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Just before the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, plans to build a performing arts center at the World Trade Center site are moving full speed ahead. Propelled by a $75 million dollar donation from billionaire Ronald O. Perelman in June, officials recently revealed the new design of the complex, and announced singer Barbra Streisand’s election as the chairwoman of the board on Thursday.

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Two trolley museums outside New York City have incredible pieces of history from 9/11 – the last cars from the PATH train that was trapped beneath the World Trade Center after the Twin Towers fell. Both were in the 9/11 hangar at JFK Airport and were donated to the Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven, Connecticut and the Kingston Trolley Museum in the Hudson Valley in 2015. Both are on view already and both museums will have special events, opening up PATH train Car 745 for the first time to the public on September 11th next month.

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The newest addition to the World Trade Center, Liberty Park, will open next week, a Port Authority representative told DNAinfo. Across from the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial, visitors will be able to walk along pathways complete with a lush green atmosphere, similar to that of the High Line. (more…)

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In a nod to Man on Wire, the New York Times sent photographer and climber Jimmy Chinn to the top of 1 World Trade Center for the virtual reality video, Man on Spire, in the special New York Times Magazine issue: New York at 800 Feet and Above. In the video, Chinn brings along World Trade Center inspector Jamison Walsh for the 480 foot climb up the spire to “bring a human element” to the photography.

Chinn describes of the experience, “You’re climbing and climbing and climbing and all of a sudden you’re outside of a cage.” Of the existential feeling, Chinn says “You get that very visceral feeing of feeling insignificant…It was really beautiful and almost lonely. I think that’s what makes it special.”

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Downtown Manhattan is not only filled with history, but it is also filled with numerous permanent art installations – many of which are part of the history we so lovingly preserve. Beginning at Bowling Green in The Battery, view artifacts of the oldest man-made structure still in place in Manhattan, look down into a cistern from the 18th-century, and view remnants of a tavern from the 1800s. Ponder artists’ portrayals symbolizing hope, optimism and whimsy. Many survived the attacks of September 11, proudly showing their dents and holes.

Our list of twenty permanent installations will take you from The Battery, past Brookfield Place to Nelson A. Rockefeller Park, along the lower Manhattan shoreline.

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Last Thursday, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub (also known as the Oculus) soft opened to the public. Most of the media’s coverage has focused on the controversy over the station, but today, we’re sharing fun facts about its construction and the things to look out for on a visit.

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