On September 11, Reflecting On Progress After 12 Years

On September 11, Reflecting On Progress After 12 Years

The World Trade Center site on September 11, 2013. (Branden Klayko / AN)

The streets of Lower Manhattan were especially crowded today as New Yorkers and tourists alike gathered around the World Trade Center site to mark the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. A national moment of silence was observed at 8:45 a.m. this morning—the time the first jet struck the World Trade Center—to reflect on the disaster and all who were touched by the devastation. Over a decade after the attacks, Lower Manhattan is in the midst of a strong recovery. With AN‘s offices only a couple blocks away from the World Trade Center site, we have been able to watch daily as construction continues at rapid speed.

This year, AN is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary and we are thrilled to be part of the rejuvenating area around the World Trade Center. During that decade in print, we have covered the changes at the WTC site countless times. We published a feature in September 2011 marking a decade of progress as the site celebrated a major milestone. That same year, we covered in detail the emergence of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum with a feature discussing the museum and several detailed stories on the construction of the memorial and how the memorial plaza is being built above it. Last year, AN editors toured both SOM’s One World Trade Center and Fumihiko Maki’s Four World Trade Center during construction to gauge progress at the towers. The video above documents that moment in the towers’ construction history.

At the site today, the glass cladding on both One and Four World Trade is nearly entirely installed and Santiago Calatrava’s transit hub and it’s dramatic ribbed structure are going airborne in dramatic fashion. A podium on which St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church will be built is showing definition and the facade of Richard Rogers’ Three World Trade Center—which looks like it will be built to its originally-planned full height after earlier concerns over the economy—is showing distinct progress at ground level.

If you have been around New York recently, no doubt you have noticed the twin beacons of the Tribute in Light installation piercing the night sky. The September 11 Memorial & Museum has taken the reigns of the light show from the Municipal Art Society and will culminate the experience tonight from dusk until dawn tomorrow. AN will be on site tonight to observe the lights as they commemorate the important moment in U.S. history and all those who were impacted.

One World Trade Center towers over Lower Manhattan. (Branden Klayko / AN) Flags fly at half mast in front of Santiago Calatrava’s under-construction transit center on September 11, 2013. (Branden Klayko / AN) The glass-covered base of One World Trade Center features projecting glass fins. (Branden Klayko / AN) Construction at the World Trade Center site, with Fumihiko Maki’s Four World Trade at far right. (Branden Klayko / AN) One World Trade Center towers over Lower Manhattan. (Branden Klayko / AN)