Date
13 December 2017
Dominating the Manhattan skyline, One World Trade Center opens for business on Monday, 13 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Photo; AFP
Dominating the Manhattan skyline, One World Trade Center opens for business on Monday, 13 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Photo; AFP

13 years after 9/11, World Trade Center welcomes first tenants

One World Trade Center, America’s tallest tower, welcomed its first tenants on Monday as the 104-story skyscraper opened at the site of the twin towers that were brought down by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2011, the Associated Press reported.

“The New York City skyline is whole again, as One World Trade Center takes its place in Lower Manhattan,” said Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that owns both the building and the World Trade Center site.

About 170 employees of the publishing giant Conde Nast started filling five floors of the tower that dominates the Manhattan skyline, and about 3,000 more of its staff will arrive early next year, the report said.

At least 60 percent of the building has been leased, with another 80,000 square feet (7,400 square meters) going to the advertising firm Kids Creative, the stadium operator Legends Hospitality, the BMB Group investment adviser, and Servcorp, a provider of executive offices, it said.

Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, One World Trade Center’s reopening marked an emotional milestone for New Yorkers and Americans as a whole, according to AP. The building is the centerpiece of the 16-acre site where more than 2,700 people died when two commercial jetliners hijacked by terrorists were flown into the former twin towers.

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A woman uses her company ID to open the door to One World Trade Center, which welcomed its first tenants on Monday. Photo: AFP


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