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  • The 9/11memorial plaza

    The 9/11 memorial plaza

    For the first time, the public will be able to visit the ground zero commemoration site on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. [more]

  • WTC fence to come down after 13 years

    January 27, 2014 08:38AM
    The fence at the World Trade Center site

    The fence at the World Trade Center site

    A fence that has cordoned off the World Trade Center site from the rest of Downtown for the past 13 years is set to come down – at least partially – in 2014. The move will allow visitors to the 9/11 Memorial to move freely between the memorial and the neighborhood, according to Joe Daniels, president of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. [more]

  • 9/11 museum sets admission fee at $24

    January 24, 2014 08:17AM

    The National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum

    The National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum will charge adults a $24 admission fee, the museum announced Thursday. Museum officials previously said that the entrance fee would be between $20 and $25 to help cover the high costs of running the institution. [more]

  • National September 11 Memorial

    National September 11 Memorial

    The National September 11 Memorial & Museum Foundation has raised $15 million from foreign donors but still needs another $9 million to close the gap between what it expects to generate through admissions and gift sales, and what it needs to operate every year. The group has tried unsuccessfully to get Congress to help out with its estimated $60 million budget but will have to go back to lawmakers to keep the yet-unopened project alive. [more]

  • Fire breaks out at WTC site: VIDEO

    December 26, 2012 02:30PM

    Smoke billowing off a trailer at the World Trade Center

    A two-alarm blaze spread across several trailers at the World Trade Center this morning, blowing smoke across the site of 9/11 memorial, according to Gothamist. The fire occurred at approximately 11:30 this morning, drawing approximately 100 firefighters from 25 different units. No injuries have been reported. (See the video after the jump)

  • 4 World Trade Center (credit: Joe Woolhead, courtesy of Silverstein Properties)

    A week that started off so positively for 4 World Trade Center has suddenly taken a turn for the worse. After celebrating its topping off on Monday, the building has seen consecutive days of construction accidents. This morning, the New York Daily News reported that a peice of steel being carried by crane to the upper part of the tower slammed into the building’s 45th floor, shattering glass and sending it tumbling on to Liberty Street and the 9/11 Memorial. The memorial was shut down for the day and Liberty Street was closed to traffic. [more]

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  • From left: 9/11 Memorial and Museum of Jewish Heritage

    Designed partly to show America’s resiliency after the 9/11 attacks, the ground zero memorial is also helping Lower Manhattan’s museums and cultural institutions bounce back. Crain’s cited Downtown Alliance figures that showed a record 9.8 million people visited museums, events and attractions in the area in 2011, an 8 percent annual increase. A million of those visitors came to the 9/11 Memorial in its three and a half months, and 3 million people from 150 countries have visited it since its debut. [more]

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    A view of the portico at the Frick Collection
    The Frick Collection may well be the stodgiest and most stalwart institution in Manhattan — and I mean that as a compliment. But change does come to this doughty museum, as is evident in the opening, two weeks ago, of its new portico gallery, dedicated to sculpture and the decorative arts.

    Strictly speaking, this is not a new structure, but rather the reapplication — one might almost say the resurrection — of a pre-existing structure. For nearly a century now, New Yorkers walking along Fifth Avenue and 71st Street have seen a long, colonnaded portico stretching from the recessed main building right up to the avenue. But no one ever entered it, and the museum never made any use of it. This is the narrow space that has now been developed into a lovely, glazed gallery that feels fully in keeping with the luxurious style of the rest of the building. … [more]

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    From left: Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a rendering of the Sept. 11 Museum

    A $300 million dispute has nearly ceased construction at the Sept. 11 Memorial Museum, reported, and might need to be resolved in court. Now, it seems all but certain that the museum won’t open by its September 2012 target.

    After initially making claims of being owed $156 million, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey recently updated the figure, saying the National September 11 Memorial & Museum Foundation actually owes it $300 million for cost overruns at the site. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is chair of the foundation, said the foundation believes the Port Authority is the indebted party at the site. … [more]

  • Construction costs will likely delay the planned 2012 opening of the Sept. 11 museum at the World Trade Center, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    Two months ago the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which owns the site, ceased to renew construction contracts for the $800 million project, slowing progress because it says the National September 11 Memorial & Museum foundation owes $156 million.

    But the foundation believes it is owed more than $100 million because of delays. … [more]

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  • Park Tower Group, one of the first New York developers to see potential in the Brooklyn waterfront, is brushing off plans for 10 luxury apartment buildings with 4,000 units on a 20-acre plot of land at the old Greenpoint Lumber Exchange, which it purchased almost a decade ago, the New York Observer reported. At least one of the towers should break ground at the site, which is currently used for construction storage and movie lots, by 2012.

