New York opens first World Trade Centre tower 12 years after 9/11

Published on : Thursday, November 14, 2013

World Trade CenterThe first office tower at New York City’s Ground Zero opened Wednesday, since the September 11, 2001 attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center renewing the lower Manhattan Site.

The 72-story building stands empty at the moment, although two government agencies have signed leases for half of the building’s space. Both the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site, and the city of New York committed to the space years ago to help jump start rebuilding efforts.

Sheathed in glass, 4 World Trade Center is the smallest of the four main towers on the site where 2,700 people died when hijacked airplanes crashed into the towers. It stands 977 feet (298 meters) tall, a shorter, simpler version of One World Trade Center, which will not be completed until early 2014.

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