Saturday, October 27, 2012

WTC 911-Wake

March 2001
The Twin Towers will remain an icon of America for all time. It also seems that the act of 911 will haunt the November election year, for years to come. President Obama is experiencing this right now with the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others on Sept.11 2012

In March 1965, the Port Authority began acquiring property at the World Trade Center site. Demolition work began on March 21, 1966, to clear thirteen square blocks of low rise buildings in Radio Row for construction of the World Trade Center. Groundbreaking for the construction of the World Trade Center took place on August 5, 1966.

Plans to build the World Trade Center were controversial. The site for the World Trade Center was the location of Radio Row, home to hundreds of commercial and industrial tenants, property owners, small businesses, and approximately 100 residents, many of whom fiercely resisted forced relocation. A group of small businesses affected filed an injunction challenging the Port Authority's power of eminent domain. The case made its way through the court system to the United States Supreme Court; the Court refused to accept the case.

The complex was designed in the early 1960s by Minoru Yamasaki and Associates of Troy, Michigan, and Emery Roth and Sons of New York. The twin 110-story towers used a tube-frame structural design. Yamasaki was one of the most prominent architects of the 20th century. Yamasaki was born in Seattle, Washington, a second-generation Japanese American, son of John Tsunejiro Yamasaki and Hana Yamasaki. He grew up in Auburn, Washington and graduated from Garfield Senior High School in Seattle. He enrolled in the University of Washington program in architecture in 1929 and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1934. During his college years, he was strongly encouraged by faculty member Lionel Pries. He earned money to pay for his tuition by working in an Alaskan salmon cannery.

There are many extraordinary facts of The Twin Towers one being that the excavation of materials and other sites aided in the construction of Battery Park City a 92 acre planned community at the southwestern tip of lower Manhattan in New York City.

When the World Trade Center twin towers were completed, the total costs to the Port Authority had reached $900 million. The ribbon cutting ceremony was on April 4, 1973.
With the construction of World Trade Center in the 1980s, the World Trade Center had a total of seven buildings, but the most notable were the main two towers. Each stood over 1,350 feet (410 m) high and occupied about one acre (43,560 square feet) of the total 16 acres (65,000 m2) of the site's land. During a press conference in 1973, Yamasaki was asked, "Why two 110-story buildings? Why not one 220-story building?" His response was: "I didn't want to lose the human scale." At the time the Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in the world.

The South Tower featured an indoor and outdoor public observation area called Top of the World Trade Center Observatories on its 107th and 110th floors. At a height of 1,377ft, you could see for 50 miles on a clear day. Some 50,000 people worked in the buildings, while another 200,000 visited or passed through each day.
Windows on the World
The world-famous restaurant, Windows on the World, opened on the top floors 106th and 107th of the North tower. Developed by Joe Baum and initially designed by Warren Platner, it occupied 50,000 square feet of space and offered breathtaking views of Manhattan. In its last year of operation (2000), Windows on the World reported its revenue as $37 million, making it the highest-grossing restaurant in the United States.

Larry Silverstein completed the largest real estate transaction in New York history by acquiring the World Trade Center for $3.2 billion, only to see it destroyed six weeks later in the terrorist attacks on 9/11 2001. Previously, the World Trade Center site was under the control of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.


Tribute to the Fallen Ones

However you feel or think this, 911 will remain in our hearts forever. This film is a Tribute to those who lost their lives and to the First Responders, who you did not have to ask to go in. Some of the scenes in this film are tough to take (falling people) but I don't know what is harder, the act of 911 or the ones who died? Once again, whatever you feel and think, these lives are gone. The Two Pool Memorial representing all and the bodies which could not be identified from Ground Zero is the greatest public Memorial ever built. This is on the scale of a War Memorial, you can feel that presence of all who died on 911. This is where we buried our dead, as sacred ground as ever known.

As of August 2011, 1,631 victims have been identified, while 1,122 (41%) of the victims remained unidentified.
It is expected that the remains will be moved in 2013 to a repository behind a wall at the 9/11 museum.

The Memorial Mission:

Remember and honor the thousands of innocent men, women, and children murdered by terrorists in the horrific attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001.

Respect this place made sacred through tragic loss.

Recognize the endurance of those who survived, the courage of those who risked their lives to save others and the compassion of all who supported us in our darkest hours.

May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance.




Tom Hanks narrates the epic story of the 9/11 boatlift that evacuated half a million people from the stricken piers and seawalls of Lower Manhattan. Produced and directed by Eddie Rosenstein. Eyepop Productions, Inc.

BOATLIFT was executive produced by Stephen Flynn and Sean Burke and co-directed by Rick Velleu. It premiered on September 8th at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit: Remembrance/Renewal/Resilience in Washington. The Summit kicked off a national movement to foster community and national resilience in the face of future crises.


Rebuild from The Ashes

Tom Hanks narrates a documentary short film about the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site, as a metaphor for the rekindling of our spirit since the dark days of 9/11. Directed by Eddie Rosenstein, Produced by Eyepop Productions, Inc. Co-directed by Rick Velleu, executive produced by Stephen Flynn and Sean Burke, this film premiered on September 8th at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit: Remembrance, Renewal, Resilience, in Washington D.C.


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