December 4, 2023

It has been 22 years because the terrorist assaults on 9/11, but the method of rebuilding — and therapeutic — continues. 

However the effort has come a great distance, and decrease Manhattan is prospering right now, albeit with a brand new feel and appear.

The principle organizations behind the rebuild have been Silverstein Properties, owned by Larry Silverstein, and the New York Port Authority, the federal government company that owns the land the place a lot of the brand new infrastructure has been constructed, together with a practice station, underground purchasing and parking. 

Silverstein, who bought the Twin Towers simply weeks earlier than the 2001 assault, developed the workplace buildings which have risen across the web site.


The Manhattan skyline by water that includes the World Commerce Heart rebuild. (Silverstein Properties, Inc. / Fox Information)

The primary constructing to go up was Seven World Commerce Heart, and it opened in Might 2006. At first, it was tough to get firms to lease house within the constructing on account of recollections of 9/11, in line with Silverstein spokesman Dara McQuillan. Silverstein was not in a position to fill that constructing till 2012, nevertheless it has been totally leased for a few years.

The following constructing to open on the 16-acre web site was 4 World Commerce Heart in 2013, and it was totally leased inside three years. Then, in 2018, Three World Commerce Heart opened. After a lull in the course of the pandemic, the constructing is now 90% occupied.

The latest workplace constructing to rise on the web site is Three World Commerce Heart. It’s now 90% leased by a bunch of firms, together with Uber, McKinsey & Firm and Hudson River Buying and selling.

The occupancy charges within the accomplished WTC buildings could be the envy of most business property homeowners throughout the nation, together with these in different areas of New York Metropolis, however McQuillan says the neighborhood is now an outlier. And he thinks it’s due to the occasions of 9/11.

night view of One World Trade Center

One World Commerce Heart and the Oculus whereas folks watch the U.S. Ladies’s Nationwide Workforce play its opening World Cup match towards Vietnam on the Oculus Plaza July 21, 2023, in New York Metropolis.  (Alex Trautwig/Getty Photographs / Getty Photographs)

But the typical age of the individuals who work within the new WTC buildings is 28, which suggests they might have been round 6 on the time of the terrorist assaults. So, many have little or no reminiscence of it. However it’s not simply the brand new developments which have modified the feel and appear of the realm.

Over the previous few a long time, the residential inhabitants in Manhattan has risen from 15,000 to 75,000. 

“That is not a monetary district,” McQuillan instructed FOX Enterprise. “In the event you stroll down Wall Road right now, you are extra prone to run into any person with a stroller than any person with a briefcase.”


McQuillan describes the realm as a spot of artwork and tradition, which was a part of the imaginative and prescient for rebuilding it. A brand new performing arts heart is opening on the positioning this week, and, for years, Silverstein has allowed dozens of artists to work rent-free out of the open workplace areas within the new WTC buildings that haven’t but been leased to firms.

A kind of artists is Kerry Irvine, whose sister, Kristy Irvine-Ryan, was killed within the assaults of 9/11. Kristy was a dealer who labored for Sandler O’Neill within the South Tower.

Kerry Irvine working in her studio

Kerry Irvine, 3 World Dealer Heart, eightieth ground (Silverstein Properties / Fox Information)

Devastated over the lack of her sister, Irvine stopped portray for about eight years on account of her grief. For a few years, she prevented the place the place her sister died.

“I went to, I believe, the 10-year anniversary on the memorial. And perhaps I had gone to at least one different, however I actually stayed away from that space,” she instructed FOX Enterprise. “I used to be fairly fearful. It was a scary place for me. And so I simply ignored it.”


After the 2008 market crash, Irvine slowly started portray once more in tribute to her sister and finally was in a position to maintain herself full time as an artist, figuring out of her kitchen. In 2017, a pal instructed Irvine in regards to the areas accessible on the new WTC developments, and he or she went to take a look at the studio of one other artist in one of many buildings.

She remembers stepping off the subway that day onto the WTC web site and searching throughout the road to the place her sister’s identify is inscribed on the memorial. Then, when she entered the studio house in 4 WTC, she instantly felt extremely calm.

Irvine contacted Silverstein and moved right into a studio house in WTC later that yr and has been portray rent-free in varied areas in WTC buildings ever since. Now, her studio is on the eightieth ground of Seven WTC with a 360-degree view of the town.

Kerry Irvine studio view

A view from Kerry Irvine’s Studio on the eightieth ground of three World Commerce Heart (Silverstein Properties / Fox Information)

“I am on the highest ground, wanting down … and there is my sister, and I do know she’s with me every single day once I paint,” Irvine mentioned. “I can get out of the subway, and I can go contact her identify and say hi there and get some power and go up and work. And I by no means in 1,000,000 years would have believed that that is the place I’d be portray.”

Irvine mentioned figuring out of the brand new WTC buildings has been the ending level of her therapeutic.


“It may well nonetheless deliver you to your knees at occasions whenever you understand how a lot time has handed, and you actually miss them,” she mentioned. “However life goes on, and you must preserve shifting ahead, as a result of what is the various? She would have by no means forgiven me if I simply stopped residing.”