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…)
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.”
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.
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.
There’s already a lot that has been said about the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, designed by Santiago Calatrava (too much, we think). New York Times architectural critic Michael Kimmelman, most recently called it a “soaring symbol of a boondoggle,” and also even less flattering, a “Pokémon.” The grossly over-budget and perennially delayed station did not even get a formal ribbon cutting ceremony, due to the ongoing controversy over its price tag.
The World Trade Center may be gone, but ephemera continues to appear on sites like eBay. Currently listed are two brass keys that sellers say are from the Twin Towers. One has raised letters reading “WORLD TRADE CENTER DO NOT DUPLICATE,” which the seller global-foto-archive says means it was cast in brass and not printed in the locksmith department of the Twin Towers. The back of the key has the numbers 281256871 engraved. The seller’s father was a collector of New York City skyscraper items, and the seller listed this brass key with a visitor pass saved by his father from a visit to the offices of Raymond James, a financial firm. Together they are listed for $489, and the listing expires in 26 days.