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    Sneak peek into the main space

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    What a landmark!

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    Wall Street Journal
    October 18, 2015

    At the World Trade Center Site, a Retail Cathedral Takes Shape

    Businesses are coming to the World Trade Center’s newly redeveloped shopping area


    The floor below the ‘Oculus,’ the World Trade Center’s visually dramatic transportation hub. PHOTO: ANDREW HINDERAKER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

    London Jewelers, known for selling high-end jewelry and gifts in mostly tony locales of Long Island, has long thought about opening a store in New York City, where some of its clientele lives.

    A year ago, the almost 90-year-old family business finally found the right spot: at the retail complex known as Westfield World Trade Center, now coming into view amid the soaring arches and polished marble of the new transit hub downtown.

    “We feel that the Westfield project will be the epicenter and people will be flocking there in droves,” said Candy Udell, the company’s president.

    London Jewelers is among the wide mix of businesses coming to the World Trade Center’s redeveloped retail space with high expectations.

    About 100 stores will line underground corridors and some lower floors of 4 World Trade Center, and eventually 3 World Trade Center, all linked by passageways to the PATH train, numerous subway lines and the streets above. Real-estate executives think the 365,000-square-foot project, expected to open in 2016, will fuel momentum that is making lower Manhattan a shopping destination. At least one observer, Jessica Lappin, president of the Alliance for Downtown New York, said the neighborhood had long been “under-retailed.”

    Across the emerging retail landscape downtown, Westfield World Trade Center is positioned at the geographic center. To the west are recently opened luxury shops, restaurants and food stores of Brookfield Place. East of the site: stores along the Broadway corridor and Howard Hughes Corp.’s redevelopment of the South Street Seaport area.

    Westfield, naturally, contends that it has the best location. “When you look at the real estate, where people go, how they get around that part of town, we’ve got the best spot in the place, because we are at the right port of entry,” said Peter Lowy, co-chief executive of Westfield Corp., the developer of the retail portion of the World Trade Center.

    The dramatic architecture of the Oculus, the towering central structure that dominates the transportation hub, is also integral to Westfield’s allure. Natural light blasts through the ribs of the Oculus, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, and below to where workers are laying marble floor segments by hand. Bookending the 30,000-square-foot pavilion are platforms offering perches to view the vast interior.

    Construction on the ‘Oculus’ last week. PHOTO: ANDREW HINDERAKER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

    Already open to the public is the white-marbled walkway of hub’s West Gallery, which leads to a PATH station. Two levels of shops line the South Gallery, creating an underground passageway linking Liberty and Church streets and more retail in 4 World Trade Center, which will house Eataly’s 40,000-square-foot market and restaurant. Above ground, pedestrians will peer into the Oculus from a 6,000-square-foot plaza just north of the building.

    The Oculus will be a “show stopper for everyone who comes to New York,” said Andrew S. Goldberg, vice chairman in CBRE Group Inc.’s retail group. “I think it’s going to be one of the most visited places.”

    The growing ranks of office workers and neighborhood residents, along with the constant river of tourists, was a draw for many retailers planning on opening stores.

    “I think that area has been missing retailers, missing restaurants for quite a long time,” said Nicola Farinetti, chief executive of Eataly USA. “I think it’s going to get us even closer to the borough of Brooklyn.”

    Susie McCabe, senior vice president of global retail for athletic clothing maker Under Armour Inc., said Westfield’s roster of “premium” domestic and international merchants also offers an enticing environment. Other brands in the mix: Longines; Michael Kors; and Vince Camuto. London Jewelers will have a 2,500-square-foot store and an 800-square-foot venue for a single jewelry brand in the Oculus near an Apple store, Ms. Udell said.

    “In Westfield, we will be reaching out to audiences we don’t normally get,” said Mark Udell, chief executive of London Jewelers.

    Because the downtown area is distinct from the city’s other retail markets, merchants with other New York City locations run less risk of cannibalizing sales from these stores when they open at the World Trade Center, said Chase Welles, executive vice president at real-estate-services firm SCG Retail.

    And developers of other downtown retail projects view their developments and Westfield World Trade Center as complementary. More shops as well as a Saks Fifth Avenue department store will open at Brookfield Place next year.

    “I think of 2016 as a very ceremonial year as far as putting lower Manhattan on the map,” said Dennis Friedrich, chief executive of Brookfield Property Partners global office division.

