New York Anna vermeulen & noa van kessel

World Trade Center

The World Trade Center (WTC) was a complex of 7 buildings. The complex was especially known for the Twin Towers. They were once the tallest buildings in the world but on 9/11 2001 a disaster happened. A hijacked plane flew right into the North building and short after that another plane flew in the South building, 20 minutes later. The other 5 buildings of the WTC were very damaged and eventually destroyed by the people. There was an enormous fire in both of the Twin Towers so it didn’t take long before the buildings were completely collapsed. Almost all the people who were in the towers died. There were a lot of people who don’t wanted to burn to death so they just jumped of the building. Because the disaster has touched so many people, there was a long time a sense of national mourning. It was a real disaster! And now, after 15 years, people still mourn because of the happenings on 9/11.

9/11 attacks

The 9/11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda. The attacks killed about 3000 people and injured over 6000 people. Four passenger airliners were hijacked bij 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. Two planes were crashed in the Twin Towers. The third plane was crashed into the Pentagon but didn’t leave much damage. The fourth plane was steered toward Washington D.C. but crashed into a field after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers.

9/11 memorial and museum

After a couple years the people in America decided to build a museum with all the memories, pictures, debris etc. off 9/11. The museum is called the 9/11 memorial and opened at May 15, 2014. The people also decided to build a 9/11 memorial. There are 2 reflecting pools were the Twin Towers used to be. The names of every person who died on 9 Septembre are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools. Three months after its opening, the memorial has been visited by over a million people.

One World Trade Center

On April 27 they started to build a new tower, called the One World Trade Center, or the Freedom Tower. The architect of the building is David Childs. The building is 541 meters tall and 104 floors high. It is the tallest building in New York and also the sixth-tallest building in the whole world. The building opened on November 3, 2014 and now, on the 100th floor, there is an observation deck for visitors. If you visit the observation deck you first got to see and hear videos en audios of people who are telling their stories of 9/11 and mostly how they lost someone. When you are at the top you got to see a video of New York, when the video is finished the walls slide open and you got to see an amazing view of New York which is very inspiring and emotional. Than you can walk further and you got to see a almost 360 degrees view of the skyline. Also called: see forever.

Facilities

Central Park

Central park is the biggest park in Manhattan. It runs from 59th to 110th Street and it is artificial applied, with here and there some untouched ground. The park has more than 35 million visitors every year. The park has also a lot of sights and activities, there is always something to do. For example: The Great Lawn, it is the biggest field in the park. Also there are The Strawberry Fields, in 1980 was John Lennon shot for his house nearby Central Park. After his death were the Strawberry Fields designed, at the place where John Lennon prefers to come as a symbol of peace: in Central Park. There are many more sights and activities but there are too many to tell.

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building was once the biggest skyscraper in the world. The Empire State Building is Located in the Garment District in Manhattan, at the intersection of 34th Street to Fifth Avenue. They started building The Empire State Building in 1930 and the opening was in 1931, the building is 381 metres high and it has 102 floors. Also The Empire State Building is used in many movies. It became very famous in the movie King Kong. Even today, when the building isn’t the highest in the world anymore. Receives the Empire State Building more than 2 million visitors a year. The building's name is derived from the state of New York, nicknamed the Empire State. Also the building is an office and a visitor place for tourists.

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is a Statue in New York Bay. The Statue is a symbol of freedom and in addition serves as a sign of welcome to everyone: returning Americans, Visitors and immigrants. The 46 meter high statue ( 93 meters if the base is included ) with a weight of 225 tonnes was a gift from France to commemorate the centennial of the Declaration of Independence and also as a sign of friendship.

Times Square

Times Square is the busiest and the most tourist Square of New York. Times Square is known for the many Broadway Theaters, cinemas and giant advertising signs. It is one of the places that make New York the city that never sleeps. The New York times built in 1904 the Times Tower, on 43th Street near Broadway to replace their old offices in the center. The Square that was along the Times Tower was formerly known as Longacre Square, but soon it was renamed: Times Square. Today, the name is used for a large area between 40th and 53rd Street and 6th and 9th Avenue.

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge was built between 1869 and 1883, it connects Manhattan with New York’s Brooklyn Borough, at the time itself one of the largest cities in the United States. The Bridge is one of the most beautiful monuments of New York. The driving force behind this project was engineer John Roebling. He came up with the idea to build the bridge after him during the crossing on a ferry got stuck in the ice of the East River. John Roebling didn’t survive the building. A work accident cost him his life. He wasn’t the only one who died during the construction: 20 out of a total of 600 workers lost their lives through accidents. His son: Washington Roebling took it over but he was felled by the diverse disease during work on the towers of the bridge and was on his deathbed during the inauguration of the bridge. That day, May 24, 1883, 150,000 people crossed the bridge.

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