Cortlandt St. Station set to reopen with new name

This photo, snapped before the official reopening, shows that the former Cortlandt Street station will reopen this month as World Trade Center Station.
Photo by Joseph M. Calisi

BY JOSEPH M. CALISI

The long-awaited reopening of the Cortlandt Street Station, which was destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is set for early this month — but it will open with a new name.

It has been rechristened “World Trade Center Station.”

The station originally opened more than 100 years ago as an extension of the city’s original subway system that opened in 1904. Reconstructed 17 years after it’s destruction at a cost of $158 million, it’s seen as the last piece of the puzzle for the renewal of the World Trade Center site.

Artwork on the walls of the station shows artist Ann Hamilton invoking phrases such as “freedom of thought” and “progress and better standards of life” in the tile work.

The original name of the station, as with the street it is on, came from a 17th-century Dutch brewer who lived there back when the Dutch ruled southern Manhattan as Nieuw Amsterdam.

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One Response to Cortlandt St. Station set to reopen with new name

  1. How long did it take to re-open this station? The contractor was extremely over-due by many years, and I understand was denied a subsequent contract for another project by the M.T.A. board. What was the added cost, if any? Were there any penalties assessed for the extreme delay? Why not a dual name for the station? Cortland Street–World Trade Center (does it really exist anymore?) We have a few: 66th Street–Lincoln Center. Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum. Can any fellow readers correct me if wrong and add to this, please?

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