Mayor Michael Bloomberg is touting the progress being made at the new World Trade Center site after years of delays, political wrangling and design changes.
He noted that One World Trade Center has reached the 80th floor, on its way to standing 104 stories. Work has begun on a performing arts center, and the 9/11 Memorial Plaza is set to open to the public on Monday.
Architect Daniel Libeskind submitted the original plan for One World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower.
"To me, it's amazing how we have all come together to create something that is harmonious," Libeskind said. "That has a meaning. That isn't just a bunch of disconnected pieces, but really a connective new neighborhood that has a symbolic meaning, a functional meaning, an economic meaning, and most of all a cultural meaning."
One World Trade Center is set to open in 2013. Bloomberg says it is too soon to tell when the full site will be complete.