    For cosmetics company Sephora, the decision to take space at Westfield World Trade Center also is a sentimental one. The company had been in the old trade center retail space since 1999 when it was destroyed in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

    Said Celia Wing, senior vice president of real estate at Sephora Americas: “It holds great meaning to all of us at Sephora to return.”

    The West Gallery, a passageway which leads to a PATH station. PHOTO: ANDREW HINDERAKER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

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    New York Times
    November 4, 2015

    Another Twist at Trade Center Hub: Water Leak Delays Opening of Westfield Mall


    Construction crews working at the Oculus at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the $3.7 billion rail terminal, on Monday. Credit Bryan Thomas for The New York Times

    Everywhere, the shopping season is about to begin. Everywhere, that is, except at “the most complete retail destination in New York City, the most alluring retail landmark in the world,” as the luxury Westfield World Trade Center mall describes itself.

    A persistent water leak is among the problems that have delayed the opening of the mall, which was supposed to be operating by now, to the first half of 2016. It is the latest setback to bedevil the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, the $3.7 billion rail terminal that will also house Westfield’s $1.4 billion shopping center.

    The problems of building such a complex, if spectacular, structure have swollen its price tag to nearly double the estimate when plans were announced almost 12 years ago.

    Once the hub finally opens, an awe-struck public may forget the tribulations. But at the moment, they seem never-ending.

    More than 100 tenants — including Apple, Daniel Boulud, Eataly, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, John Varvatos and Stuart Weitzman — once believed they would be doing business by now with thousands of office workers from Condé Nast, Goldman Sachs and elsewhere; with PATH commuters and subway straphangers; tourists drawn by the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and the One World Observatory; and neighbors.

    Westfield World Trade Center is actually a four-block-long interconnected network, occupying the bases of four towers and the concourses among them. But its centerpiece will be the soaring, winged Oculus, at Church and Fulton Streets, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Besides being ringed by two levels of stores and restaurants, the Oculus will also serve as an event space in which Westfield will stage concerts, performances, broadcasts and fashion shows.

    Two years ago, the Westfield Corporation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns and is redeveloping the World Trade Center, said the mall would open in 2015. In August, however, Westfield told its investors that it would not open until the first half of 2016.

    Authority officials and Westfield executives say they are working together to overcome last-minute hurdles and get the space ready as soon as possible.

    The latest twist involves water penetration around the construction site of 3 World Trade Center, an office tower abutting the hub, which began in late summer.

    What pedestrians perceive as the solid ground level around the 16-acre trade center is in fact the roof of a 70-foot-deep underground complex that includes much of the hub, including the PATH platforms and many of Westfield’s spaces, most of the memorial museum, 1,000 feet of the No. 1 subway line and enormous mechanical areas.

    When completed, the Oculus will also serve as an event space in which Westfield will stage concerts, performances, broadcasts and fashion shows. Credit Bryan Thomas for The New York Times

    As many roofs do, this one began springing leaks. The Port Authority traced the sources of the water to the constant spraying done by workers to reduce dust levels as they break up concrete, and to the fact that Tower 3, still under construction, is open to the elements.

    Coincidentally or not, DNAInfo reported on Aug. 25 that workers at the trade center were hearing the sound of water behind the walls in the lower concourses and said there were fears the seepage was coming from the slurry wall lining the foundations. The authority replied at the time that “its most recent inspection did not identify any leak in the slurry wall,” a situation that would have required a full-scale evacuation of the site. It did not elaborate on other possible leak sources, however.

    On Tuesday, Steven Plate, the director of World Trade Center construction for the Port Authority, said: “The dripping has been reduced dramatically. We’ve made some significant progress. Several spaces are dry.” He said the leak had affected only four of Westfield’s retail spaces.

    Westfield, for its part, is reluctant to take possession of any spaces until all of them can be delivered in acceptable condition. The leaks have proved to be one of several sticking points.

    “This is an enormously complex and unique project,” Westfield said in a statement issued through a spokeswoman. “We are cooperating and working closely with the Port Authority as they work to complete construction and meet the conditions for the delivery of the retail spaces.”

    The winged Oculus, designed by Santiago Calatrava, will be the centerpiece of the station. Credit Bryan Thomas for The New York Times

    The Oculus should open in the first half of 2016, Mr. Plate said. During a visit on Monday, it looked fairly close to completion. Though the vast floor of grayish-white Lasa marble from Italy was largely covered by plywood, not much imagination was needed to see the glowing, cathedral-like space filled with visitors.

