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World Trade Center

  1. photo op
    This Is What One-Half of the World Trade Center Memorial Will Look Like When It’s WorkingThe massive fountain was tested yesterday.
  2. land of the free
    By the Way, There Was a Muslim Prayer Center in the World Trade Center While It Still StoodMeanwhile, the ‘Post’ presents us with a tasteful human splatter map.
  3. architecture
    The Ungainly Monoliths of Manhattan’s FutureThe Empire State Building is losing its splendid isolation, part of a crop of ungainly monoliths that will soon make up Manhattan’s skyline.
  4. real estate
    Port Authority and Larry Silverstein Make Nice, for NowHow long until construction at ground zero begins?
  5. real estate
    1 World Trade Center Continues Tenant Turnaround With Interest From Bank of AmericaThe lonely lady of downtown is now the belle of the ball!
  6. loose threads
    Madonna Impersonators Flood Material Girl Launch; Gisele Fights Back About Breast-feedingPlus, more September cover reveals.
  7. ink-stained wretches
    Condé Nast Officially in Talks to Move to World Trade CenterIt is “highly likely” that the magazine company will move downtown in 2013.
  8. real estate
    Port Authority Picks Durst to Build One World Trade CenterDurst edges out international development company Related.
  9. neighborhood news
    Fox News: Could the Middle East Own the World Trade Center?This is helpful.
  10. conde nast
    Condé Nast Staff Not Pleased About Potential Move to ‘Creepy’ WTC Site“Even people who could walk there don’t want to move there.”
  11. ink-stained wretches
    Condé Nast Considering Ditching Times Square for World Trade Center SiteWhat do you do when you’re a magazine company that’s tired of working right at the heart of a tourist-infested, legendary-but-charmless Manhattan transit hub? Consider moving to the other one, apparently.
  12. juxtaposition issues
    Saskatchewan Party Does Not Know How to Get People Excited About a PartyCanadian political party uses graphic 9/11 image to generate excitement for pig roast.
  13. There Are a Few Reasons Why Donald Trump May Not Bid on the World Trade Center SiteA lack of funds is not one of them, of course.
  14. september 11
    Ground Zero, Eight Years LaterAnother September 11 anniversary has been reached with unsatisfactory progress in lower Manhattan.
  15. world trade center
    Jerry Nadler Proposes September 11 Commemorative CoinDoes this mean the $3 coins Aunt Helen bought from a street vendor downtown five years ago while she was visiting from California are going to appreciate in value?
  16. united we stand
    Watching Concrete Dry Was Never So InterestingBecause people are moving around really fast!
  17. the future
    In Defense of Calatrava’s World Trade Center HubIt may be over budget and behind schedule, but it shouldn’t be dismissed.
  18. real estate
    1 WTC: A Return to Linguistic NormalcyFor far too long, the use of “freedom” has been a cheap rhetorical trick.
  19. real estate
    One World Trade Center, Now With Less FreedomMarketers selling office space at ground zero have decided to ditch the name “Freedom Tower.”
  20. intel
    Seven Years LaterTell us what you think, seven years later.
  21. company town
    Why Do Weather Reporters Need to Stand IN a Hurricane to Report on It?Do we really need Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, and Brian Williams in Louisiana when they could cover the hurricane and the RNC at the same time? Plus, all your daily finance, real estate, law, and media news.
  22. company town
    ‘People’ Gets the Last Giggle Over Brangelina Baby PicsTurns out the issue whose cover displayed little Vivienne and Knox sold 2.6 million copies, the fourth-largest selling issue of all time for the mag. Plus, the rest of our industry news roundup.
  23. in other news
    World Trade Center Memorial and Museum to Cost $1 BillionThat’s nearly $400 million more than the original estimate — and there will be a two-to-three-year delay, as well.
  24. intel
    No New 9/11 Commission After All?The director of an effort to reexamine the events of September 11, 2001, has failed to collect enough signatures to get on the November ballot.
  25. in other news
    HSBC to Move to 7 World Trade Center?Finally, some good news for developer Larry Silverstein.
