No Politicians At This Year’s 9/11 Anniversary Ceremony

No politicians will attend this year’s September 11 anniversary after families have expressed their concern that political struggles are hindering progress on the 9/11 Museum at the World Trade Center.

Family members were told that this year’s reading of victims will be “the exclusive focus of the program”. It was the first indication that the reading of the names would continue to be part of the ceremony as September 11 approaches, even though some family members protested after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had said that he wasn’t sure if the names should be read individually now that they are on display at the memorial at Ground Zero.

The President of the memorial foundation, Joe Daniels said: “The National September 11 Memorial is focused on honoring the victims and their families in a way free of politics, and this ensures that continues.”

This year, as other years, the observance will have six moments of silence (when each WTC Tower was hit and fell, and the times of the attack on the Pentagon and when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, PA.)

Noe I. for Windows of the World. Picture by @WTCProgress


World Trade Center new pictures

One World Trade Center from inside the World Trade Center Transit Hub. Picture by @WTCProgress

Construction on the 103rd floor.

Final steel beam goes up at 4 World Trade Center

The steel construction of 4 World Trade Center has drawn to a close.

Construction workers removed their helmets and looked on teary-eyed as the final steel beam of the tower was lifted into place Monday, accompanied by a rendition of “God Bless America” performed by gospel singer BeBe Winans.

Developer Larry Silverstein says his aim and that of the workers has been “to give New Yorkers back the city terrorists tried to take away.” More than 100 construction workers signed the beam before it was hoisted by a crane and placed on top of the building.

The tower is scheduled to open late next year. It’s expected to be the first tower completed on the 16-acre site since the 9/11 attacks. The interior of the building, which is the sixth tallest in New York City at 977 feet and 72 stories, is still under construction.

4 World Trade will be home to offices, stores and the Port Authority’s new headquarters.

Sally Rexach, a nurse who aids workers at the site as she did during the rescue and recovery work following 9/11, had tears streaming down her face as she watched the beam rise into the sky.

“Ten years later, it’s pretty remarkable,” she said. “This is a very proud moment. It’s full circle.”

John Rzeznik, a project manager at the site, spoke of his pride in the endeavor.

“Everybody’s put their blood, sweat and tears into this,” he said.

Speaking to the crowd, Silverstein said his aim and that of the construction workers had been “to give New Yorkers back the city terrorists tried to take away.”

After years of funding disagreements that at times seemed to threaten progress at the site, Silverstein acknowledged, “It’s been a very tough time.” But, he said, “I’ve always believed in downtown New York.”

Silverstein’s company also owns the already-completed Seven World Trade Center.

At the anchor building of the site, One World Trade Center, steel has been erected to the 104th floor.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

Eyewitness News.

One World Trade Construction. ABC News View

In a matter of days, One World Trade Center could be the tallest building in Manhattan and one of the tallest in the world.

The building is expected to be taller than New York’s iconic Empire State Building, which currently rises 1,250 feet to the 102nd floor observation deck.

One World Trade is being built on the site of the original World Trade Center towers – or Twin Towers. They were the tallest buildings in the city, but were destroyed in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, in which an estimated 3,000 people were killed.

The progression of construction on One World Trade can be seen in a two-minute, time-lapse video from EarthCam, the international webcam technology company.

Construction is estimated to be finished in 2013 or 2014. One World Trade Center will stand 1,776 feet tall.

The construction began six years ago. One hundred floors have been built so far, and four more remain before the tower is completed.

The site also is home to 4 World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.

One World Trade Center To Become New York’s Tallest Building Within Days


One World Trade Center will become the tallest building in New York City within days, officials said Tuesday.

Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye said construction is proceeding so rapidly it could surpass the Empire State Building’s height as early as Monday, weather permitting.

“One World Trade Center will be the tallest building in Manhattan, eclipsing the Empire State Building,” said Foye at a Crain’s Breakfast forum Tuesday morning in Midtown.

When finished, One World Trade Center will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Construction started six years ago.

Foye said 55 percent of the building is leased.