    By fall of next year, two new PATH train platforms are to be in service, in addition to those already used by commuters. Finally, the mezzanine above the platforms, which is linked to the Oculus by a grand staircase, is to be finished by the end of next year. The authority has abandoned its plan to open an interim passageway through the Oculus.

    Mr. Plate said he believed costs could be held to the lower end of the total budget range of $3.74 billion to $3.995 billion set jointly by the authority and the Federal Transit Administration in 2012.

    He added that he was pushing construction as hard as possible to get all three elements — Oculus, platforms and mezzanine — open sooner.

    Marble floor panels being installed in the station. It is expected to open in the first half of 2016, an official said. Credit Bryan Thomas for The New York Times

    “We want to be aggressive because we owe it to the people, the patrons of New York, New Jersey and the region,” Mr. Plate said. “But we want it to be the wonderful experience that we feel they deserve.”

    The chief operating officer of Mr. Boulud’s Dinex Group, Brett Traussi, said his company understood that it was getting into an extraordinarily complex and challenging construction project when it signed a lease for an Épicerie Boulud bar, restaurant and grocery store. It had expected to be open this summer.

    “It’s bought us a little bit of time to be more prepared,” Mr. Traussi said of the delay.

    He made it plain that he thought it would be worth the wait, for a space that is close to the turnstiles of the No. 1 subway and PATH trains, a few doors down from Apple and in a “sun-filled, beautiful atrium.”

    The hair stylist John Barrett is adding a fourth salon at the World Trade Center to those he already runs at Bergdorf Goodman and on Bond Street in Manhattan, and in Palm Beach, Fla. He, too, had expected to open this summer.

    “We’re chomping at the bit to get going,” said James R. Hedges IV, chief executive of John Barrett Holdings. “Condé Nast and Goldman Sachs are chomping at the bit for us to get our doors open. I’m really bad at delayed gratification. This is like waiting for Santa Claus.”

    The latest word, Mr. Hedges said, was that Santa will arrive in January.

    © 2015 The New York Times Company

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    Visited the WTC Observation deck yesterday for the first time. The connector from the future Path Station to the WTC is open, and it's gorgeous. It's like being in Star Trek - so white and clean, LOL. My photo looks like a rendering

    It looks near-complete from the outside - both from above and below. Can't wait for it to open - if the connector is any indication, this will be unbelievable in person!

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    Any date on when they'll actually be removing the temporary PATH entrance? It's almost a year overdue.

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    Politico New York
    December 23, 2015

    Sources: World Trade Center Oculus to open in March


    The Oculus. (Billie Grace Ward)

    The white-marble main concourse at the Santiago Calatrava-designed, $4 billion World Trade Center Transportation Hub has been slated to open in early March, according to two knowledgeable sources.

    The opening of the Oculus at the PATH train station — a steel-winged structure that's meant to evoke a bird — will mark the end of a more than decade-long process, one that has garnered scathing criticism for the project's cost overruns, and which damaged the designer's reputation.

    The temporary PATH train station at the site now serves some 44,000 passengers making their way to and from New Jersey. The Port Authority, which made the decision on the timing of the Oculus opening, estimates the new hub will ultimately serve some 200,000 passengers and visitors. (By way of comparison, Penn Station serves 600,000.)

    At roughly $4 billion, nearly twice the anticipated cost, it's considered the most expensive train station in the world. Then-Governor George Pataki said it would be operational by 2009.

    The delays and ballooning price tag have been attributed to the complexity of the project, political imperatives, bureaucratic infighting, and the reality that some unrrelated cost overruns were shoehorned into the Calatrava budget.

    More broadly, these sorts issues are also endemic to New York City megaprojects.

    The bad press surrounding this particular project has taken its toll on Calatrava’s reputation.

    “It has not been easy for me,” the Spanish architect told the Wall Street Journal in May, adding, "I have been treated like a dog."

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the PATH train system and its soon-to-open Oculus at Ground Zero, declined comment.

    Calatrava, who is in Zurich right now, could not be reached for comment.

    Even after the March opening, some parts of the station will take a little while longer. The mall that’s set to occupy the Oculus’ base, for example, has been delayed by leaks.

