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    That contradicts your post 3624.

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    So I've always been a little curious what the situation with the 1 station was. And I guess there are basically finished stairwells to an empty station?


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    Is that the the Cortland stop?
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    Yeah. From MTA board reports, there's maybe not much activity below the street, but this is one of, if I recall correctly, 4 stairwells down from the street. There are two finished on the memorial side (SF Bound), and it looks like two not as finished ones on the 3WTC side. From a few months ago - http://secondavenuesagas.com/2015/02...post-911-work/

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    The work on the station is in MTA's hands. They can only do work on nights and weekends, as all supplies must be brought in by train. Scheduled completion is 2018.

    PATH platform B opens Thursday. This should mark the end of the temporary Platform C, and the beginning of the end of the rest of the temporary station. In a few weeks, new entrances will open and the current entrance will be phased out and demolished.

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    New York Times
    May 6, 2015

    As Oculus at World Trade Center Opens, So Does a Neighborhood

    By DAVID W. DUNLAP


    The Oculus structure at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub will open to limited pedestrian traffic in June.

    Santiago Calatrava’s Oculus, that unearthly winged structure taking form at the World Trade Center, will open to limited pedestrian traffic in June.

    This will give the public its first glimpse of a majestic and luminous space — framed by soaring, softly curving white ribs and the ribbons of light between them — that looks like nothing so much as the nave of a cathedral by Gaudí.

    Or like a turkey skeleton after it’s been stripped clean at Thanksgiving.

    The debate over the $3.9 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub, of which the Oculus is the aesthetic and retail centerpiece, is only beginning. Love it or hate it, however, there is no denying its magnitude.

    The public will have a chance to study the interior of the Oculus from a north-south passageway that is to open next month (or perhaps earlier), linking the PATH platforms to new entrances at Vesey and Liberty Streets.

    Progress at ground zero was once measured in years. This spring and summer promise one milestone after the next, sometimes separated only by days.


    Once the new arteries are open at the hub, commuters will come up into the east half of the PATH mezzanine.

    On Tuesday, a 25-foot-wide section of sidewalk opened on the north side of Liberty Street, between Church and Greenwich Streets, the scene of frequent pedestrian bottlenecks. It is a heavily trafficked route to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and, increasingly, to the 4 World Trade Center tower as it fills with office workers. People live on Liberty Street, too.

    Catherine McVay Hughes, the chairwoman of Community Board 1, said the new sidewalk was something people in the area, “especially the local residents who returned after 9/11, have been looking forward to for a long time.”

    On Thursday, the Port Authority plans to open the second of four new snow-white, marble-floored PATH platforms designed by Mr. Calatrava and his colleagues in the Downtown Design Partnership.

    At the same time, workers are to remove a temporary floor-to-ceiling barrier in the PATH mezzanine directly above the platforms, creating a broad perspective on the space, which looks like the inside of some fantastically large (but immaculately clean) marine organism.

    On May 29, the One World Observatory is to open atop 1 World Trade Center.

    Soon after, the north-south passageway between Vesey and Liberty Streets will open, “improving access and transportation connections for the residents, workers and visitors to Lower Manhattan,” said Patrick J. Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

    Construction staging has been particularly challenging since the authority sought to maintain service for 50,000 daily PATH commuters and those on the No. 1 subway line, Erica Dumas, a Port Authority spokeswoman, said.

    PATH commuters from New Jersey currently use a temporary station on Vesey Street that will be demolished in the coming months. Intense human traffic jams have resulted, as PATH riders scramble among residents and office workers who are heading to and from Battery Park City, and everyone shoulder-butts tourists.

    “Vesey Street has not been for the faint of heart,” said Jessica Lappin, the president of the Alliance for Downtown New York.


    From below ground, commuters will be able to see the Oculus in the hub as passageways at the center open to pedestrians.

    In the new arrangement, riders will come up into the east half of the PATH mezzanine, which is the transportation crossroads of the hub. Then they will walk under the No. 1 line, which crosses the vast space without any visible means of support, in a remarkable — and expensive — bit of engineering.

    Commuters will then enter the Oculus along its perimeter, protected from construction by plywood barriers. Fortunately, there is a see-through, mesh clerestory running the length of these barriers.

    “It’s for ventilation,” Glenn P. Guzi, a program director of the Port Authority, said as he led a tour through the passageway. “But the icing on the cake is that people will be able to see the Oculus as we’re moving forward.”

    Commuters going to Vesey Street will continue along the north concourse. Those heading to Liberty Street will take the longer south concourse. The storefronts along the concourses will be empty until later this year.

    The passageway is planned mostly for PATH commuters. But it is easy to imagine it as a prime destination for architectural sightseers, at least until the Oculus is open in its entirety late this year or early next year.

    New routes will be blazed aboveground, too. In July, the northeast corner of the memorial plaza is expected to open to the public. A pedestrian route will be created between the memorial plaza and Vesey Street.

    Together, these changes will enable pedestrians to walk the length of the World Trade Center site for the first time since Sept. 11, 2001.

    “You have simultaneously, both aboveground and below, the opening and widening of essential arteries,” Ms. Lappin said.

    Ms. Hughes, the community board chairwoman, said neighbors were “thrilled that there will be a north-south connector through four city blocks.”

    “This is another key milestone of the reincorporation of the World Trade Center into the fabric of Lower Manhattan,” she said.

    © 2015 The New York Times Company

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    I thought the Fulton Station had the Oculus?

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    It does. Seems confused.

    Oh, something I forgot to mention, a huge chunk of the vertical glass is already installed here. It's nearly impossible to get a good photo of it, though, which is probably why there haven't been any.

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    Oculus is defined as a cicrular or oval opening, particularly a window at the top of a dome. The Fulton Center and the WTC Transportation Hub both have an oculus, with this one particularly being Calatrava's winged atrium.

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    Misnamed.

    The Fulton Center isn't an oculus, but it has one.

    The WTC hub isn't an oculus, and doesn't have one.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/oculus?s=t

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oculus

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    Ha!

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    The birth canal.

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    Tribeca Citizen
    May 7, 2015

    First Look: The New Part of the World Trade Center PATH Station





    Platform B at the World Trade Center PATH station opened this morning—the signs call it platforms 2/3—but the platform itself is not the dramatic part. (Nice as it is, it looks like Platform A, which opened in February of 2014.) What’s new is on the level above, which leads down to the platforms. Before, you only saw a slice of the vaulted, ribbed Calatrava ceiling; now you get the full soaring effect. Also neat: As you enter this space, wander over to the left, where you can see through the mesh how this will lead to the Oculus. The map helps, too.

    The lighting is better than it looks here (my camera gets confused by it), but it’s not quite as dazzling as it coudld be. Sort of like in the passageway between the PATH station and Brookfield Place, where the crisp, white, futuristic light has been dimmed.

    UPDATE: A daily rider sent over a pic of the signage at the bottom of the post: “Two new entrances are key additions as there is way too much pedestrian congestion at rush hour right now.”













    © 2015 Tribeca Citizen

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