The Fulton Center station is finally open

By Rebecca Harshbarger New York Post

The new Fulton Center transit hub features an Oculus, designed to allow for natural light. photo: Gregory P. Mango

The new Fulton Center transit hub features an Oculus, designed to allow for natural light. photo: Gregory P. Mango

After years of delays and hundred [sic] of millions of dollars in cost overruns, downtown’s new gleaming transit hub, the Fulton Center train station, [sic] finally opens to the public Monday.

First envisioned as a way to rebuild lower Manhattan after 9/11, the MTA station was scheduled to open in 2007 and be the Financial District’s answer to Midtown’s Grand Central Terminal.

But epic funding and construction delays set in. The original $750 million price tag nearly doubled to $1.4 billion before the project was finished.

The initial contract for the project was unrealistic, according to the MTA, and was revised upward in 2009. The project has since stayed on budget, the agency said.

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West Windsor 9/11 Memorial vandalism probe continues

By Jennifer Kohlhepp Princeton Packet

September 11th Memorial at West Windsor photo Princeton Packet

September 11th Memorial at West Windsor photo Princeton Packet

West Windsor, NJ — The township has cleaned up most of the vandalism at the 9/11 Memorial but the incident continues to disappoint and frustrate the mayor.

Sometime between Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 portions of the township’s 9/11 Memorial, including a metal beam from the World Trade Center, were spray-painted with red Russian words. The vandal(s) also spray-painted the slate tile flooring inside of the gazebo, the wooden bench frame inside of the gazebo, the paver walkway near the reflecting pools, and five large stones in the area of the reflecting pools, according to the West Windsor Township police Sgt. Mark Lee.

“I was very, very angry when I heard about that,” Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh said. “It’s not the first time we’ve had to deal with this but this is the worst we ever had.”

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World Trade Center & Koenig Sphere subject of unusual print

By Khristi Zimmeth The Detroit News

Dan McGraw of Clarkston with his World Trade Center artwork. Photo: Robin Buckson, The Detroit News

Dan McGraw of Clarkston with his World Trade Center artwork. Photo: Robin Buckson, The Detroit News

From 1994 through 2008, Dan McGraw of Clarkston owned a framing store in downtown Rochester. Among his customers, he told Trash or Treasure in a letter, was the renowned architectural firm Yamasaki and Associates, well known for work on New York’s World Trade Center.

“I did various framing services for them and dry mounting of drawings,” McGraw remembers. “Senior architect Henry Guithard and I became friends and would often talk about the complications of constructing a large project such as the WTC. Henry was devastated by its destruction. Several months after September 11, I asked him if I could have something from the WTC, perhaps a blueprint drawing. A few days later, Henry gave me this beautiful copy of a drawing by Carlos Diniz, which had been given to him by Yamasaki himself.”

The print has at its centerpiece Fritz Koenig’s “The Sphere,” which became recognized as the centerpiece between the World Trade Center’s two towers, according to McGraw, who supplied the following background information.

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