Cleanup from the devestating attack was a 24/7 project for eight months. When we visited the area I was struck by the amount of businesses and communities that were also devestated in the attack.
Many businesses left the area for good. Many of the buildings that had held the businesses are now being converted into condos.
The Trinity Episcopal church which is three blocks north of the former trade centre buildings, was used as a refuge on September 11, 2001. Debris from the tower collapsing knocked over a giant sycamore tree that had stood for nearly a century in the churchyard of St. Paul's Chapel, which is part of Trinity Church's parish and located several blocks north of Trinity Church. Sculptor Steve Tobin used its roots as the base for a bronze sculpture that stands next to the Trinity Church.
|Ground Zero in 2002|
|World Trade Centre Sphere|
What really stood out when we visited was the amount of people coming up from the subway to Ground Zero and their responses. So many instant responses of shock with hands over their mouths and tears falling from their eyes. It made me think of the many families that were affected by the tragedy. 9 years later people are still coming to the site to see the aftermath. How many of those people are relatives? Children, neices and nephews, and so many others.
The World Trade Centre sphere was damaged but not destroyed when the buildings were hit. The sphere has a temporary place in Battery Park until rebuilding at Ground Zero is complete.