5. Liberty Street Pedestrian Bridge
The pedestrian bridge over West Street along Liberty Street, which today looks like an incongruous boxy structure, is another survivor from 9/11. Though damaged, it was repaired and reopened in 2002, with additional work done in recent years. Its counterpart, a pedestrian bridge on Vesey Street, was destroyed in the attacks due to the collapse of the Twin Towers. Historic photographs show the Liberty Street Bridge standing amidst the rubble, with steel beams twisted in all directions.
For more than a decade, there were marks remaining on the exterior of the bridge, believed to have been sustained when the South Tower fell. The aluminum panels of the Liberty Street bridge were replaced in the most recent restoration, and the bridge can now be accessed from Liberty Park, which opened in 2016, and from Brookfield Place.