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NYC Subway Reopens For First Time Since 9/11

As we are heading into the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America, NYC announces the reopening of a subway station that was destroyed on that fateful day.

Clean, shiny and looking brand spanking new, the Cortlandt Street subway station is truly a sight to behold.  With its gleaming chrome and shiny white marble, the station was reopened in grand style this past Saturday, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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The subway station was destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, after the Twin Towers collapsed on top of the station, burying it under tons of concrete and rubble.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Joe Lhota stated:

“WTC Cortlandt is more than a new subway station.  It is symbolic of New Yorkers resolve in restoring and substantially improving the entire World Trade Center site.”

The rebuilt station has a few new updates, including being fully accessible.  There are also several kiosks available where subway commuters can get information or call for additional assistance.

The station also sports artwork, titled “Chorus”.  It is an understated mosaic, of white marble, that features various texts from the 1776 Declaration of Independence as well as text from the 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights adorning the walls.  The mosaic piece of art was constructed by an OSU professor, Ann Hamilton, who is also an artist.  Hamilton was in attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and saw her mosaic art piece unveiled.

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One individual who did not show was Andrew Cuomo.  He officially oversees the MTA, in his capacity of the governor.  It was not stated why the Cuomo was not in attendance for the momentous occasion.  Some believe it stem from that fact he believes that the subway system is a source of constant astronomical expense as the number of those who take advantage of the service is skyrocketing.

Whatever the reason, his absence did not dampen the ceremonies, as many feel the new station will serve as a new hope for beleaguered commuters.