Site Plan Illustration: Michael Newhouse

Click the image above to view components of the new World Trade center as well as a section drawing of the site.

To create the original World Trade Center, the Downtown Lower Manhattan Development Association and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey closed five streets and carved out a 16-acre superblock in the first half of the 1960s. The new WTC is reinserting some of those lost streets in an effort to better connect the complex with the rest of Lower Manhattan. While two towers are rising aboveground and the memorial is open, most of the work so far has been building underground infrastructure and transportation connections.

To make way for the World Trade Center, the public-private agencies developing the site razed 164 buildings from the area of electronics stores known as Radio Row.
Photo © Port of New York Authority/T Sheehan (1972)
The Twin Towers rose 1,368 and 1,362 feet and opened between 1970 and 1973. Contractors used the 1.2 million cubic feet of earth excavated for the complex to create 23.5 acres along the Hudson River that became Battery Park City.