NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The centerpiece of the new World Trade Center complex is taking shape as we get closer to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The steel of number one World Trade Center now pokes above the skyline. It’s the tallest building in lower Manhattan, now up to the 76th floor with concrete decked boards up to the 68th story and glass curtain walls installed to the 49th floor.

Port Authority executive director Chris Ward says on 9/11, the family members of the victims will find some solace in the memorial plaza.

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“They will be able to place their hands on the bronze parapets with the names of those who were lost,” said Ward. “They will be able to see the fountains rushing into the voids of the original World Trade Center site.”

The north pool waterfall is tested as work continues on the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site on June 30, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

As crews conduct daily tests of the north pool waterfall, artifacts and symbols that came out Ground Zero are being moved back to the memorial site.

Last week, a 20-foot tall cross that was found by a construction worker standing upright in the rubble of the Twin Towers was moved to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. The cross has been on display at St. Peter’s Church and has become a symbol of solace and peace.

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A fire truck used during the World Trade Center evacuation after the September 11th attacks was also returned to Ground Zero last week. The Ladder Company 3 truck helped people escape from the north tower. Eleven firefighters on the truck were killed when the towers collapsed.

Among other features at the memorial, Ward says family members will be able to walk among American oaks planted on the plaza. The trees are expected to be dressed in their brilliant fall foliage for the 10th anniversary.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that this year’s observance will  be more solemn than years past. The names of victims from the Pentagon attacks and of  United Flight 93 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, will also be read.

Bloomberg said both President Barack Obama and former president George W. Bush will be at this year’s ceremony as well as former mayor Rudy Giuliani and other dignitaries.

Reservations for the first two weeks of the memorial’s opening are already sold out. There is currently availability from September 27 and beyond.

The memorial plaza can comfortably hold about 1,500 people at a time and officially opens to the public on September 12.

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Comments (18)
  1. Oberlin Cirilo says:

    When does the memorial open? Does it open 9/11/11 I have heard they were suppose to open then.

  2. Alex says:

    HI, to start im not an American, Im English, I live in England and like many others around the world can remember excatly where I was when the news broke about the Twin Towers…I watched in horror When they fell and i cried at the loss of life and the bravery and selfless sacrifice shown by NewYorks emergency services.
    I came to this site because I have been watching a TV programme on the re-building of the WTC, I have to say I am shocked at the comments I have seen.
    As Americans you seem more concerned about the cost and how the money could have been better spent!!
    Do you really believe that? The world has waited to see what and how America would respond.
    The world has waited to see if America would curl up in a ball and bury intelf in self pity OR do what we all hoped and prayed it would.
    Why are you rebuilding?…..because you can? NO because you MUST!! America must show those that would rejoice in the events of 9/11 that you will not be scared into submission, that you will rebuild and rise again no matter what!
    Look at London, Dresden, Berlin all cities that were bombed almost to destruction but they were rebuilt!!
    Stand Firm and stand together and there is nothing you can not achieve!
    Please stop bickering amongst yourselves about the cost or if its worth it……read the names on the memorials, look into the faces of the relatives left behind..and then Represent not only America but every decent freedom loving nation on this planet…AND REBUILD IT!!!

    1. iris says:

      i couldnt have said it any better…thank you.

  3. Marty says:

    We should have just rebuilt the Twin Towers. It’s what most people want. And considering that Towers 2 and 3 have been reduced to a couple of five story stumps, we should rebuild them and cap the Freedom Tower at 85 floors. There is no reason not to. Not to mention that the memorial should not be underground, let alone should not require an admission fee. Yamasaki would be rolling in his grave if he found out that Silverstein and Bloomberg have used their clout to get their way and lie to the people of New York. That is why we need to swap the two stumps for new Twin Towers. Without them, New York is not New York.

    I can tell you all this; If the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty had been destroyed, the people of New York would have demanded that they be restored and not let private interests create this huge clusterf$#@.

    Osama bin Laden attacked us on 9/11 because he wanted us to change our way of life as well as the NYC skyline. By letting Silverstein and Bloomberg and other special interests get their way, Osama will have won and his death will mean nothing.

