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Five Days Later: Only Ruins Remain
Aerial view of the World Trade Center ruins, five days after the terrorist attack in New York City

Aerial view of the World Trade Center ruins, five days after the terrorist attack in New York City

Photo © Eric J. Tilford / U.S. Navy / Getty Images

Five days after the terrorist attacks, ruins of the New York World Trade Center buildings still smoldered. Lower Manhattan in New York City seemed like a war zone and became known as Ground Zero.

Buildings Destroyed in Lower Manhattan:

  • the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center (WTC 1 and WTC 2)
  • 7 World Trade Center
  • 6 World Trade Center
  • 5 World Trade Center
  • 4 World Trade Center
  • 3 World Trade Center (the Marriott World Trade Center Hotel)
  • St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Buildings Damaged, Condemned, then Razed:

  • the Deutsche Bank Building at 130 Liberty Street (1974)
  • Manhattan Community College's Fiterman Hall at 30 West Broadway (rebuilt in 2012)

Buildings Damaged, but Eventually Restored:

  • the World Financial Center complex, designed by Cesar Pelli (1980s)
  • 90 West Street, designed by Cass Gilbert (1907)
  • the Verizon Building (1927)
  • One Liberty Plaza, designed by SOM (1973)
  • the Millenium Hilton
  • U.S. Post Office at 90 Church Street (1935)

The demolition of the World Trade Center complex altered New York's skyline forever. Could the World Trade Center buildings have been made stronger or safer? Tell us what you think.

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