In 1973, when the long-spanning construction of the Twin Towers finally came to an end, the original World Trade Center complex was dubbed as a ‘dream come true’ by then Governor Nelson Rockefeller. But just after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2011, which left a hole in city’s skyline, innumerable ideas began cascading out about how and when to rebuild it.
The dark day the Twin Towers fell, Rudy Giuliani, (the mayor of NYC at the time) declared that they would rise again. ‘We will rebuild,’ the mayor proclaimed. ‘We’re going to come out of this stronger than before — politically stronger, economically stronger. The skyline will be made whole again.’
Years later, One World Trade stands in the place of World Trade Center. And it’s not just the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building, it has also become a symbol of American pride. The colossal building already dwarfs the soaring skyscrapers that make up Manhattan’s skyline.
However, despite a decade of planning, the recent appearance of the new World Trade Center tower has been startling for many reasons. But let’s just keep that for some other day’s post.
It has been a long and tough road back for our beloved Manhattan, the past decade and all the bureaucracy and overhauls it carried with it; but the last five years, in particular, witnessed a lot of progress. Against all odds, there is now a World Trade Center again, standing tall in all its glory, well worth looking at after some long-distance bus travel. While it’s not quite done yet (and some parts are still up in the air) it’s getting closer and closer to the goal, with each passing day.