Lower Manhattan Thriving In Wake Of Terror Attacks


MANY PEOPLE NOW CALL IT HOME THAN BACK IN 2001. CBS2’S ALICE GAINER LOOKS AT THE PROGRESS MADE OVER THE LAST 17 YEARS. THREE WORLD TRADE, AS OF JUNE OPENED FOR BUSINESS. IT’S TENANTS SO FAR GROUP M AND McKENZIE AND CO. THEY REPRESENT 6,000 NEW JOBS. THE VIEW OF THE TWIN REFLECTING POOLS DOWN BELOW FROM THE 17th FLOOR TERRACE A GENTLE REMINDER OF WHY SOME OF THE DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA HAS TAKEN 17 YEARS. IT HAS TO BE DONE RIGHT AND IT TAKES A WHILE TO DO. I WAS HERE WHEN IT HAPPENED. SO I’M GLAD THAT THERE’S BEEN A REBIRTH HERE. THERE’S STILL SOME CONSTRUCTION GOING ON IN THE BACK OF THE BUILDING AND IT’S NOT FULLY LEASED BUT IT’S PROGRESS. THIS WAS A BIG PIECE OF THE PUZZLE. WE’RE NOT DONE YET. JESSICA IS PRESIDENT OF THE ALLIANCE FOR DOWNTOWN NEW YORK. SHE SAYS THREE JOINS THE OTHER PUZZLE PIECES OF THIS CAMPUS INCLUDING THE ALREADY COMPLETED ONE WORLD TRADE, SEVEN WORLD TRADE, AND FOUR WORLD TRADE. THERE’S SO MANY PEOPLE COMING IN AND OUT. THAT’S GOOD TO SEE. JUST IN THE LAST YEAR ALONE WE HAD 100 NEW SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS OPEN IN THE AREA. THE SHOPS AND SUBWAY LINES HAVE HELPED INCREASE FOOT TRAFFIC. AND ON SATURDAY THE COURTLAND STREET SUBWAY STATION SERVICING THE ONE LINE REOPENED FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE IT WAS DESTROYED ON 9/11. WHILE MANY OF THE BUILDINGS ARE NOW UP AND RUNNING THERE ARE A COUPLE OF SITES THAT STILL NEED TO BE BUILT LIKE SITE NUMBER TWO HERE. IT IS VERY OF THE MOMENT THIS KIND OF POP ART. BRIGHTLY PAINTED MURALS SURROUND THE VAIN CANDIDATE LAND KNOWN AS SITE TWO WHILE IT AWAITS CONSTRUCTION. WHILE ACROSS FROM TWO AN ART CENTER IS BEING BUILT SLATED TO OPEN IN 2021. SITE FIVE ALSO SITS VACANT. IT WAS TIED UP IN LITIGATION FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. UNTIL LIKE SOMEWHAT RECENTLY. IT’S A REMINDER THAT AS FAR AS WE HAVE COME WE STILL HAVE SOME WORK TO DO. MORE WORK TO DO BUT A LOT OF IT DONE AND APPRECIATED BY THE MANY PEOPLE NOW CHOOSING TO LIVE, WORK, AND HANG OUT HERE. DO YOU FIND THIS IS A GOOD MIX OF TOURIST AND RESIDENTS? YES AND YOU’LL SEE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE AND I THINK THAT’S A NICE WAY FOR US TO KIND OF HONOR WHAT HAPPENED HERE BY MAKING IT PART OF THE FABRIC OF OUR DAILY LIVES.

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