After 17 years of being destroyed in the infamous 9/11 terrorist attacks, a New York subway station, situated in the shadow of the World Trade Centre, reopened days before the 17th anniversary of the attack. Cortlandt Street was completely buried under the rubble of the Twin Towers in the 2001 9/11 attacks as parts of the World Trade Centre torn through the terminal.
“It represents a major milestone in the recovery and growth of downtown Manhattan,” said Joe Lhota, city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority as quoted by a leading British daily.
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“WTC Cortlandt is more than a new subway station – it is symbolic of New Yorkers’ resolve in restoring and substantially improving the entire World Trade Centre site,” he added.
However, Cortlandt Street was reopened days before the world marks the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The station has been renovated and has been kept a bit different from the usual grim New York’s underground subways. The Cortlandt Street is a fully air-conditioned station, keeping the passengers cool.
The New York Times described it as “sleek, bright and airy”, bearing “little resemblance to its old, dank self”.
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The project to renovate the then defunct subway started in 2015 but was delayed due to the lengthy procedure to revamp the surrounding areas.
However, dozens turned out on the 17th anniversary of 9/11 attacks to pay their tributes and show appreciation.