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Ten Years Later, A Couple Still Finds 9/11 to be the Tie That Binds

Thursday, September 08, 2011

WNYC

It sounds weird, but Beth Kronk and Jim Horch owe their relationship to the terrorist attacks of September 11. Beth and Jim met on a subway in the sad, chaotic week that followed.

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WNYC News

Q&A | Interview with World Trade Center Site Architect Daniel Libeskind

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Daniel Libeskind won the competition of the master plan architect for the World Trade Center site in 2003. There have been much political wrangling, changes and debate, but construction of the site is well underway. Libeskind spoke to WNYC about the 10th anniversary, what the term "sacred ground" means to him and the musicality of the site.

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Transportation Nation

NY-NJ Port Authority Head Rips Tight-Fisted Politicians

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Chris Ward, head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

(Ilya Marritz, New York, NY -- WNYC) A week after being forced to accept a smaller revenue package than he wanted, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey launched a full-throated broadside against politicians who say the government must reduce all spending.

In an address at the New York Building Conference billed as a talk on the future of the World Trade Center site, Christopher Ward quickly shifted gears from the reconstruction of Ground Zero to the political process.

"For all his vaunted optimism after the Carter years, Reagan also launched a darker strain in American politics, that somehow government itself is the problem, and that you can always do more with less," Ward said, going on to mention Newt Gingrich's Contract with America and the Tea Party as Reagan's ideological heirs.

Ward said American infrastructure is crumbling, and likely to deteriorate further because  of the rise of conservative political movements, beginning with the election of 1980.

"Today, we are truly seeing the consequences of that slow deterioration of what we have always assumed would be there — that social contract," Ward said.

Ward explicitly connected conservative politics to his failure to get higher tolls on bridges and tunnels like the George Washington Bridge.

"In an instant, we became subsumed in the political environment I have been describing – one with little capacity to support the investment our region’s economic backbone so desperately needs."

Responding to widespread outcry from the public, governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo persuaded the Port Authority to accept a smaller toll and fare hike. Hudson River crossings will cost as much as $9.50 for most travelers, instead of $12, for example.

Ward expressed understanding for the governors' position.

"We live in the reality of practical decision making and decisions were made for what can in fact be a level of tolls that work within this region," Ward said. "And the governors showed their leadership."

While the executive director of the Port Authority is appointed by the governor of New York, the position is not considered political.

Ward said the lower revenues from tolls will mean delays in improvements to New York's LaGuardia Airport and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

In recent weeks, there have been rumors Ward would not stay with Port Authority much longer. After the speech, Ward was asked whether he had any plans to run for office, and he responded categorically: "Never."

Ward took over rebuilding at the site in 2008, after the project had become bogged down. He said an overemphasis on symbolism and scale — what he called "monumentalism" — held up rebuilding in the years immediately after the attacks.

The World Trade Center site will be closed to most of the public on September 11, 2011. But the city is making tickets to visit available by reservation, starting the next day.

More TN coverage of the Port Authority:
Port Authority of NY & NJ Approves Rail, Toll Hikes (8/19/11 - link)
NY-NJ Port Authority’s Proposed Toll and Fare Hikes: Behind the Numbers (8/17/11 - link)
Opinion Split At Public Hearing On Steep NY-NJ Port Authority Toll And Fare Hikes (8/16/11 - link)
Neither Governor Cuomo Nor Governor Christie Rules Out Port Authority Toll Hikes (8/9/11 - link)
Anatomy of a Toll Hike Proposal (8/9/11 - link)

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WNYC News

Listen | Transmission From Space: The Lone American Not on Earth During 9/11

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A unique recording will be featured at the 9/11 Memorial Museum when it opens in 2012: Frank Culberston, the only American not on Earth on September 11, 2001, watched the burning towers from the International Space Station.

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WNYC News

9/11 Memorial Gets an App

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum launched a new campaign and iPhone app Wednesday ahead of the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks next month.

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WNYC News

Look | Take a Virtual Tour of the 9/11 Memorial

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fresh grass has recently been laid at the 9/11 Memorial in preparation for the 10th anniversary. The site will be open by then and play host to a memorial service with victims of the attack and President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush. The Museum is expected to be open a year later.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Atlantic Yards Check-In

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Atlantic Yards development is flying up. Eliot Brown, commercial real estate reporter for the Wall Street Journal, gives an update on the project and checks in on the World Trade Center memorial, which is racing to meet the September 11, 2011, deadline.

