Yesterday's groundbreaking ceremony of the World Trade Center transit hub saw a number of politicians and designer Santiago Calatrava to the mark the first construction activity at Ground Zero. Calatrava and his daughter Sofia released doves/white pigeons into the air from Falcon Environmental Services with Governors Pataki (NY) and Codey (NJ), Senator Clinton, Mayor Bloomberg, and Tranportation Secretary Minetta looking on. The $2.2 billion transporation center will bring an estimated 10,000 construction jobs downtown, but construction won't officially begin until after September 11, when families traditionally get to visit the Twin Towers' footprints at Ground Zero. The NY Times has a cross-section graphic of the new hub and how it will hold various transit lines.
The Times also has an article about how New Yorkers think about September 11, 2001 now four years later. For Gothamist, it creeps up on us at various times, like when we are coming back into Manhattan or when we just cross the street. We think about it, it's in our consciousness, but it doesn't overtly impact our daily life (aside from generally wanting the world to be a better place). Reporter Jennifer Steinhauer describes it accurately:
:It seems that a great many New Yorkers exist in a state of repression mixed with heavy doses of both fatalism and optimism, ever cognizant that their city could be a target again, yet unwilling to leave or, in most cases, surrender their routines. In interviews with dozens of residents all around the city, the great majority began the conversation saying that Sept. 11 2001, was rarely on their minds. But after talking for 10 minutes, their faces would pinch and they would look into the distance remembering where they were that day, the feeling of low-grade fear that lingers in tunnels and airports, and their ambivalence about the ensuing political experience of the country.
How do you remember September 11?