By Daniel Beekman New York Daily News
Developer Larry Silverstein speaks next to a model of the new 7 World Trade Center tower during an unveiling of the plans in 2002. MIKE SEGAR/REUTERS
The collapse of a third World Trade Center building several hours after the twin towers were destroyed on 9/11 terrorist cannot be attributed to negligence by its developer, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Con Edison and its insurance companies claimed a company owned by developer Larry Silverstein and others was responsible for World Trade Center 7 being destroyed in the terrorist attacks.
The plaintiffs argued the 47-story building had structural deficiencies.
But the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan said it would be “simply incompatible with common sense and experience to hold that defendants were required to design and construct a building that would survive the events of September 11, 2001.”
By Stephen Rex Brown New York Daily News
A closeup of the visage dubbed ‘The Angel of 9/11.’ Mary Altaffer/AP
A twisted and corroded steel girder recovered from Ground Zero appears to bear the visage of an anguished woman who construction workers dubbed the “Angel of 9/11.”
The massive mangled beam is part of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and one of two “impact steel” pieces that feature prominently in the hallowed exhibition slated to open in spring 2014.
Experts believe the beams come from the point where United Flight 175 collided with the South Tower.Near the top of the distorted metal construction workers say they occasionally see the distinct visage of a person. Her eyes, nose and face are unmistakable.
By Nigel Chiwaya DNAInfo
Defaced memorial at Inwood’s Church of the Good Shepherd
INWOOD — Thanks for nothing.
Vandals armed with yellow spray paint on Thanksgiving night spray-painted a memorial to those who died during the September 11 terror attacks — on display at an Inwood church, frustrated church leaders said.
Members of the Church of the Good Shepherd at Broadway and Isham Street discovered bright yellow spray paint all over their memorial garden, which features a cross made from World Trade Center steel and 25 memorial stones with the pictures and names of victims from the attacks on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
“I told everyone at the Mass and you could just hear the gasps,” said the pastor of Good Shepherd, the Rev. Robert Abbatiello, who added that church members are struggling to understand why vandals would target the memorial.