    1. Charles Di Bartolo, Italian Roman Catholic says:

      First we must plan a destruction of the Moslem terrorist mosque celebrationg their victory over New York. Why do all the sympathisers have all Jewish names. Money hungry religious fanatics think they can take their wealth with them to Jew Heaven.

      Charles Di Bartolo, Native Newyorker.

      1. pat says:

        DiBartalo, my grandparents came to NYCity too, you uneducated twit.
        Hatred like yours is what causes terrorist attacks. Do you really want to be part of that?? A memorial is just a salve for a loss that can’t be fathomed. Let the people have what they want.

      2. Jon says:

        Did you just suggest destroying someone because of what they said and because of their religious beliefs? It might be acceptable if all or even most Muslims in the U.S. were terrorist supporters, but they’re not freedom of speech is one of the things that makes America great.. Also, the jew comment makes no sense. Jews have more reasons to hate Muslims and almost anyone else.

  4. kendra says:

    how can the world trade ctr be the tallest building if it know longer there?that is some strange stuff you know.and yes why are we spending so much money on this sort of stuff when we could be putting it to good use such as afterschool ctrs for the kids or healthcare etc…etc…..etc…etc…

  5. Meme Meyagi says:

    sure, lets take 100 years to rebuild, then ben will really get to steal more money from this rebuilng process.

  6. Meme Meyagi says:

    how is your afgan cave moohamad?

    1. Bob says:

      No…the operatives who attacked us admit they did it. People who deny it was an Islamic fundamentalist group, and think it was the government instead, are just dumb Americans and Europeans. He’s probably sitting in a cafe in London, not in a cave.

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  8. j says:

    10 years later, the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq; a financial meltdown in the United States our dominance in Libya (another long term war) and now a debt ceiling crisis. Many Americans are clueless as to the significance this hss on American Credibility and throughout the world. (America’s Credit Card is maxed out) and we are worrying about gay marriage and the legalization of marijuana. Remember: All Osama Bin Laden wanted to do was destroy the American financial system (do not think for a second that he did not succeed.) The world sees that we can’t even get our house in order. The Chinese couldn’t be happier. They own almost all our bonds and are relishing this opportunity. When are we going to come together and say “ENOUGH?” Republicans and Democrats, the poor and recipients of entitlement programs can’t see past their noses and say this is bigger than us; it’s about our homeland, our credibility, our world dominance and influence. Countries are taking us less seriously than before. We can’t even protect ourselves from a cyber attack. We’ve become weak. Our Democracy is being dismantled by fanatical ideologues, purveyors of hatred against religions, faiths, ethnicities and so on. American’s are destroying America with this cesspool of mismanagement. Get America back on track and let us show the world that nothing can pull us apart!

  9. bloombergisafascist says:

    10 years to build a friggin building. what a joke this city is.
    p.s. it is not a cross, it is 2 pieces of steel that just happened to look like a stupid

    1. Linda says:

      Your right it is two pieces of steel….. And Jesus was hung from two pieces of wood….. that just happened to look like a cross I suppose?

  10. brooklyn4ever says:

    I have watched the Freedom Tower and all that is being built at Ground Zero every day from my office window since construction started, and although this should have been completed a good 8 years ago, it is still a testament to how in the face of adversity, we never lost our determination to rebuild and honor the memories of those so senselessly lost on 9/11/01 no matter how long it is actually taking. Never Forget!

    1. Scott says:

      It is a testament of how disgusting human beings really are. And if after all the pathetic bad press related to the politics, delays, corruption and so forth that has gone on all these years, that you can still find what has gone on acceptable, you are not terribly in touch with reality. The rebuilding of this area has been equally as heartbreaking as the event that caused the need to rebuild in the first place. Never forget you say, well it seems you are very forgetful !

      1. Ben says:

        Wow, you’re an ass. It doesn’t matter if it takes 10 years, 20 years, or 30 years to build these structures, they are still a great testament to our country and who we are. It is not the bad press, politics, and delays that this man finds acceptable; it is the fact that we got through it and still have been able to continue progress on the site that he finds acceptable. I truly believe if any other country would have faced what we’ve faced, they would crumble under the calamity of everything.

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