Just over thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack brought down the Twin Towers, the new World Trade Center skyscraper has opened for business and its first tenants have started to move in earlier today, the Associated Press reports.
Publishing house Conde Nast is among the first businesses to begin moving into One World Trade Center — the 104-story, $3.9 billion skyscraper which is the tallest building in Manhattan and the U.S. It was built at the heart of the 16-acre site where the twin towers once stood and where more than 2,700 people died on September 11, 2001. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement released today:
One World Trade Center serves as a symbol of the resilience of the people of New York. Today, as we open its doors for the first time, we remember that strength and courage will always conquer weakness and cowardice, and that the American spirit, defended by proud New Yorkers, will not be defeated.
That lesson and that example live on today as powerful as they were 13 years ago. This is a tremendous day for all New Yorkers, proving once again that the spirit of resurgence and community lives on stronger than ever before.
A date for an opening ceremony for One World Trade Center has yet to be decided, The Wall Street Journal reported. (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center (pictured last month) is again opening for business, marking an emotional milestone for both New Yorkers and the nation.
2. A pedestrian gazes as he walks by One World Trade Center in New York on Monday. At a height of 541 meters, 1 World Trade Center, opened today to its first tenants.
3. The official account of One World Trade tweeted at their first tenants this morning: ‘Enjoy the views!’ The tower overlooks the National September 11 Memorial & Museum built in the footprints of the twin towers.
Here is a look at the new building:
Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey which owns both the building and the World Trade Center site, said:
The New York City skyline is whole again, as One World Trade Center takes its place in Lower Manhattan. [It] sets new standards of design, construction, prestige and sustainability; the opening of this iconic building is a major milestone in the transformation of Lower Manhattan into a thriving 24/7 neighborhood.
And here is the video report from CBS New York:
Foye called One World Trade Center “the most secure office building in America”. The building is currently 60 percent leased, with 80,000 square feet leased to the advertising firm Kids Creative, the stadium operator Legends Hospitality, the BMB Group investment adviser and Servcorp — a provider of executive offices. The government’s General Services Administration has signed up for 275,000 square feet and the China Center — a trade and cultural facility — will take up 191,000 square feet.
4. The sun rises next to One World Trade Center on Monday, November 3, 2014 in Manhattan. Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center is again opening for business. Publishing giant Conde Nast will start moving in on Monday into the 104-story, $3.9 billion skyscraper.
5. The South entrance to One World Trade Center is seen in New York. The building is 60 percent leased, with 80,000 square feet going to the advertising firm Kids Creative, the stadium operator Legends Hospitality.
6. Crowds of commuters walk past One World Trade Center on Monday morning which was back in business today 13 years on from the devastating attack on September 11, 2001.
7. One World Trade Center stands between the transportation hub, left, still under construction, and 7 World Trade Center, right.
8. An employee enters the lobby of One World Trade Center on Monday. Conde Nast employees were pictured arriving at their new base in America’s tallest building.
9. Only employees were allowed to enter One WTC on Monday but an observation deck eventually will be open to the public.
10. Employees are stationed at the front desk for Conde Nast in the lobby of One World Trade Center on Monday.
And the video report from ABC News:
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