Wednesday, September 13, 2023 5:09 pm
Lower Manhattan (WABC) — City officials on Wednesday unveiled the last public portion of the World Trade Center site, 22 years and two days after the attacks.
The area has been redeveloped as a space of remembrance and reflection and now includes a space for performance and artistic expression.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Governor Kathy Hochul and many others excitedly gathered for the official ribbon cutting of the new Perelman Center for the Performing Arts in Lower Manhattan ceremony.
The eight-story, $500 million, 129,000-square-foot building at 251 Fulton Street is one of many symbols of Lower Manhattan rising from the ashes, paying tribute not only to those lost but to the city’s legacy. Spiritual tribute that’s back.
The performing arts are an important part of New York’s spirit and identity.
On Wednesday, instead of cutting the ribbon, they did so during a live performance by Tony Award winner Gavin Creel and students from the Joffrey Ballet.
“Today we launch the final part of the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site,” said board chairman Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor. “This will help us begin a new chapter in the history of Lower Manhattan.”
Architect Joshua Ramus oversaw the design of the three interior theaters, which can be used individually or connected to each other.
“There’s no group more valuable than artists designing buildings,” Ramus said. “They’re used to performing in temporary spaces and spaces that weren’t necessarily designed for them, and I think this building is very much It’s about supporting the artists who work here.”
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