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The History and Legacy of the World Trade Center

The World Trade Center in New York City is well-known by another name – Ground Zero. It’s the sight of the terrorist attack on the United States that happened on September 11, 2001. On that day, what was once a 7 building complex, which included 12 million square feet of office space, an underground shopping mall, and the iconic Twin Towers, became rubble.

Today, the World Trade Center has been rebuilt, while paying homage to the almost 3,000 lives lost. On the 9/11 Memorial Grounds, you’ll find two reflecting pools located in the original site of each Twin Tower. Surrounding the reflecting pools, you’ll see black plates that feature the names of all identified lives lost in that tower on 9/11.

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The 9/11 Memorial Museum is featured prominently on the grounds next to the reflecting pools. It has an incredible array of artifacts from 9/11 and features the first-person narratives of individuals who both survived and perished during the attacks.

Of the new buildings constructed on the World Trade Center grounds, One World Trade Center is the most prominent. Now, it stands as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. At the top, you can visit one of the best observatories in New York City, One World Observatory.

You can find the World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial in lower Manhattan, specifically in the Financial District neighbourhood. And, you can get to the grounds from anywhere in New York City by taking the subway. The 1/2/3/A/C/E/R/W/J/Z subway lines all have stations within blocks of the World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial.

Loved reading about the World Trade Center? This article was submitted by Lyndsay Crescenti of @The Purposely Lost. If you would like to share where you Venture | Explore | Conquer, contact us on submissions@dillydallymag.co
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