The rebuilding of Lower Manhattan since the September 11, 2001, attacks has shown the steady progress that is made when city, state, federal, and private organizations join efforts. To highlight some of the good work that's been done over the past year, LowerManhattan.info has compiled these rebuilding milestones, along with links to feature articles. For a full timeline of the progress made downtown over the past four years, please click here.
The city Department of Transportation began collaborations with downtown stakeholders and other agencies to make Lower Manhattan streets more efficient through the Street Management Project.
- The Alliance for Downtown New York completed its Broadway Streetscape, commemorating all 200 ticker-tape parades that have passed through downtown's Canyon of Heroes since 1886 with black granite markers imbedded in the sidewalks of lower Broadway.
- Work began on the state Department of Transportation's $70 million Promenade South project, which will involve reconfiguring the pedestrian area at Battery Place and renovating the Battery Park Underpass.
- The mayor and governor announced the 30 distinguished members of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation board of directors on December 1.
- Refined designs for the WTC memorial, "Reflecting Absence," were released on December 16.
- A new visitor kiosk in Chinatown opened on December 17 at Canal, Baxter, and Walker Streets.
- Work began on the $400 million renovation of the South Ferry subway terminal and is expected to wrap up by 2007.
- The Alliance for Downtown New York and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council announced a new Cultural Capital Grant Program to encourage arts organizations to relocate or expand in Lower Manhattan.
- The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) answered questions about the deconstruction of the 130 Liberty Street building (formerly the Deutsche Bank Building) at a public information session held on January 24.
- LowerManhattan.info launched a new construction web channel to serve as the official face of the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center. The site, www.LowerManhattan.info/construction, went live on March 7 and includes regular work updates on downtown rebuilding projects as well as detailed plans for the future.
- The city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene releases World Trade Center Health Registry findings, based on feedback from nearly 15,000 residents living south of Canal on 9/11.
- The fourth annual Tribeca Film Festival kicked off on April 19. Created in 2002 to draw New Yorkers and out-of-town visitors to Lower Manhattan, the festival has generated an estimated $125 million for downtown businesses each year.
- The StoryCorps oral-history recording booth opened at the WTC PATH station on July 12. It will serve as the first 9/11 interim memorial.
- The park at Old Slip, just west of the Police Museum in the Financial District, was officially reopened by city Parks Department Commissioner Adrian Benepe and other city officials on July 18.
- To reduce the budget and help accommodate existing utility infrastructure, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority released revised design plans for the Fulton Street Transit Center.
- Brookfield Properties' $8 million reconstruction of Liberty Plaza Park began on July 18. By summer 2006, it will bring public art, benches, and 55 new trees and other plantings to the plot just southeast of the WTC site.
- Goldman Sachs, downtown's largest employer, announced plans to build a new, 43-story "green" tower that will house all 9,000 of its employees by 2009.
- The governor and mayor approved new tax incentives that provide downtown companies rent- and sales-tax exemptions, reduced rents for WTC buildings, and incentives for employers who bring more staff downtown from outside the city.
- A series of workshops to gather public input for the WTC Memorial Museum were announced by the LMDC and partner organizations for September and October 2005. (Click here to learn more.)
- Officials announced the start of construction on the Fulton Street Transit Center's underground concourse -- which by 2008 will link 11 subway lines and the World Trade Center (WTC) Transportation Hub. Initial work on the Fulton Street Transit Center kicked off in February 2005 at Broadway and Cortlandt Street/Maiden Lane, where MTA crews are now building entrances for the south end of the 4/5 platforms. The new transit center will improve upon the narrow, congested, and hard-to-find Fulton Street/Broadway-Nassau station.
- A groundbreaking ceremony marked the official start of construction on a new, permanent World Trade Center Transportation Hub. The $2.2 billion project, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, will connect PATH trains, all downtown subways, and ferries and is expected to be completed by 2009.
- Gov. George Pataki, joined by Lower Manattan Construction Command Center Director Charles Maikish, announced the start of deconstruction of 130 Liberty Street, the former Deutsche Bank building. The deconstruction will be carried out in two phases and is expected to be complete by the end of 2006.