One World Trade Center Helps Heal NY Skyline

One World Trade Center Helps Heal NY Skyline

Lily Merritt , Opinion Editor

On November 3, 2014, the heavy hearts of the 9/11 attacks were somewhat lifted, with the uprising of the One World Trade Center.

The Freedom Tower of lower Manhattan in New York City, surpasses the height of the Empire State Building, making it the tallest skyscraper in all of New York.  The skyscraper cost just under $4 billion; that’s 2 billion more than any other skyscraper in the world has cost to build. The state-of-the-art superstructure is at a height of 1,776 feet, a deliberate reference to the year of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and stretches across 16 acres. It is said to be the safest building in the world, with 104 floors made up of the most dense concrete ever used and staircases twenty times wider than regulation.

The One World Trade Center also features the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, built upon the ground where the Twin Towers once stood, commemorating the 2,996, which included 343 firefighters and 71 law enforcement officers.  More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attack. The museum is a non-profit organization solely based to keep the memory of those killed on September 11th alive. Tours throughout the museum are led by the families of victims, survivors, and first responders.

The One World Trade Center is a symbol of our resilience, bad guys would love to knock it down again. When Kevin Murphy, who works in one of the top offices of the building is asked about the Freedom Tower he says, “We think about it, you can’t help but think about it. You see the families. You see the memorial. A lot of us worked at the cleanup. We’re constantly reminded of what we’re doing down here.”