  26. company town
    JPMorgan Chase Profits Fall 53 PercentBut they did better than analysts predicted. That, plus the latest on Hamptons real-estate prices, Condé Nast’s upper echelons, and the “You go girl!” spinner, in our daily industry roundup.
  27. company town
    In China’s New York, Twin Towers Still StandingPlus the latest from the Federal Reserve, Skadden, Condé Nast, and Warren Buffett, in today’s industry report.
  28. intel
    Port Authority Honcho Gunning for World Trade Center Bully Job?In the PA director’s report on delays and cost explosions at Ground Zero, he suggested that David Paterson appoint a “traffic cop” to manage all the different projects. We suspect he has someone particular in mind.
  29. company town
    Bonnie Fuller Made $2.4 Million in 2008, As AMI Faces Bleak FuturePlus, the latest on Lehman, Merrill, and ground zero in our daily industry report.
  30. developing
    Port Authority About to Tell Us Whom to Blame for WTC DelaysA report is due out today citing seventeen to twenty causes for construction and planning setbacks.
  31. company town
    The Freedom Tower Has an Empty Dance CardThe Port Authority is offering it up for sale, according to the ‘Post.’ That, and more city news in our daily industry roundup.
  32. in other news
    Port Authority Delays Could Put Money Back in Goldman’s PocketThe advance money that the investment bank set aside to pay for its lease on land in the financial district for a new tower might go right back into its pockets.
  33. developing
    Bad News for Both of Santiago Calatrava’s Lower-Manhattan ProjectsBureaucratic holdups and funding failures are slowing the Word Trade Center transit hub and have killed the starchitect’s “Sky Cubes” residential tower.
  34. developing
    Wait, How Does Larry Silverstein Think These WTC Towers Will Get Built? Larry Silverstein’s feeling upbeat about the future, but we wonder about his grip on reality as it currently stands. Addressing a roomful of construction pros yesterday, the developer promised that the four towers he wants to build at the World Trade Center site will open by 2012 (with retail comprising “big boxes, little boxes, restaurants, and bars”) and told us later that the site would deliver “an urban experience” as walkable as Bleecker Street — “with bollards, of course.” Lovely. But Silverstein also claimed that construction inflation is starting to level off just as his architects are due to start confronting the problem of how to connect four distinct skyscrapers underground. “I was at the General Contractors Association table, and eyebrows went up when he said that,” says Rick Bell, head of the local American Institute of Architects chapter, who has visited the design studio where Silverstein’s starchitects are laboring to cost out the towers’ underground guts. “I didn’t get any consensus on that from contractors or from architects.”
  35. in other news
    For the Family of Sneha Anne Philip, Closure On the afternoon of September 10, 2001, Sneha Anne Philip, a physician who lived with her husband in Battery Park City, went shopping for shoes, linens, and lingerie at Century 21, directly across the street from the World Trade Center. She was never seen again. Her family has spent much of the last five-plus years trying to prove that Dr. Philip died the following day in the World Trade Center attack — most likely a hero, running into the crumbling building to administer aid — and not one night earlier under the potentially tawdry circumstances, involving drugs, alcohol, and an unhappy marriage, that a New York State Court judge suggested three years ago. (New York reported on the mystery surrounding her disappearance in June of 2006.) This afternoon, her family won. A Manhattan appellate court ruled that Sneha Philip officially and legally died on September 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center. She is the 2,751st official victim of the World Trade Center attack.