    Eataly, one of the hub’s retail tenants, is slated to open in spring, according to one of the sources.

    A spokeswoman for Eataly had no comment.
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    Curbed NY
    January 19, 2016

    It's Official: WTC Oculus Will Open the First Week in March

    By Amy Plitt

    Santiago Calatrava's Oculus lit up at night. Photo by Craig Nevill-Manning

    Sure, the news was all but confirmed, but today the Port Authority made it official: The transit org announced that the World Trade Center Transportation Hub—anchored by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava's Oculus—will officially open in "the first week of March," per a press release.

    In a statement, Port Authority chairman John Degan said, "When the Oculus opens, commuters, visitors and residents of Lower Manhattan will have a greatly enhanced commute to and from the site for the first time." What that actually means for commuters: There will finally be a link between the World Trade Center PATH station and 11 NYC subway lines, along with the East River ferries. The various stations will be linked via underground passageways, which will also connect to the mall beneath the Oculus, which are scheduled to open "in phases" this year, per the Port Authority.

    The most expensive train station in history has been a long time coming, and is not without its critics—it's been called "LOL-ugly" and a "magnificent boondoggle," among other choice descriptors. The opening will finally give the public a chance to interact with the space, which Calatrava has likened to a "bird in flight."

    © 2016 Vox Media Inc. All rights reserved.

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    January 19, 2016

    Press Release Article


    Date: Jan 19, 2016
    Press Release Number: 6-2016

    Oculus opening in first week of March will provide greater ease of commute for PATH riders; Will eventually provide access to 11 NYC subway lines

    The Port Authority announced today that the World Trade Center Transportation Hub Oculus – the iconic centerpiece of the sprawling transit facility – will open in the first week of March. The opening will provide a greatly enhanced commute for the 100,000 weekday PATH riders who travel through the station, with quicker, climate-controlled access to the Wall Street area and other destinations to the north and south of the site.

    The Oculus – with its soaring wings designed by Santiago Calatrava – will enable travelers to have a seamless connection with 11 New York City subway lines and the East River ferries in addition to access to PATH trains.

    When the Oculus opens, PATH commuters will take new underground passageways to One World Trade Center, 4 World Trade Center, the corner of Liberty and Church streets a few blocks from Wall Street and to Vesey Street on the northern edge of the site. The new facility contains state-of-the-art escalators and elevators for convenient vertical circulation between the trains and street level.

    The Westfield mall shops located throughout the Oculus and in the adjoining passageways are anticipated to open in phases starting in the spring.

    "More than a decade ago, planners envisioned a rebuilt transportation complex on the World Trade Center site that would provide critical links between various modes of transit for the first time. By later this year, this vision will become reality," said Port Authority Chairman John Degnan. "When the Oculus opens, commuters, visitors and residents of Lower Manhattan will have a greatly enhanced commute to and from the site for the first time."

    "The Port Authority has a rich tradition in pushing the envelope and being the premier master builder in the region. The rebirth of the World Trade Center and the construction of the Transportation Hub touched not only Lower Manhattan, but the rest of the country and the world as well. We can all stand in awe with what has been accomplished here," said Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler.

    "The Hub will be a vibrant transit center and tourist destination with an extensive transportation network in the revitalized Lower Manhattan," said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. "This year, tenants, commuters and visitors will enjoy easy access to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub’s first-class shopping, dining, and amenities, and also provide them with a first-class, convenient transit trip to and from the site."

    "This project is a testament to the spirit of New York City, and our commitment to rebuilding and providing improved public transportation connections for everyone who lives, works or visits Lower Manhattan," said Federal Transit Administration Acting Administrator Therese McMillan. The Federal Transit Administration has agreed to fund approximately $2.872 billion of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, more than half of the total cost of the project.

    The transportation hub will serve as a 21st century state of the art transit center in the heart of Lower Manhattan, now a thriving 24-hour business and residential community. The World Trade Center Transportation Hub will conveniently connect visitors to 11 subway lines, PATH, Battery Park City Ferry Terminal, the World Trade Center Memorial site, One World Trade Center, Towers 3 and 4 and a future Tower 2, and Brookfield Place. It will represent the most integrated network of underground pedestrian connections in New York City.

    When completed, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub will be the third largest transportation center in New York City, with ultimately upwards of 250,000 daily commuters and millions of annual visitors from around the world.

    © 2001-2016 The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. All Rights Reserved.

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