    Park Tower, which is headed up by developer George Klein, had delayed the project during the recession and recently shifted its focus at the site to rentals from condominiums to more easily find financing. It hopes to secure construction loans in the coming months. … [more]

  • Now that Hurricane Irene has come and gone, commercial real estate firms across the city have been assessing the damage to their portfolio, and according to Crain’s, most have come away relatively unscathed.
    For example, the city’s largest commercial landlord, SL Green, said there were only minor leaks across some of its 36 buildings. “We had nothing that even rises to the level of an insurance claim,” said Elizabeth Majkowski, senior vice president of operations at the firm. … [more]

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    World Trade Center memorial photo from July 2011 (credit: Port Authority)

    Drew Warshaw, chief of staff of the Port Authority and the man that Chris Ward bestowed the majority of the credit upon for the progress at the World Trade Center memorial, said the key to finishing the memorial in time for the 10-year anniversary was building the site’s PATH Station backwards. In an interview with New York Magazine, Warshaw said engineers concluded in 2008 that the only way to complete the memorial — which had been intended to sit atop the PATH station — in time was to build the roof of the station first, rather than build with the traditional ground-up method. He said, with safety concerns in mind, he expects about 1,500 people to visit the site per hour. … [more]

  • Rather than spend $30 million to reconstruct Chinatown’s Chatham Square, already victimized by extra traffic thanks to the Brooklyn Bridge construction that reroutes traffic to the Manhattan Bridge and spills over to the area, the city said it would invest the money elsewhere. According to DNAinfo, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. did not want the two projects going on simultaneously, and instead will use the funds to manage extra traffic expected from the Sept. 11 memorial and improve sections of Water Street. … [more]

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    Rendering of the September 11th Memorial plaza

    The city has been preparing for years for the opening of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum on this year’s 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. But according to the Post, planners of the $508 million project overlooked one minor detail: there won’t be a single toilet on the eight-acre plaza to accommodate the millions of visitors expected. The memorial, which will display the names of the 2,982 victims of the terrorist attacks around two large reflecting pools, will eventually sit above a seven-story, below-grade museum, slated to open in the fall of 2012. The museum will of course have bathrooms, but the city said it has no plans to bring porta-potties to the site prior to its debut. Discount department store Century 21, which houses the closest bathrooms to the site, is already on alert for a deluge of visitors. … [more]

  • The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation will allocate $800,000 to turn the construction site where the Deutsche Bank building once stood into a gathering plaza for tourists visiting the Sept. 11 memorial slated to open this September, DNAinfo reported. The plaza will be in place until construction at the World Trade Center is finished, and the area fully reopens to the public. Joe Daniels, president of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, said the plaza will alleviate traffic at the memorial’s West Street entrance and will ensure surrounding streets and sidewalks are not over-crowded. Citing its own inexperience, the LMDC is leaning on the Sept. 11 memorial foundation or the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to build the plaza. [DNAinfo]

  • Sept. 11 memorial contractor Bovis Lend Lease has been ordered to hire an independent watchdog to oversee its work, following a Department of Investigation probe that found possible incidences of bill-padding, according to the New York Daily News. Investigators say there’s evidence that Bovis may have improperly charged the city for bogus overtime costs on more than 100 different city-funded projects. The watchdog will review the builder’s “past and future financial activities,” according to a city spokesperson. … [more]

  • Though the World Trade Center rebuilding effort has been marred by delays and bitter disputes, the National September 11 Memorial, which will take up half of Ground Zero, is well on its way to completion, with its opening date still on schedule for next year’s 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The memorial, for which 90 percent of the contracts have been awarded, 99 percent of the steel has been installed and 60 percent of the concrete has been poured, is expected to draw between 5 and 7 million visitors per year — making it the biggest attraction in the city — and could even be finished a few months early. The museum below the eight-acre memorial space is slated to open the following year, and construction for the 125,000-square-foot space is slated to get underway in the next few months. The $700 million construction project got half its funding from the government and half from corporations and the public. Officials in charge of the memorial estimate that it will cost $50 million a year to run.


  • Not much progress at WTC site

    March 10, 2010 02:13PM

    While World Trade Center site Tower 1 is on its way up, there hasn’t been much development going on at the site otherwise, according to an NBC tour of the site. Most significant could be the lack of progress at World Trade Center towers 2, 3 and 4, which have not been completely funded. In terms of construction, “2 and 3 — there’s nothing’s happening; 4 — a few floors perhaps.” And at the site of the performing arts center, funded by the city, “there’s nothing happening on that either.” The memorial and museum is supposed to be partially open some time next year and the transit hub is slated to open, at least partially, in 2013. Meanwhile, at the end of last month, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey unveiled a video which showed about 95 percent of the 9/11 Memorial steel had been installed, while the subterranean Memorial Museum had taken its first steps toward fruition. One World Trade Center, that video shows, had reached the 20th floor in its construction.

  • Islamic center planned near Ground Zero

    December 09, 2009 10:02AM

    At 45 Park Place, the former Burlington Coat Factory space destroyed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a Muslim group gathers for prayer every Friday afternoon. The gathering is a preliminary sign of the group’s plans to create a larger Islamic culture center there that it hopes will send “the opposite statement to what happened on 9/11” and “push back against the extremists,” according to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the cleric in charge of the project and a leader at the Al Farah mosque at 245 West Broadway. The group bought the building in July, and while its plans are preliminary, city officials and local non-profit organizations have expressed their support. Lynn Rasic, a spokesperson for the National September 11 Museum and Memorial, a non-profit overseeing the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site, said, “The idea of a cultural center that strengthens ties between Muslims and people of all faiths and backgrounds is positive.”


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