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Old September 4th, 2017, 11:32 PM   #701
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I hope they do fix it, as they did Liberty Bridge, as both were damaged by the same thing. Art deserves respect.
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Old September 5th, 2017, 03:11 AM   #702
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"It was a sculpture, now it's a monument," Koenig said, noting how the relatively fragile metal globe had mostly survived the cataclysm. "It now has a different beauty, one I could never imagine. It has its own life – different from the one I gave to it."
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Old September 6th, 2017, 09:12 PM   #703
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Cool, look at earthcam or the other webcam from the official St Nicholas site: the Sphere is no longer hidden and fully approachable.
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Old September 7th, 2017, 12:20 AM   #704
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WTC Progress on Facebook:

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The sphere, which stood in the center of the Austin J. Tobin Plaza prior to 9/11 and was recovered from the rubble after the attacks, had been on display in Battery Park since March 2002. In early August 2017, the artwork was returned to the World Trade Center and was installed in the center of Liberty Park, where it has undergone cleaning since its arrival on the site.

The sphere will be formally dedicated at its permanent home at a later date.

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Old September 7th, 2017, 02:56 AM   #705
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I'm really happy The Sphere has finally returned to the WTC. Too bad Fritz Koenig isn't here to see his sculpture return home.

On a side note... does anyone know whats going on with the missing glass towards the top of 1WTC?
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Old September 12th, 2017, 06:00 PM   #706
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The church is coming together









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Old September 13th, 2017, 02:17 AM   #707
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Still feels incredibly slow.
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Old November 3rd, 2017, 06:07 PM   #708
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Lots of interesting steel going in at the VSC exit under the future PAC site. I think I can see the spiral ramp starting to take shape.

What's up with that huge stacked plate girder at the lower right? That thing must be 15-20 feet tall.

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Old November 11th, 2017, 10:48 PM   #709
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What's up with that huge stacked plate girder at the lower right? That thing must be 15-20 feet tall.
It looks like it might be the barrier wall separating the VSC from the Cortlandt Street (1) station, which is why the latter is taking so damned long to wrap up.
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Old December 8th, 2017, 05:50 PM   #710
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Just posted on facebook must be quite recent? Nice shot either way.


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Old December 10th, 2017, 08:32 PM   #711
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This seems so slow. I wish they would finish the exterior cladding at least. Projected completion isn't till late next year.
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Old December 12th, 2017, 10:42 PM   #712
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St. Nicholas Shrine On Hold

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Still feels incredibly slow.
now we know why

Greek Drama: Construction on WTC Shrine Grinds to a Halt Amidst Financial Scandal



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Skanska USA, the lead construction firm on the project, announced in a letter to subcontractors that, because the church has missed a series of scheduled payments in recent months, workers must put down their tools at the site—at 130 Liberty Street in Liberty Plaza Park—until continued funding is assured.
“Effective Dec. 5, 2017, Skanska USA has terminated its contract with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on account of GOA’s defaults in making payments,” Thomas Perry, the director of the project, said in the letter.
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Old December 13th, 2017, 04:16 AM   #713
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You can say goodbye to eastern opening date too
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Old December 13th, 2017, 07:38 AM   #714
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Same thing happened to the 9/11 Museum but they worked out the differences.

Hopefully they resolve their differences in a few months and the Church can open for Easter Services in April 2019.
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Old December 13th, 2017, 08:09 AM   #715
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I wish they could finish the churches exterior ASAP and remove all signs of construction from the park so that another part of the rebuilding process is visually done. Hopefully the whole WTC site will be done for the 20th anniversary of 911, in more or less 4 years.
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Old December 13th, 2017, 09:44 AM   #716
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Why is it always the WTC? I'm trying to keep my hopes up for this site, but everything that has been built/is being built has been riddled with delays and cost overruns. What are the people at Hudson Yards doing right in comparison to this? I sure hope construction will resume soon.
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Old December 13th, 2017, 10:02 AM   #717
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I have questioned the same questions myself tbh. With 1 WTC we had the explanation that the subway that is running through it´s foundation complicates the construction process, but the Hudson Yards has virtually dozens of train tracks running through the entire complex. I am happy the wound is closing in lower Manhattan, but I feel like it took them way too long and the finished center will despite being nice and futuristic not be as impressive ( as it could have been ) . With everything else going on in LM right now, it even gets partly overshadowed already.. For a certain degree a lost oppurtunity to create something really ambitious and striking, IMO.
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Old December 13th, 2017, 06:39 PM   #718
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The WTC rebuilding was plagued by too much bureaucracy and litigation. Remember the firefighters who died during the demolition of the Deutsche Bank Building? That created a lot of delays and messed up the schedule in a big way. Bloomberg made a point of having the memorial opened by the 10 year anniversary which meant they had to shore up the subway lines underneath the site which caused a lot of extra work. And then there was the big legal fight over the insurance funds that Silverstein and the PA had to fight out with the insurance companies. What a mess.
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Old December 13th, 2017, 06:47 PM   #719
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And Related/Oxford offered "at cost" leases to its early office tenants. Knowing that they would make their profits on the residential side of things. The WTC offered similar incentives, Moody's, Conde Nast, and the gov tenants all received low rents too. But other than Silverstein's 30 Park Place tower, there isn't much profit to help them. GroupM's $65-70 a sq ft lease isn't all the impressive compared to what much older office buildings in Midtown make. So it's hard to compare the two sites exactly. Just very different circumstances.
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Old December 13th, 2017, 08:18 PM   #720
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"The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey controls the land under the new site, but reached a deal in August to lease the site to the shrine for just $1 per year. The church also has the option to buy the land for $1 whenever it wants to during the term of the 198-year lease."

And then lease it back to the PA for $10,000,000 per year????
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