Thirteen Years After 9/11, A Slow Rise From The Ashes

September 11, 2014 by  

Thirteen Years After 9/11, A Slow Rise From The Ashes, The view is among the most breathtaking in the world – floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a panorama of Manhattan and its surroundings 50 miles in every direction. The Empire State Building glistens to the north, the Statue of Liberty shimmers to the south. And on clear days, you can see as far as Princeton, N.J., to the west and Greenwich, Conn., to the east, from a vantage point so high that the cars below look like tiny ants.

But when One World Trade Center finally opens later this year, many of the floors with the best views will be empty. Formerly known as the Freedom Tower, the 1,776-foot building, the tallest in the United States and third tallest in the world, has struggled to attract tenants. Just 58 percent of the nearly $4 billion office building has been leased so far – a smaller percentage than its developers had hoped ahead of November, when the building is set to formally open its doors.

The Durst Corporation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, co-owners of the building, have blamed a sluggish economy – even though real estate is so hot in parts of New York City that the air above existing buildings has sold for millions of dollars in recent months. But the developers also acknowledge security concerns have made their sell tougher. Thirteen years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks leveled the original World Trade Center towers, there’s an inevitable fear the new building could become a target for terrorists looking to strike again.

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