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WNYC News

Look | World Trade Center Site Gets Prepped for 10th Anniversary

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

PHOTOS. WNYC began visiting the World Trade Center site in April 2010 and continues to document the construction of 1 World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial, the transportation hub and the people working on the site.

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WNYC News

World Trade Center Cement Workers Reluctantly Return to Work

Thursday, August 04, 2011

After walking off the job for 3 days in a row, most workers at the World Trade Center returned Thursday morning after their contracts were extended for another 2 weeks. A contingent of over 50 concrete and cement workers, whose contracts do not restrict them from striking, held out for about an hour.

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WNYC News

World Trade Center Workers to Return to Work After 3-Day Walk-Off

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

All concrete workers at the World Trade Center site are expected to be back on the job Thursday, following three days off the job on what many called a "silent strike."

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WNYC News

World Trade Center Workers Walk Off Job for Second Day

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Laborers at the World Trade Center walked off the site Tuesday for the second day amid contract negotiations. Nearly 200 cement workers, whose contracts expired on July 1, were joined Tuesday by carpenters at the World Trade Center site and other cement workers from around the city.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Vantage Points

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Unique points of view in an award-winning novel and a serio-comic short story prompted us to call this program VANTAGE POINTS.    

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WNYC News

11K Tickets for 9/11 Memorial Sold Within Hours

Monday, July 11, 2011

More than 11,000 reservations for the September 11 Memorial were booked online within the first hours after the ticket website went live Monday morning. 

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WNYC News

Conde Nast Signs Lease for One World Trade Center

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Conde Nast, the mega publisher behind Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, signed a $2 billion, 25-year lease for office space at One World Trade Center on Wednesday.

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WNYC News

Conde Nast to Anchor World Trade Center Tower

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Conde Nast, the mega magazine publisher behind Vogue and The New Yorker, is planning to move from its digs in Times Square and into 1 World Trade Center.

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WNYC News

Look | President Obama Honors Sept 11 Victims at Ground Zero

Thursday, May 05, 2011

PHOTOS. Take a look at President Barack Obama's visit to Ground Zero to honor the victims of September 11, 2001, following the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan this week.

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WNYC News

Look | Tributes Left at World Trade Center

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The World Trade Center was flooded with visitors who left behind tributes to those killed on September 11, 2001, following the announcement earlier this week that Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan.

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WNYC News

Look | New Yorkers React to Capture of bin Laden

Monday, May 02, 2011

The day after Osama bin Laden was killed and buried at sea, New Yorkers and visitors flocked to the World Trade Center site to see the construction and leave memorials for those killed on September 11, 2001.

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WNYC News

Look | World Trade Center in Spring

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

PHOTOS. WNYC began visiting the World Trade Center site in April 2010 and continues to document the construction of One World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial, the transportation hub and the people working on the site.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: WTC Transit Hub Costs Bloom, NY Goes After Cabbies Who Refuse Outer Boro Fares, and Another Toyota Recall

Friday, February 25, 2011

The cost of the transit center at the new World Trade Center site has ballooned to $3.4 billion -- a figure once deemed "simply unacceptable" by the Port Authority. (New York Times)

An Illinois congressman who voted to eliminate funding for an Amtrak line sounds like he hopes to get the chance to reconsider. (WQAD)

WNYC looks at the differing accounts of how the NYPD and the MTA coordinated efforts to capture an accused stabber on a subway train earlier this month.

NY's Taxi and Limousine Commission wants to stiffen fines for cabbies who refuse to make outer borough trips. (WNYC)

SF's BART owned up to their decision to illegally fire their general manager --then rescind that firing -- but her fate as head of the transit district remains unclear. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Denver may have to refund $1.2 million in parking tickets after an investigation showed that they were issued by non-authorized agents. (Denver Daily News)

Toyota is recalling over 2 million vehicles for carpet and floor-mat flaws that could jam gas pedals. (Bloomberg)

Los Angeles's historic Union Station will be purchased by the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority for $75 million under a deal that will clear the way for the expansion of transit operations and new development on the property. (Los Angeles Times)

Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: Florida's high-speed rail project is dead again -- which enrages -- and disappoints -- some politicians.

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