 

It's shaping up to be a World Trade Center type of morning. The Fulton Street Transit Center has a new completion date, the Port Authority's WTC website has been updated with fresh construction pictures of the 9/11 Memorial and Fumihiko Maki's Tower 4 skyscraper and—most juicy of all—Mayor Bloomberg is assembling all the warring parties for a ground zero summit at Gracie Mansion. About that! Developer Larry Silverstein wants help in financing his WTC Towers 2 and 3, designed by Brit starchitects Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, respectively. The Port Authority wants to build just the lower floors and turn them into retail, finishing the skyscrapers when the demand for Lower Manhattan office space increases, like maybe in 2022 or something. How serious is the Port Authority about the six-story stumps? They've been quietly showing officials renderings of the idea, and now those renderings have popped up in the Post. That's gonna be a lot of I♥NY shirts! If the stumps do get built, will this just be another 11 Madison exercise in failed potential?

 

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· New Glimpse of WTC Low-Rise Compromise [NYPost]

· World Trade Center Redevelopment coverage [Curbed]

 

predictable remarks here:

http://curbed.com/archives/2009/05/21/new_renderings_of_wtc_towers_2_3_minus_138_stories.php

 

 

 

 

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Another WTC update from our friends at Curbed...

 

Construction Pour(n): One WTC Plaza Takes Shape

 

Further evidence that the Freedom Tower One World Trade Center tower will actually exist: this epic concrete pour, which, per Port Authority public relations executives, took 14 hours and used the equivalent of six miles worth of sidewalk concrete. This plaza, on the eastern side of One WTC, includes a fountain—see that large circle?  Fountain!—and concrete boxes where Swamp White Oaks will one day grow.  For the true concrete junkies amongst us, there's an epic two-minute time-lapse video of the pour.  Pour, baby, pour!

 

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The pour, completed

 

 

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The plaza, rendered

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some demo progress.

 

at looonnngg last, fiterman hall has finally been fully demolished:

 

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Savulich/NewsConstruction site at Barclay St. & West Broadway where Fiterman Hall, heavily damaged on 9/11, once stood.

 

Fiterman Hall, ruined on 9/11, gone at last; rebuilding project set to begin

 

BY Frank Lombardi

DAILY NEWS CITY HALL BUREAU

 

Monday, November 23rd 2009, 4:00 AM

 

Eight years after 9/11, there's a bit of good news at Ground Zero: Fiterman Hall has finally been reduced to a hole in the earth.

 

Plans are set for a Dec. 1 groundbreaking to kick off a $325 million rebuilding project.

 

 

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/real_estate/2009/11/23/2009-11-23_hall_ruined_on_911_gone_at_last.html?r=news&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+nydnrss%2Fnews+%28News%29#ixzz0Xhr6IGFM

 

 

 

 

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from the official annotated flickr construction page --- one wtc is now up to the fifth floor:

 

12/10/09

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"The steel erection for One WTC is scheduled to reach the 47th floor level in the 3rd Quarter of 2010."

 

11/2/09

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note:

 

The Port Authority is accepting requests from cities, towns, museums, police, and fire departments and other non-profit appropriate organizations interested in acquiring an artifact for appropriate public display.

 

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more:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/wtcprogress

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This is Great.

 

After countless delays and setbacks, all New Yorkers can agree that today marks a major accomplishment at Ground Zero. Earlier today, construction workers installed a Subway sandwich shop atop a crane that will rise alongside the Freedom Tower during construction.

 

http://gothamist.com/2009/12/23/subway_sandwich_shop_takes_to_the_s.php#comments

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These are some 4x5 view camera shots of the World Trade Center soon after completion, 1974-75.  These were taken by my photography teacher, Baldwin Lee, who grew up in New York's Chinatown and whose father owned a noodle factory that was razed for construction of the complex. These photos were all taken on Sunday mornings in order to avoid photographing people and moving cars. 

 

 

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courtesy of wiredny, wow believe it of not this is fumihiko maki's tower four as of 12/30/09:

 

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http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9207&page=43

 

renders:

http://www.wtc.com/media/images/s/wtc-renderings-tower-4-renderings

 

 

and here is the status of one world trade:

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http://wirednewyork.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3672&page=479

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The planned buildings look plainer and plainer everytime I look at them.  At least the Twin Towers, though plain, made a statement as two giant twins above the city.  The new ones really disappoint in my book.

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Thanks I'm watching it now.  You know it's bad when the developed calls it a "national disgrace."  I wish we could do something really special there.  Even if it was just rebuilding very similar twin towers.

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after all these years a deal was finally reached:

 

 

 

Ground Zero rising: At long last there is agreement on a plan for the site

 

Saturday, March 27th 2010, 4:00 AM

 

Bitter as the pill is, grand plans for building four enormous skyscrapers at Ground Zero have gone rightly by the boards for now, victim of an economic downturn that wiped out demand for office space.

 

For the moment, only two towers will rise and two others will be put on hold pending a return of companies willing to sign leases. Without leases, developer Larry Silverstein will have no income, and without income he will not be able to raise the billions of dollars needed for construction...

 

As sketched, in addition to the 9/11 memorial and a transit center, the plans for Ground Zero now include 1 World Trade Center, the former Freedom Tower, under construction by the PA; one office building, under construction by Silverstein, half of which will be occupied by government agencies; a five-story retail shopping center that can later serve as the base of a major tower if the market picks up, and ground-level open space where the fourth tower may one day rise.

 

It's not the dream that was envisioned, but it's a world better than a hole in the ground. Get it done.

 

 

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2010/03/27/2010-03-27_ground_zero_rising.html#ixzz0jU9oByev

 

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some news heading towards 9/11 again...

 

this seems optimistic but ok good:

 

World Trade Center Rebuilding May Finish by 2014, Officials Say

 

By Henry Goldman - Sep 7, 2010 6:51 PM ET

 

Four office towers, a transit center designed by Santiago Calatrava, a memorial and museum at the downtown Manhattan site of the World Trade Center may be complete by 2014, according to city and state officials.

 

About 250,000 people a day will be working and visiting the complex, developer Larry Silverstein said today at a news briefing at 7 World Trade Center, a 52-story office building across a street from where the twin towers stood. Finished in 2006, it is the first of several planned for the site.

 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-07/trade-center-rebuilding-memorial-may-be-completed-by-2014-officials-say.html

 

 

memorial news:

 

Sep 7

 

WTC ‘Tridents’ are being installed inside 9/11 memorial museum (Updated x3)

 

http://blog.national911memorial.org/?p=3387

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