  36. developing
    JPMorgan Chase Tower at WTC Site to Lose the Beer GutWe’re no closer to knowing when the toxin-clouded former Deutsche Bank building will come down from its corner at the World Trade Center site, but we have fresh reason to look forward to the JPMorgan Chase tower that’s supposed to replace it. Someone close to the process tells us that the ponderous bulge on the lower floors of the design (labeled a “beer belly” by some critics) has vanished from the plans. Early renderings indicated that the projection would hold the bank’s trading floor, but it was received negatively by preservationists. The building still must negotiate a tangle of parking, security, and public spaces while offering wide, high trading floors, says our source. “Amenity floors and cafeterias and conference centers add up to different sizes,” the insider explained. So some creative structuring beyond the standard straight tower model may still be required. But we have it on good authority that the architecture will be more sloping than slouching. That is, of course, if the state clears the site up before JPMorgan gets tired of waiting and starts considering other locations… —Alec Appelbaum
  37. ground-zero watch
    Freedom Tower Peeks Over Ground-Zero Sidewalks? Oh, the excitement back in January, when Freedom Tower construction finally — five-plus years after the attacks — reached the towering height of eight feet below sidewalk level. The milestone was marked by a festive “Metro” section article in the Times, explaining just where you had to stand, and just how you had to crane your neck, to get a view of this feat of construction. So it’s with even greater exultation that we discovered this picture on Curbed today, which seems to indicate that construction has — are you sitting down? — actually progressed to above ground! Of course, the Curbed boys speculate what we’re seeing is merely a few Portajohns. Perhaps. But, even so, hey, we’ll take what we can get. WTC Chaos Update: Something Rises Above Grade! [Curbed] Earlier: The Freedom Tower Exists for Anyone Who Truly Believes In It
  38. the morning line
    Bus Stop • Sure, the Feds promised Bloomberg $354 million for his traffic-reduction plan (if he can get the city and state to pass it), but that dough’s mainly to put up new bus depots. Of the roughly $200 mil needed to charge drivers entering Manhattan, Uncle Sam’s promised only $10 million. [NYT]
  39. in other news
    Bloomberg Caves to 9/11 Families So Mayor Bloomberg finally caved in the face of the collective fit thrown by some 9/11 victim relatives, who demanded the sixth-anniversary ceremonies be held in the pit at ground zero and only there. The Port Authority will now contort to allow the mourners to, as the mayor said in a statement, “descend the ramp in a single-file stream that keeps moving into a limited area … and then to ascend back to street level.” We can understand why Bloomie gave up — nobody wants to be the villain, and how bad would pissing off 9/11 widows look in, say, some sort of national campaign?
  40. ground-zero watch
    9/11 Commemoration: Five Is Enough? City Hall and the 9/11 families are fighting over the site of the upcoming sixth-anniversary commemoration, and the negotiations have now devolved into truly embarrassing haggling. Somehow, each concession manages to sound even more pathetic than the one before. To wit: Today’s Daily News reports that Mayor Bloomberg has backed away from his initial suggestion to move the ceremonies to a nearby park (it’s sort of tough to do it on ground zero itself, given that the thing is a giant construction site); he’s now offering a compromise location with a view of ground zero. The families say they’ll take the matter to federal court on First Amendment grounds if they have to.
  41. the morning line
    Behold the Power of Crumbling Infrastructure • Families of 9/11 victims are upset — are the families of 9/11 victims ever not upset? — because the city plans to commemorate the attacks’ sixth anniversary in the small Zuccotti park. Instead of, you know, in the middle of a giant construction site. [amNY]
  42. ground-zero watch
    WTC Insurers Agree to Pay, Only Five-Plus Years Later A mere five years and eight months after September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center’s insurers have finally agreed to pay out Larry Silverstein’s claims. (And you thought the check from when your apartment was robbed took a long time to arrive!) Governor Spitzer announced a settlement yesterday between Silverstein and the seven insurance companies that tried to stiff him. So after all this wrangling, how huge is the gap between the amount Silverstein originally sought and the compromise sum? A measly $130 million — less than 3 percent of the total $4.6 billion the developer will receive. To think that this was one of the main issues slowing down the reconstruction at ground zero is, in instant retrospect, revolting. But both Silverstein and Spitzer put on gentlemanly performances yesterday; Silverstein offered a “very, very deep thank-you.” Another thank-you is probably being muttered by the Port Authority, which will help itself to a chunk of the settlement as a part of its earlier deal with Silverstein. And perhaps by the rest of New York, which might one day actually see something built on the site. WTC Insure War Is Over [NYP]
  43. intel
    Giuliani Blames Aide for Poor Emergency Planning Republican presidential front-runner Rudy Giuliani — whose campaign is based on his reputation as “America’s Mayor,” the hero of 9/11 — is famous for a lot of things. Letting bygones be bygones is not one of them. Thus Giuliani is blaming an old aide turned adversary Jerry Hauer, the city’s first director of the Office of Emergency Management, for the much-criticized decision to locate the emergency command center at 7 World Trade Center instead of a site in Brooklyn. After terrorists flew planes into the Twin Towers, 7 WTC burned and collapsed, and the 23rd-floor command center was rendered useless. “Jerry Hauer recommended that as the prime site and the site that would make the most sense,” Giuliani claimed this week on Fox News Sunday. “He recommended that site as the site that would be the best site. It was largely on his recommendation that that site was selected.”
