A smile was said to appear on the Statue of Liberty as two unassuming steel beams were lowered in place from a tower crane and the new World Trade Center once again reclaimed its status as king of the New York City skyline from the majestic Empire State Building.
While the event took only a few minutes, it was more than a decade in the making as the entire world watched in quiet anticipation.
On Monday afternoon, for the first time since the 9/11 attack, another majestic milestone was reached in the recovery from that great tragedy as the new tower (aptly named 1 World Trade Center) rose to 1,271 feet, surpassing the iconic Empire State Building.
As the tower crane released the beam, a robust cheers and applause resounded from workers on the 100th floor of the structure. Ecstatic cheers also hailed from the 71st floor where members of the international media and the project developers watched on a live video feed overlooking the entire city area.
“We are well on our way to becoming the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere,” said Scott Rechler, board member of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site.
Rechler also mentioned the thousands of various construction jobs created by the project that is bringing citizens together in spirit and helping to revitalize the local economy and change the shape of Lower Manhattan.
Patrick Foye, the Lower Manhattan Authority’s executive director, exclaimed, “It will anchor lower Manhattan and its rebirth for many generations to come.”
The resurrection of Lower Manhattan is already well underway, bustling with activity during all hours of the day.
When it was the pinnacle of American and global finance in the days of the Twin Towers, Lower Manhattan all but shut down by 5 p.m. However, the neighborhood today has become known as the “Times Square South” as it is constantly beaming with tourists, retail, a thriving nightlife and new apartment buildings.
Before the 9/11 attacks, the center’s historic Twin Towers were home to financial powerhouses including Morgan Stanley and Cantor Fitzgerald.
A grand day, indeed, for New York and America as the new World Trade Center reaches higher and helps to restore the spirit and vision of The Big Apple.
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