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Old October 26th, 2010, 07:25 PM   #141
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looks like a guided tour for the media, probably because of the tree planting..
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Old October 27th, 2010, 12:02 AM   #142
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Mayor was planting 50th tree...
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Old October 27th, 2010, 03:50 AM   #143
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That 'splains why they didn't finish the job on Saturday. Guess we might see around 10 more go in this weekend, then no more till spring.

Tree grates have been placed under some of the trees. The renders showed the pavers going almost right up to the tree trunks. Perhaps pavers will go on top of the grates and the grates will be replaced over time as the trunks outgrow them. I did some searching online and found that swamp white oaks typically grow to 2 to 3 feet in diameter (at 4.5 feet above the ground), but have gotten as large as 7 feet in diameter. Height is usually 60-75 feet, with some up to 100 feet. They live 300+ years. I'd love to know how the area has been engineered to prevent the roots from eventually busting concrete, lifting pavers, etc.


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Old October 27th, 2010, 07:49 AM   #144
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well if the ground is built anywhere near as strong as 1wtc then you won't have to worry about the roots lifting pavers
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Old October 27th, 2010, 11:20 AM   #145
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the reporters took some nice close-up pics yesterday:

http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-ne...-911-memorial/

50th Tree Planted at 9/11 Memorial

On an unseasonably warm October morning, the 50th tree was planted at the Memorial Plaza. The White Swamp Oak was lowered by crane while Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials including Maurice Greenberg, the former head of AIG and a major contributor to the 9/11 memorial, watched.

The plaza will have about 250 trees when it opens next year, on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and organizers hope to eventually plant 400 in total.









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Old October 29th, 2010, 09:25 PM   #146
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Great images...

I notice a lot of steel coming in above the PATH station too this week. That seems to be moving at quite a pace too...
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Old November 1st, 2010, 11:10 PM   #147
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update by morrongiello on flickr:

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Old November 3rd, 2010, 01:48 AM   #148
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nice detail shots from the 50th tree planting

from caen on flickr:

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Old November 5th, 2010, 01:12 AM   #149
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North pool has water!!
Maybe because of the rain of last night...
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Old November 5th, 2010, 02:35 AM   #150
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Looks like it.. also the red security barrier has been removed so that they can finish to place the last pavers.. and soon they are able to start the test run which was announced in one of the articles!
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Old November 6th, 2010, 07:49 PM   #151
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closeup from morrongiello on flickr from the North Pool, maybe from the water leakage test?!

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Old November 7th, 2010, 06:43 PM   #152
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Why the north pool has better progress than south?? It would be better if both had the same progress
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Old November 7th, 2010, 07:59 PM   #153
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The steel erection started on the north side first due to logistics issues / coordination with the transportation hub construction. The steel structure for the south pool was one of the last pieces erected.
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it wont be very long now before we can see the waterfals in action
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Old November 9th, 2010, 11:59 AM   #155
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so it is confirmed that the water inside the memorial pool is a test:

http://www.observer.com/2010/real-es...e-springs-leak

Water Water Everywhere: WTC Reflecting Pools Filling Up as Site Springs a Leak

The weather has been miserable of late. When a Curbed tipster noticed water accumulating in the World Trade Center memorial, it follows that it could be taken for an oversized puddle. But according to a memorial spokesperson, the water is in fact testing of the reflecting pool's waterfalls, one of the signature features.

With barely 10 months before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, when the memorial is expected to finally open, looking at these pictures show there is a long way to go yet still not much left to do. Sure, the memorial will not be done-done by next September, but after all the in-fighting and hand-wringing over this project, each new milestone—like a couple dozen oak trees—is yet another reminder that the thing will finally get done.

Unless it all springs a leak, which kinda happened on Thursday. According to DNA Info, the retaining wall that holds back the Hudson—remember, they call it West Street for a reason—was having some technical difficulties, which allowed water from the river to seep into the construction site. The leak was contained by Friday morning, but Curbed noticed water still on the site yesterday.

Hopefully this is but a minor hiccup on the road to completion and not another rough patch come to unwind the entire redevelopment. There's been so much good news about the site of late, it's almost odd to hear about something going wrong.
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Old November 9th, 2010, 06:45 PM   #156
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...and the pumps are working.

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Old November 9th, 2010, 07:50 PM   #157
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The waterfalls look very uneven. The NWS is reporting wind gusts of 20+ mph, so that may be the reason why.

I wish that tower crane would swing around 90 degrees, as it is blocking the view of the bottom of the central void. Those cranes usually aren't very active at this time of day during the week, but this one would just _have_ to be active now that the pump test has finally started.

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Old November 9th, 2010, 08:27 PM   #158
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Somehow I expected it to be more spectacular.. but I think if you stand right there the atmosphere is a lot more overwhelming compared to the view from the webcam from far above. Makes me remember of the dimension of the site, everything is looking so tiny from the webcams, even if it is huge in fact!
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I think it's great...You can't expect Niagra's falls here...Water does not have power and speed here to be that spectacular...And I'm sure there's way more bigger feeling down there like Oli said..
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What about now??

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