Photo: One World Trade Center Rises, May 1, 2011

1WTC Rises


Image by Walking Off the Big Apple from 12:52 p.m. May 1, 2011. In the early afternoon on Sunday, I was walking to the South Street Seaport along Fulton Street when I turned around and saw the massive One World Trade Center, or 1 WTC as it's often known, under construction. I was surprised to see how wide and tall it looked from this perspective and how the unfinished building, having reached about 67 floors, dominated the street. At 1,776 feet, One World Trade Center will be the tallest building in the United States. It is scheduled to be completed in 2013.

Late on Sunday evening, President Obama announced that a small team of US forces had killed Osama bin Laden, the Al Qaeda leader who directed the 911 attacks, in his heavily fortified compound in Pakistan. Following the stunning announcement, over a thousand people gathered last night near the wide footprint of this building at Vesey St. and Church St. No one should ever underestimate the strength of the people of New York City.

Related: Lower Manhattan: The Changing Skyline and the Challenges of Community  (February 11, 2011)
A Walk from City Hall to the Seaport (May 3, 2011, with pictures of nearby sites from May 1).

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Walking Off the Big Apple features self-guided tours to neighborhoods, streets, cultural history, good books, architecture, museums, parks, landscapes, and offbeat travel experiences in New York City.

Older posts will sometimes be updated to reflect relevant changes in the city, i.e. store or restaurant closings or transit information.

Writer and editor Teri Tynes created Walking Off the Big Apple in the summer of 2007.

As of January 2018, this website is updated only during bouts of nostalgia or when the writer feels compelled to share a fresh museum calendar.