Earlier this week, AN went up to the 67thÂ floor of the recently-opened 4 World Trade Center to get a progress report on the 16-acre redevelopment taking shape below. Inside theÂ wide-open and raw space, Larry Silverstein, the siteâ€™s developer, told reporters that his vision for a new World Trade Center had finally become a reality. â€œIâ€™ve gotten a bit of a reputation as a wild-eyed optimist,â€ he said in front of a wall of windows. â€œBut even I have to admit that I didnâ€™t see all this coming.â€ Noting that it had been 13 years since the attacks, he went on to refer to the anniversary as theÂ siteâ€™s â€œbar mitzvah.â€
A tipster shared with us the above view of Santiago Calatrava‘sÂ World Trade Center Transit Hub receiving the final piece of its giant steel arch. According to the tipster, “they JUST set the final tooth on the World Trade Center Transit Hub to complete the supporting structural system. Once welding is complete they will proceed with installing the “wings,” the cantilevered outriggers that complete the structural form.” Looks like this thing is about to soar.
Social media was abuzz recently over the reports by eavesdrop, the WSJ, andÂ other major papers about the biggest recession scab over Chicago: the failed Spire designed by Santiago Calatrava. That Irish pie in the sky developer apparently found someone to bail the project out of its foreclosure. Everyone was all, â€œItâ€™s back on!â€ Dear readers, until they start pumping the water out of the big hole in the ground, Eavesdrop is betting against this one.
Santiago Calatravaâ€™s soaring World Trade Center Transportation Hub is still a year from completion, but major developments are happening as his winged-structure preps for flight. Earlier this week, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey unveiled the first platform of the new World Trade Center PATH Station. And what a platform it is. Read More
The cat is out of the bag. An elevated park, covering over an acre of ground at theÂ Word Trade CenterÂ site, will ascend 25 feet above Liberty Street in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had tried to keep the projectâ€”named Liberty Parkâ€”under wraps, but last month, Santiago Calatrava, the architect of the new St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, posted images of the building on his website, which also revealed the design of the adjacent park. Continue reading after the jump.