1 WTC: Inside the Tallest Building in the Western Hemisphere

By Tobias Salinger Commercial Observer

The nearly-finished main entrance to the building. (Tobias Salinger)

The nearly-finished main entrance to the building. (Tobias Salinger)

As construction workers hammered on the World Trade Center site and hordes of tourists mingled with afternoon commuters last week, Jordan Barowitz of the Durst Organization invited Commercial Observer for an exclusive tour of One World Trade Center.

Although more than 2,500 laborers were applying the finishing touches to the 104-floor, 3-million-square-foot structure designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the 1,776-foot building will open around November of this year, said Mr. Barowitz, Durst’s director of external affairs.

“The fact is that, in two to three months, these fences are coming down for the first time since 2001,” he said, adding that a critical goal of the new 16-acre Trade Center site involves a departure from the previous so-called “superblock” design that cut the complex off the street grid of Lower Manhattan. “Now, we’re just at the cusp of realizing that vision. I think that’s really the pivotal moment of the site.”

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With sunlight, Kennedale 9-11 memorial marks moment terror came to U.S.

Robert Cadwallader, Star-Telegram

Kennedale, TX — Thirteen years after the moment the first hijacked plane struck the World Trade Center, the shadow of a 12-foot-tall rusty steel beam will find a granite wall in Kennedale’s September 11 Memorial and start its silent trek across an etched timeline of the events of that morning.

beam from the World Trade Center stands in the 9-11 memorial in Kennedale TownCenter Park; Joyce Marshall, Star-Telegram

beam from the World Trade Center stands in the 9-11 memorial in Kennedale TownCenter Park; Joyce Marshall, Star-Telegram

The beam, donated to the city in 2011 by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, forms the pin of a sundial rimmed with five gray granite walls. Four are dedicated to the victims, to the New York Fire Department and to the New York and Port Authority police departments.

But at 8:46 a.m., all eyes will be on that shadow in TownCenter Park, just behind City Hall.

“Watching that shadow go across really brings you back to that moment,” said Mayor Brian Johnson, adding that the centerpiece of the memorial draws people year-round. “Any other time you would see people walking around there and just reach out and touch it — touch a piece of history.” Read More »

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9/11 Related Cancer Cases Spike. Local Man among the Sick

 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.

Stroudsburg, PA – The number of people reporting September 11th related cancer and illnesses is growing rapidly. The New York Post reports more than 2,500 Ground Zero first responders now have cancer.

Dave Carbone [note: Carbone is a retired NYPD detective] of Monroe County is one of them. He recalled that Tuesday morning, “When you pulled up it was like oh my God, where are the buildings? They were gone. It was just a big pile of rubble.” He told Eyewitness News he knew his partner and partner’s brother were in the buildings so he didn’t hesitate to join the search for survivors. There were no shovels, gloves, or masks.

He remarked, “The very first days it wasn’t about that ’cause who knew?”

As rescue efforts turned to recovery efforts, people started to think more about how dangerous it could be working in the debris. Carbone said, “Now they had time to step back a little bit and start giving out some equipment.” The equipment didn’t filter all of the smoke, dust, and debris during those long weeks at the site. Read More »

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