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    Isn't the temporary Path Station on top of part Greenwich St?

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    They are only opening the section of Greenwich right in front of T4. It will be many years before it will be fully open.

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    At least for the first time in a while, we'll be able to walk on the opposite side of Church Street.

    Here's an idea for efficient street traffic. They could open Greenwich and Fulton as a T-Shaped intersection until they finish opening the hub, and demolishing the temporary PATH station.

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    Cool shot I was able to grab when the WTC cams were malfunctioning.


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    By Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entert...,3738807.story
    4 WTC: Ground zero's gentle giant

    4 World Trade Center a respectfully restrained piece of complicated puzzle

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    "Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, the subtle, self-effacing high-rise compels with its combination of sharply-honed, light-reflecting minimalist geometry and sensitive, city-embracing urbanism.

    "Those two don't always mix, yet Maki has skillfully balanced them and other competing demands peculiar to this project: Respecting the dead and building a lively city, delivering a robust structure that can withstand a terrorist attack and creating a sense of openness, contributing to an ensemble of towers and achieving a presence of its own. The design is fundamentally sound, even though it lacks the brio of Maki's best work, like the Spiral Building, a Tokyo mid-rise that houses a variety of cultural activities and a delightful spiral ramp within its fragmented, collaged exterior. . . .

    "Maki wisely accepted the broad outlines of Daniel Libeskind's ground zero master plan, which called for rebuilding streets that were eliminated to create the Trade Center's original 1960s superblock and forming a cluster of skyscrapers that would spiral upward to the new 1 World Trade Center. His tower is appropriately dignified as it faces the memorial to the west, but it promises to be equally well-attuned to bustling, storefront-lined Church Street to its east. A still-to-be-completed retail atrium and transit hall could prove a powerful magnet, integrating the tower's base with its surroundings. . . . "

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    4WTC will be first Ground Zero building to open

    November 7, 2013


    4 World Trade Center will be the first new building to open at the site since the 9/11 attacks. Photo: AP

    One World Trade Center with its symbolically freighted 1,776-foot spire is the marquee skyscraper at downtown Manhattan’s Ground Zero, but the first office tower to officially open there will be its shorter neighbor, 4 World Trade Center.

    Officials are planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony next Wednesday for 4 World Trade, an elegant 978-foot building, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki.

    “We want people to come and experience this both as a great office building but also a sense of accomplishment that we’ve really turned the corner on rebuilding the World Trade Center and creating a better New York,” said Janno Lieber, head of World Trade Center construction for developer Larry Silverstein.

    The ribbon-cutting for 4 World Trade doesn’t mean people will be working in its offices any time soon.

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the trade center site and lost its headquarters when the twin towers were destroyed in the 2001 terrorist attacks, is leasing 600,000 square-feet in 4 World Trade but doesn’t expect to move in until early 2015. The agency can now start building out its office space.

    The beginning of 2015 is also the target date for opening the trade center’s Santiago Calatrava-designed transportation hub, as well as the shops and restaurants that will occupy the lower floors of 4 World Trade.

    Four World Trade sits on the 16-acre trade center site’s southeast corner across from the Sept. 11 memorial’s south reflecting pool.

    The building is a parallelogram up to the top third, where it narrows to a smaller trapezoid.

    Osamu Sassa, the project architect, said the angles evoke the twisting shapes in Daniel Libeskind’s master plan for the site.

    “One of the things we really tried to do was just to create this really clean, reflective, abstract form,” Sassa said.

    He said the building’s facade of 13 1/2-by-5-foot glass plates is so reflective that the tower will “appear to disappear” on blue-sky days.

    “It has a very ephemeral presence,” he said. “Other times it’ll be much more distinct.”

    The panoramic views from inside the tower are spectacular, as are the views from One World Trade, formerly known as the Freedom Tower.

    The official opening of One World Trade at the northwest corner of the site will be sometime next year.

    http://nypost.com/2013/11/07/4wtc-wi...lding-to-open/

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    I feel like none of us get downtown much these days. The construction elevator on the south side was half down there other day, and I think it's now completely down, based on the news coverage of the opening.

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    Downtown is not inviting, something is lacking below Canal Street.

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    Why doesn't building 7 count?

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    Excellent album ...

    See y'all at the ribbon cutting on Wednesday! Bundle up, it's gonna be COLD!!

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    Greenwich Street Fence is already down, you can now go up and touch 4WTC. (You know you want to).

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    No you can't. I said, "But I just wanna touch it," and spent the afternoon at a psychological evaluation. At some point I said, "You know our mayor is an ass," and they let me go.

    The street looks nice, except the Fiterman pokes its head out.



    No matter how big the project, the curb trees are usually puny.



    Flowers in the lobby.


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    I'm confused by the fence layout. Will this open the memorial to the public at large, or is it fenced off separately from this building?

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    Fenced off separately from this building.

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