  44. ground-zero watch
    Once More Into the Service Road — and Into West Street, TooIn 2002, with the “primary cleanup” of ground zero barely over, the city quickly built and paved a service road connecting the World Trade Center site to West Street. Only gradually, and without much help from the media, it is becoming clear exactly how massive a screwup it was. Since Mayor Bloomberg reordered the search for human remains last October, medical examiners freed 445 “potential” body parts from beneath the road. Finally, after months and months of new grisly discoveries, the city is facing the obvious: A new, large-scale excavation is in order.
  45. ground-zero watch
    Still With the Names? Of all the delays, scuffles, and tantrums besetting the ground-zero reconstruction effort, none is as fundamentally embarrassing as the general inability to settle on the order of names for the 9/11 memorial. Last we checked, the families of first responders demanded that the cops and firefighters be separated from the “regular” victims, and the original random placement gave way to a bizarre system wherein civilians would be grouped by employer, without naming the employer. Mayor Bloomberg, who chairs the WTC Memorial Foundation, has long been saying he considers the matter closed; that’s why a recent Spitzer remark suggesting “future discussions” threatened to start the whole ordeal anew. But today some good news: The governor and the mayor had a nice long talk yesterday, and they got their positions in sync. Spitzer now says he subscribes to the foundation’s plan. One would think that would be the last hurdle, but no. Some “family and firefighter groups” are still lobbying for the inclusion of victims’ ages and ranks. Yes, let’s introduce rank into this equation, shall we? Mayor Says Spitzer Now Agrees With Him on Listing of 9/11 Names [NYT] Earlier: 9/11 Name Fight Drags On
  46. the morning line
    Wanna Buy the Freedom Tower? • Guess what Port Authority is going to do with the Freedom Tower once the construction is over? What every owner of a half-built property dreams of doing: Flip it. By its completion in 2011, the skyscraper may be up for sale, say Spitzer and Corzine. [Metro] • Meet Mathieu Eugene, the City Council’s newest member and the first Haitian to fill the seat. Eugene won a low-profile, low-turnout special election in Brooklyn after his predecessor, Yvette Clarke, moved on to Congress. [NYP] • Busta Rhymes, on trial for kicking a fan and beating up a former chauffeur, rejected a deal that would land him in jail for a cred-building six months. The alternative: probation, anger management, and two weeks of lecturing kids about violence. [NYDN] • In New York, we wage our war on Christmas all year round — and we’re winning it, too. The U.S. Supreme Court washed its hands of the Brooklyn-filed case that challenged the citywide ban on school nativity displays. (Menorahs and Islamic crescents, however, are totally okay). [FoxNews.com] • And in New Jersey, a similar battle with a techie twist: A public-school history teacher is in hot water after a student taped him proselytizing (“If you reject [Jesus], you belong in hell,” etc.) and saying that dinosaurs were on Noah’s ark. [NYT]
  47. ground-zero watch
    Now Calatrava’s Transit Hub, Too, Isn’t Quite Working Out as PlannedWe’ve always been partial to Santiago Calatrava’s World Trade Center transit hub; the building, a kind of spiny origami piece with movable wings, is the most genuinely exciting structure on the site. It’s also the only one that, for a long time, seemed to be getting anywhere. So it’s with a heavy heart that we report the following: The damn thing is suddenly a billion dollars over budget. The projected cost for the hub is now a jaw-dropping $3.4 billion. (And that’s the kind of money, as we learned today, that will buy you about 120 apartment towers in Brooklyn.) The contractors are embarking on a “major value engineering effort” to steer the project back to its original $2.2 billion price-tag. We think we know what that means — dumbed-down form and Plan-B materials — although the builders swear the “overall integrity of the design” will be intact. Screw integrity. Give us the movable wings. $3.4B For WTC Hub a Rail Shock [NYP]
