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World Trade Center Site

The World Trade Center Site is the location of the former New York City World Trade Center twin tower complex; which was attacked and destroyed on September 11, 2001. The site is approximately 16 acres and is located in Lower Manhattan. It is owned in large part by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

On September 11, 2001 two planes were hijacked by Islamic Terrorists, linked to Al-Qaeda, and were flown into the two towers of the World Trade Center. The towers collapsed, killing nearly 3,000 people. After the attacks, rescue workers began calling the site “Ground Zero”.

President George W. Bush and then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani declared the rebuilding of the site. In November 2001, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) was established for the rebuilding process. After a long design process, the THINK Team and Studio designer Daniel Libeskind were awarded the contract for their proposal called – the Memory Foundations.

Tourists visiting the site can now see the massive One World Trade Center (1WTC), a 104 story skyscraper that stands 1,776 feet tall (symbolic of the year of the signing of the US Declaration of Independence). There is also a memorial at the center called “Reflecting Absence” which honors the victims of the September 11th attacks. To visit the memorial, you must reserve visitor (time sensitive) passes, online or via phone.