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Ground Zero - New York City wound

Ground Zero is one of the oldest shopping districts in Manhattan. He experienced great glory, and great sorrow, but that is why he only became stronger. We will tell about Ground Zero of two epochs, the difference between them is just one day.

Before

The name of this place is not taken from the sky - in the 17th century, part of the area was covered by the waters of the Hudson. At least two British ships sank in Ground Zero. Later, when land became available to humans, the land was called the “Zero Level” - Ground Zero.

Most of the territory is managed by the Port of New York.

Until the 1970s, this area was better known as Radio Row, a huge market for electronics and home appliances. The place turned so green that it was there that they decided to build the World Trade Center.

All small shops were demolished, the area is almost completely cleared for the construction of a symbol of a strong American economy - the giant twin towers.

The whole world really knew about them. True, not at all in the way that the creators wanted.

After

On September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda members committed four terrorist attacks with the hijacking of aircraft. Two of them at full speed, with full fuel tanks crashed alternately into the first and second towers of the World Trade Center. This day (more often it is simply referred to as 9/11) cut in two the life of not only Ground Zero, but of the whole country. Nearly three thousand people died, most of them were located in the buildings of the center or not far from them.

Both 110-storey towers collapsed as a result of the collision and fire. Debris and toxic ash spread for miles around. A column of smoke was visible even from space. Buildings near the towers were either seriously damaged or completely destroyed and were subject to demolition.

It took two weeks to put out the fires, although the corruption in the rubble lasted almost three months. It took eight months to complete the debris. New York was paralyzed with horror, and the good old shopping corner near the water, Ground Zero, suddenly became his ragged wound.

Ground Zero today

On the site of the foundation of the destroyed towers today is the National Memorial to the victims of the tragedy. It is a museum and two large fountains, the water of which goes down to the center - the square black abyss.

Memorial at Ground Zero in New York - photo from above - American ButlerAround, on the sides of the fountain, carved the names of the dead. In some of them flowers are inserted - this means that this person today could celebrate a birthday. On the anniversary of the terrorist attack, spotlights on the site of the memorial send two powerful pillars of light into the sky.

Both fountains are surrounded by trees. Among them there is a pear, which once survived this tragedy, and then bloomed again. The tree is carefully looked after and protected as a symbol of stamina and thirst for life.

The area around the memorial is built up with new skyscrapers of the World Trade Center. Now there are already six of them, but each was built through protests of Americans. The notorious place does not give rest to not only superstitious people, but also to the relatives of the victims. After the cadre of tragedy that has flown around the world, people still cannot recover from grief and fear.

However, a visit to Ground Zero is definitely worth it. At a minimum, to commemorate those who have never come out with a glass of coffee in a square nearby on their lunch break. And as a maximum - to understand what kind of courage, unity, effort and will to live should be imitated. And the fact that good will still win even the strongest evil.

American Butler can help build a route around New York — visit Ground Zero and other places of interest in the city without missing a single important point.
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