2011, 81 Stories and Counting

Steadily rising One World Trade Center, which is steadily going up one floor per ­week, is now more than 80 stories high. Once completed in mid-to-late 2013, it is poised to become the tallest tower in North America at 1776 feet — a symbolic reference to America’s signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Just days into 2011, President Obama signed into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Healthcare Act while on vacation in Hawaii. Immediately Lower Manhattan residents that fought to get the bill passed started another fight to make sure the law covered certain illnesses, like cancer and P.T.S.D., and to make sure that the geographic boundary lines for those who could apply for compensation were expanded.

The Deutsche Bank building’s tortured demolition was finally complete to ground level in January, with the basement deconstructed in February. The Port Authority is presently constructing the Vehicle Security Center at the site.

On Sun., May 2, President Obama interrupted the television airwaves and announced that a covert mission had succeeded in locating and killing Osama bin Laden. Even though he did not make the announcement until almost midnight, throngs of people left their homes and headed to Ground Zero to mark the event.

It was also a year that saw One W.T.C. rise even higher — it is now at 81 stories — and also attract media giant Conde Nast to sign a lease occupying a third of the building’s office space.

Getting the Memorial ready for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and planning the ceremony, was all parties’ singular focus these last several months, not without some bumps and bruised political egos.

On Saturday, Sept. 10, Community Board 1 is organizing Hand in Hand —Remembering 9/11, which will commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the September 11th attacks.   Thousands of people will grasp hands to form a human chain along the waterfront from the tip of Lower Manhattan heading north.

The Headlines tell the story:

FealGood Foundation to help 9/11 victims find lawyers for federal compensation • Science and the city at Seven W.T.C.: NY Academy of Sciences headquarters reside on the 40th floor • Deutsche Bank building almost down • 9/11 responder Timothy Brown hopes to halt Park51 construction • National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum app brings 9/11 voices to life and to your phone • Demolition of Deutsche Bank building brings fate of L.M.D.C. to fore • New study by city Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene proves 9/11-related post-traumatic stress can linger for years • 9/11 memorial’s new interactive timeline provides a detailed account of 9/11 • Pols, govt. aim to clarify 9/11 health bill • Working on the weekend at One W.T.C; 58 floors of framing have been completed • 9/11 victims receive legal advice on compensation rights to be granted by Zadroga law • 9/11 ad pulled after insulting NY firefighter • Pols: Stop Downtown tour bus invasion with remote parking incentives • Bin Laden’s death, Obama’s visit brings crowds to Ground Zero • Digital guide will help families and friends quickly locate loved ones’ names at 9/11 Memorial plaza • New safety procedures implemented after iron rod falls 13 floors; third W.T.C. health survey to be distributed in August • Former P.S. 150 student premiers 9/11 film, ‘The Second Day’ • C.B. 1 frustrated with L.M.D.C.: Agency doesn’t provide full disclosure of programs and finances • Lower floors of One W.T.C. require façade makeover • Crossing Vesey St. remains problematic for pedestrians • Dr. John Howard to return as W.T.C. health program director • Condé Nast signs lease at One W.T.C. • 9/11 families protest future repository placement next to Memorial Museum • Downtown residents seek recognition on 10th anniversary of 9/11; C.B. 1 members ask to be part of the family ceremony • Finalizing the plans for 9/11 Memorial plaza; Memorial Museum might charge • 9/11 health bill’s Victim Compensation Fund draft regs are released • 9/11 family groups hope to reopen Deutsche Bank case • Artist Muriel Stockdale’s 9/11 flag symbolizes diversity • Zadroga Act V.C.F. boundaries debated • C.B.1’s ‘Hands across Lower Manhattan,’ 9/11 community event, taking shape • Ribbon-cutting symbolizes 9/11 survivor’s resilience: Zadroga Act treatment funds are released • 9/11 survivors excluded from 10th anniversary commemoration • The Zadroga question: to pay or not to pay for legal services • Review of cancer alarms many: fed. denies treatment and compensation to 9/11 cancer patients • Pols identify need for better first responder communication during crises: New law aims to establish nationwide network • City Department of Transportation’s tour bus plan for 9/11 Memorial opening is set • Forum focuses on post-9/11 prejudice • One W.T.C.’s many meanings; some visible and some not • Downtown residents mixed on whether to stay or go for 9/11 10th anniversary

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