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Owners of Church Destroyed Near Ground Zero Sue Port Authority

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The owners of St. Nicholas church in Lower Manhattan, the parish destroyed on 9/11, are now suing the Port Authority, claiming it did not fulfill a deal to rebuild the church.

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Features

Contemporary Sculpture Made From Recycled World Trade Center Steel

Friday, December 10, 2010

An arts organization in upstate New York, has commissioned a sculpture using five huge mangled pieces of steel from the World Trade Center.

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WNYC News

9/11 Health Bill Boosters Use Art to Help Make Their Case

Monday, November 29, 2010

This week, supporters of the landmark Federal 9/11 Health and Compensation Act brought the badges belonging to the 29 NYPD officers who have died from health issues related to their exposure to Ground Zero contamination to the nation's capital. Along with the badges, the bill's backers are displaying paintings that depict the challenging Ground Zero Recovery effort that went on for months.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: 130 Liberty Street

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ten years after 9/11, workers are still dismantling the Deutsche Bank building, which was damaged after the South Tower of the World Trade Center fell. WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly discusses why it has taken so long to take it down and why it has cost $400 million (and counting).

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WNYC News

Deutsche Bank Saga Nears End

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Steady progress is being made on the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site. But the demolition of the former Deutsche Bank building, damaged on September 11, 2001, has been plagued by delays, scores of injuries, fatalities and even criminal indictments. Now, with hundreds of millions of dollars spent on its demolition, the removal of the building is near.

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It's A Free Blog

Stucknation: The Sad Saga of 130 Liberty

Monday, November 15, 2010

On September 11th, 2001, when the World Trade Center's South Tower fell, it tore a 15-story gash into the 41-story Deutsche Bank building, letting in the World Trade's  whirlwind of toxic waste and human remains. Diesel tanks that held the fuel for the building's Emergency generator helped feed a fire that flared for days.

Now, almost ten years later, workers are finally dismantling the fifth and fourth floors at 130 Liberty, as the site is now known. Sunlight is finally replacing what was a highrise headstone that cast a shadow over Ground Zero. But the demolition is costing hundreds of millions of dollars and it is not scheduled to be complete until early next year.

The reasons behind the delays and the $400 million (and counting) price tag illustrate the stuck in stucknation

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WNYC News

Demolition Progressing at Former Deutsche Bank Site

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Workmen now have the former Deutsche Bank building, badly damaged on 9/11, down to just four stories. But despite the progress, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation has told Lower Manhattan's Community Board 1 that problems with a crane at the site mean that the LMDC would not be finished with clearing the site until sometime early next year.

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WNYC News

9/11 Memorial Pools Get Test Run

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The north pool of the 9/11 Memorial got its first test on Tuesday. The taps were turned on, creating cascading waterfalls over the 30-foot high granite walls. The pools are called "Reflecting Absence" and are the work of Michael Arad.

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WNYC News

A Decade After 9/11 The NYPD Toll Continues to Mount

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

On September 11, the Department lost 23 officers, mostly from its Emergency Services Unit. Twenty-nine NYPD officers have died since of 9/11 of related cancers and respiratory illnesses, according to the NYPD.

This week the badges of those 29 officers were installed at the NYPD's museum in lower Manhattan.

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WNYC News

50th Tree Planted at 9/11 Memorial

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

On an unseasonably warm October morning, the 50th tree was planted at the Memorial Plaza. The White Swamp Oak was lowered by crane while Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials watched.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Doubts If Gehry's WTC Hall Will Ever Get Built

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg says he’s not sure the city will be able to raise enough private money to construct the performing arts center at Ground Zero. The performing arts center is one of the final pieces of Daniel Libeskind’s master plan for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.

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WNYC News

Three Charged in Deutsche Bank Fire to Face Criminal Charges

Friday, October 22, 2010

Those responsible for the fire at the former Deutsche Bank building that killed two firefighters in 2007 will face criminal charges. Three construction company officials have failed in their bid for a dismissal of manslaughter charges over a blaze at a contaminated building at a Ground Zero tower.

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Transportation Nation

The World Trade Center Rises: View From the Top and a Trip to the Sandwich Shop

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Infrastructure geeks, don't miss these gorgeous and moving photos by our colleague, Stephen Nessen.

Stephen's been up in the Freedom Tower as recently as last week.

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.

Check here to see the latest photos from the work site.

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WNYC News

House Passes Health Bill for 9/11 Responders

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The House passed a health-care bill that will benefit first responders sickened at the World Trade Center site on 9/11. The bill passed 268 to 160, with 13 Republicans voting for passage. It now goes to the Senate.

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WNYC News

9/11 Anniversary Brings Islamic Center Supporters and Opponents to the Streets

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Both supporters and opponents of the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero plan to take to the streets this weekend as Saturday marks the ninth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.

The proposed development, known as Park51, has brought about significant controversy in New York City and across the country.

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The Empire

Loving Silverstein

Saturday, August 28, 2010

In advance of this weekend's ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center, state officials announced a breakthrough, of sorts.

And Matthew Schuerman sends this dispatch:

At WTC today, Port Authority Chairman Anthony Coscia thanked one by one all the parties involved. When he got to developer Larry Silverstein, who's been trying to wrangle more financial aid for the office towers he's building at the site, Coscia said:

"I'm a child of Italian immigrants, and Italians measure the amount of love they have by how much time they spend arguing with each other. By that measure, Larry and I are very much in love with each other on many levels."

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WQXR News

Will Tower at 15 Penn Hurt Development Chances at World Trade Center?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The new skyscraper in Midtown won't just change the views of and from the Empire State Building.

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WNYC News

Will Tower at 15 Penn Hurt Development Chances at World Trade Center?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The City Council's vote this week on a new skyscraper in Midtown could have impacts further downtown, where two office towers at the redeveloped World Trade Center will only reach their planned height if there's sufficient commercial demand.

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WNYC News

Conde Nast May Move to New World Trade Center Site

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Conde Nast Publications may move to the World Trade Center. That's according to an e-mail to employees that was obtained by WNYC, which said Conde Nast is "in active negotiations" to move to 1 World Trade Center, the building formerly known as the Freedom Tower.

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WNYC News

Landmarks Decision Clears the Way for Islamic Cultural Center Near Ground Zero

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

In a unanimous vote Tuesday denying a Tribeca building landmark status, the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission cleared the way for an Islamic cultural center to be built just two blocks from Ground Zero. Opponents had assailed the project, calling it an insult to the memories of the nearly 3,000 victims of the September 11th attacks.

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