The World Trade Center site also known as Ground Zero after the September 11 attacks , it’s located on 16 acres (65,000 m2) in Lower Manhattan , New York . The World Trade Center complex stood on the site until it was destroyed in the attacks. The phrase , Ground Zero , was being applied to the World Trade Center site within hours after the towers collapsed.
September 11 attacks
The towers collapsed within two hours of the collisions. Terrorists affiliated with Al-Qaeda and others organized and executed the attacks, in which nearly 3,000 people died. After the attacks, hospital workers and police officers began referring to the World Trade Center site as “Ground Zero”.
The collapse of the towers spread dust across New York City and left hundreds of thousands of tons of debris at the site. Soon after the September 11 attacks, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Governor George Pataki, and President George W. Bush vowed to rebuild the World Trade Center site. On the day of the attacks, Giuliani proclaimed, “We will rebuild. We’re going to come out of this stronger than before, politically stronger, economically stronger. The skyline will be made whole again.”
Buildings at Ground Zero
As ceremonies take place around the world to remember victims of the 9/11 attacks, around 2,000 workers are building a huge development at Ground Zero in New York.
Six skyscrapers, a museum, two massive waterfalls where the twin towers once stood, a performance center and a rail terminal are gradually taking shape nine years after the attacks.
Tower 1 , formerly known as Freedom Tower and now as One World Trade Center is the centerpiece . Its planned height is 1,776ft (540m) remembering the date of the founding of the republic. It will be America’s tallest building, housing offices, an observation deck, restaurants and broadcast facilities. The project architect is David Childs of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Estimated completion date is 2013 .
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum comprises a museum, waterfalls and a park. A memorial named “Reflecting Absence” honors the victims of the September 11 attacks The museum is being constructed underground and will boast interactive displays explaining the 9/11 attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that took place here at Ground Zero .
At the twin towers there will be two massive waterfalls over illuminated pools. Names of the 9/11 victims and those of the February 1993 World trade Centre attacks will be inscribed around the edge of the memorial .