Built in 1832 as a private residence
and later serving as a tavern, this 22-by-56-foot
building was bought in 1916 and turned,
with the addition of a bell tower, into
a Greek Orthodox church. By 2001, the church
was the sole survivor on a block that had
otherwise become a parking lot--but the building
was unable to survive the September 11 attacks,
toppled by the rubble of 2 WTC.
Deutsche Bank Building
Block (130 Liberty Street): This
building, built in 1974 as Bankers Trust
Plaza, was acquired by Deutsche Bank in a
1999 merger. It was hit by falling debris
from the South Tower during the September
11 attacks, leaving the building unusable
while the bank and its insurance company
argued about whether the building was a
total loss. Demolition finally began in
2007--and was halted in May when debris
struck the fire station next door and injured
Corner: St. Nicholas Church is
supposed to be rebuilt on this spot,
surrounded by a new Liberty Park.
124 (corner): The closest firehouse to the World Trade Center complex houses Engine Company 10 and Ladder Company 10--both organized in 1865, and moving here in 1980 and 1984, respectively. Five firefighters from this house lost their lives on September 11. The firehouse itself was heavily damaged by the attacks, but was rebuilt and reopened in November 2003.
120: A visitors' center and gallery set up
by the September 11th Families' Association.
114: United Rentals. This building was
the subject of the documentary Liberty Street:
Alive at Ground Zero.
112: Essex World Cafe
110: Coast, lunch spot
Site of 3 WTC
This was the address of the
World Trade Center, destroyed in the September 11
attacks. Opened in 1981 as the Vista Hotel, it
took heavy damage in the 1993 attempt to bring
down the World Trade towers. It
was sold to Marriott in 1995.
Site of the South Tower
The WTC towers were not exactly twins; both were
110 stories, but the South Tower, WTC 2, was slightly shorter,
at 1,362 feet. It did have the world's highest outdoor
observation deck. Construction lasted from 1966-73; the towers opened in
It was hit by United Airlines Flight 175 at
9:05 a.m. and collapsed at 9:50. Five hundred
and ninety-nine occupants of this tower were
killed in the attack, only four of them below the
78th floor, the lowest hit by the plane.
Future Site of WTC Tower 4
Corner: Here was the nine-story Commodities Exchange Building, WTC 4, destroyed in the September 11 attacks. Like WTC 7, the replacement building is going to have the same address: WTC Tower 4, a glassy, 72-story office tower designed by Fumihiko Maki. Scheduled to open in 2013, which would make it the first of the new WTC towers to be completed. This building will house the Port Authority's new headquarters, as well as half a million square feet of NYC government offices.