My first day of school as a freshman at Stuyvesant High School with the Twin Towers in the background. You can tell my little sister was super enthused about it. A common myth told to freshman at the time (since from Stuy, only the North Tower was visible) was that one of the towers had collapsed – a childish joke that seems horrible now.
1. It’s going to be tall – really tall.
When complete in 2013, One World Trade Center will be 1,776 ft tall (you may already know that the number is a reference to America’s signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776) and will be the tallest building in the United States. It will also be the tallest all-office building in the world (sorry Taipei 101). Right now, the structure is a little over 80 stories high and now the tallest building in Lower Manhattan at 961 feet above street level, surpassing 40 Wall Street.
2. The new building will not sit on the footprint of the original towers.
It was important that 1WTC not appear to “replace” the Twin Towers – we all know that it never could. Therefore the new edifice will occupy its own footprint, completely separate from where the original buildings stood. In fact, the former towers will be memorialized by two large glass reflecting pools that fill the actual footprints of the North and South towers. Unlike the bustling area surrounding the new One World Trade Center, the space around the pools will be a calm, serene, tree-filled plaza.