World Trade Center Site Overview
When the World Trade Center opened in the 1970s, the city and national economies were not doing well. Throwing all that square footage of office space onto the Lower Manhattan commercial real estate market seemed to make little sense, and for some years the center was occupied mainly by government offices. In the booms of the 1980s and 1990s that changed, and by the time of the terrible events of September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center was truly one of the trophy properties of New York.
So too is the World Financial Center, on the other side of West Street. Built in the 1980s as the office building component of the mixed-use Battery Park City development along the Hudson River waterfront, the distinctive towers of the World Financial Center are connected to one another by a vast and beautiful public atrium called the Winter Garden. Above the Winter Garden are hundreds of thousands of Square Feet of World Financial District office space.
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The Winter Garden was destroyed on September 11, but was rebuilt and reopened in exactly one year, an event that filled New Yorkers with pride and confidence. The World Financial Center, with such tenants as Merrill Lynch, American Express, Dow Jones Oppenheim, and the New York Mercantile Exchange, is as thriving as ever.