Monday, November 3, 2014
One World Trade Center finally opens
On a sunny Tuesday morning in New York City, the peace and calm of Lower Manhattan and the world was shattered when 19 of the 20 terrorists hijacked 4 passenger aircraft and carried out two attacks, one using 2 planes at the World Trade Center complex, one plane damaging the Pentagon in Washington, DC and a failed attempt in attacking the White House when passengers on board attempted to retake the plane back from terrorists - - all this happened on September 11th, 2001. The 9/11 terrorist attacks as Americans call it was the most horrific attack on United States soil in modern American history. Today, the new One World Trade Center finally opened it's doors to the first tenants inside North America's tallest building, 13 years, one month and 22 days after the 9/11 attacks. Condé Nast, the first WTC tenant to make this announcement, moved 170 of their 3.400 employees into the gleaming skyscraper, marking the first time that a company has physically moved into One WTC. The remaining employees at Condé Nast will move into One WTC early next year, around the same time the Observatory Deck near the top of the building, will open to the public. Although the building is only 60 percent leased by tenants, the opening of One WTC marks an important milestone in taking back Lower Manhattan and keeping America strong. I could go on and on about how long it took to start building, this complex like 5 years before the first beam was installed at the WTC site in 2006 but it's finally open. One WTC building rises 1,776 above ground level, the same year when the U.S. declared it's independence from British rule. Everyone who is an American should be proud of our country, and proud that we (eventually) can overcome from the darkest days in rebuilding Lower Manhattan. Today's opening of One WTC represents a symbol of the strength and resiliency of New York City and the United States.