Piece of World Trade Center to have home in Bossier City, Louisiana


A piece of 9/11 history will be put up in Bossier City [Louisiana] Tuesday morning to honor the memory of those whose lives were lost during the 2001 terror attack.

A 16-foot steel beam from the World Trade Center towers will become a permanent part of the landscape at Liberty Garden in the Bossier City Municipal Complex on Benton Road at 10 a.m.

The beam was recovered from Ground Zero in New York City.

9/11 steel arrives in Bossier City (Source: Troy Washington/via Twitter)

9/11 steel arrives in Bossier City (Source: Troy Washington/via Twitter)

The artifact will be temporarily parked on its trailer in the front parking lot of Bossier Civic Center for a brief ceremony and photo opportunities. Read More »

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Son of Fallen PAPD Officer John Mark Cortazzo Wins Award

Darren Cooper The Record

His football coach calls him “Lazarus.”

Anthony Cortazzo’s heart once stopped beating during track practice. He had no pulse. He already had lost his father, a 9/11 first responder, before he reached high school.

His story may not be biblical, but those close to Cortazzo, such as coach Brooks Alexander, know the Pascack Hills two-way lineman and track and field athlete is special. And they know the depths from which he has risen. At first glance, Cortazzo, 18, does not stick out in a crowd. But there’s something that separates him from the pack among North Jersey athletes.

His heart. Read More »

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3 World Trade Center Tweaks Design, Drops Rooftop ‘Masts’

Hana R. Alberts Curbed

3 WTC drops masts

Folks with eagle eyes should have noticed that the massive, imagery-filled reveal of the Bjarke Ingels’s stepped 2 World Trade Center tower also showed a design tweak for its neighbor to the south. 3 World Trade Center, which is also developed by Larry Silverstein, lost the two short antenna-like protrusions on its western facade. New York YIMBY approached the architects, Richard Rogers’ Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, about the change—and got a very reasonable response. Basically, the “masts” didn’t jive with 2 World Trade’s new look, so they got rid of them.

The original intention of the masts on 3 WTC was that they would express the structure of the building as it stretched towards the sky. But as the design developed, it became clear that they did not achieve this objective, and did not contribute to the aesthetic impact or functioning of the building. Furthermore, when we reviewed 3 WTC in relation to the new design of 2 WTC, we realized the two buildings complemented each other and the Libeskind Master Plan best without the masts. Therefore, they are not included in the final design.

3 World Trade Center from 1 World Trade Center

3 World Trade Center from 1 World Trade Center

After funding got shored up and GroupM signed on as anchor tenant, a previously stalled 3 World Trade started rising again in February. The photo above, taken from One World Trade Center in April, shows its progress en route to a final height of 80 stories and 1,170 feet.

The building is slated for completion in 2018.

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