  48. developing
    Brits Beat Us to 9/11 Memorial Believe it or not, you’ll actually be able to visit a 9/11 memorial in lower Manhattan this summer. But, naturally, it’s not ours, of course (don’t be silly). The British Memorial Garden at Hanover Square is nearly finished; it’s just awaiting a planting ceremony — complete with 65 singing Welsh children — scheduled for March 1 (a mere 22 months after construction began). Tonight, the “Anglo-American community” will gather at Cipriani 42nd Street to toast the near-completion. So how’d it get done so quickly? Garden president Camilla Hellman diplomatically praises the U.S. Embassy in London and the city’s Parks Department, which helped find the sloping site. We credit stiff upper lips. “We never tried to list all the victims’ names,” says Hellman. Instead, a fence line and finials represent the 67 British 9/11 victims, stone from the Isles reflects heritage, and the garden explores the entirety of Atlantic-alliance history. “I thought about families going to ground zero as a harrowing experience, and wanted them to come to Hanover Square and understand New York a bit better,” says Hellman. One way to understand New York: Visitors to the Garden will be able to look uphill at that recently opened beacon of freedom towering over it, William Beaver House. —Alec Appelbaum
  49. ground-zero watch
    The Freedom Tower Exists for Anyone Who Truly Believes in It How starved is the city for any tangible progress at ground zero? Well, consider this bit from today’s Times: Stand on Vesey Street, between Greenwich and Washington Streets. Look through the chain-link fences and over the Jersey barriers. The tops of six columns of the tower’s south perimeter are now visible, sprouting from the depths of ground zero. A seventh column, standing alone nearby, is where the Freedom Tower’s east plaza will be … They are visible from the sidewalk now because a second tier of steel has been added to each column, bringing them up to about 8 feet below street level. That’s right, reporter David Dunlap gives you step-by-step instructions on where to stand, which way to face, and how hard to squint to see the thicket of steel that will eventually become the foundation for the Freedom Tower. Imagine the corks that will pop when the construction actually reaches sidewalk level. What a View to Behold, and It’s Really Something [NYT]
  50. the morning line
    One Day, Everything Will Be Named for the ‘Daily Show’ Host • The Post has “Mob scion” Chris Colombo on tape waxing nostalgic about the days of former New York A.G. Dennis Vacco: “Spitzer is the worst. Vacco was the best. He didn’t care about anything. I had a hook in him.” Oh, the election ad that would have made. [NYP] • So there’s JFK, La Guardia, Newark and … Stewart? With the Spitz’s blessing, the Port Authority is about to buy an underused airport 60 miles north of the city and turn it into the region’s fourth international hub. Pataki, apparently, hated the idea. [NYT] • We suppose it was inevitable: The issue of how to list the names of WTC victims on the 9/11 memorial — alphabetically, at random, in weird associative clusters — is now fodder for hysterical TV ads running on NY1. [amNY] • So there’s this $140 million police-radio system the MTA had been installing in the subways for ten years. It’s done, but the cops won’t use it: Everything sounds “as if you’re talking through a glass of water.” A $140 million glass of water. [NYT] • And the Daily News somehow “learned,” unprompted by any recent developments, that Thor Equities is planning to redevelop Coney Island as a “glitzy playground” — a plan in the works for years. Let’s not tell the paper about the whole WTC memorial thing; it might upset them. [NYDN]
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