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Rebuilding NYC - At A Glance
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Rebuilding NYC

At Ground Zero

World Trade Center Casualties: 2,749 (updated January 29, 2004)
(includes those killed in trade center and aboard the two jetliners)

Debris Removed From World Trade Center Site: 1,640,707 tons; 190,568 in steel
Manpower Required To Clear The Site: 3.1 million man-hours; 108,342 truckloads
Cost of Cleaning Up Ground Zero: $750 million
Initial Estimate For Cost of Cleanup: $7 billion

Subway stations reopened after being closed: Seven of 11
Electricity restored in Lower Manhattan: 100%
Phone service restored in Lower Manhattan: 100%

Economic Impact

Damage To New York City Economy: 80 to 100 billion dollars
Office Space Lost: 15 million square feet
Estimated Job Loss from September to December 2001: 105,000 to 125,000 jobs lost
380,000 New Yorkers who lost their health insurance because of attack enrolled in disaster Medicaid program
32,900 people enrolled in disaster Food Stamp program


Reflecting Absence
Reflecting Absence, the winner of an international competition to design the memorial for Ground Zero, envisions two sunken pools on the footprints of the Twin Towers, surrounded by trees.

Memorial Jury
A thirteen-person jury, appointed by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, were charged with selecting a design for the permanent memorial for Ground Zero. Its members are:

Paula Grant Berry -- A Brooklyn resident whose husband was killed on 9/11.
Susan Freedman -- President of the Public Art Fund, and a board member a the Museum of Modern Art, the Municipal Arts Society, and others.
Vartan Gregorian, Ph.D -- President of Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Patricia Harris -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg's deputy mayor for administration.
Maya Lin -- Designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.
Michael McKeon -- Governor George Pataki's former communications director.
Julie Menin -- Owner of Vine Restaurant in lower Manhattan, and founder of Wall Street Rising.
Enrique Norten -- A Mexican architect who won a 2002 design competition for the Brooklyn Library for the Visual and Performing Arts.
Matrin Puryear -- A scupltor and a former winner of the MacArthur Foundation's genius grant.
Nancy Rosen -- An expert on public art.
Lowery Stokes Sims, Ph.D -- Director of Studio Museum in Harlem and former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Michael Van Valkenburgh -- New York City landscape architect who also teaches at Harvard Graduate School of Design.
James Young, Ph.D -- Professor at University of Massachusetts, Amhert's Judaic and Near Eastern Studies department.

Temporary Memorial
Location: Battery Park

Rebuilding Downtown

Coalitions Working To Rebuild

Civic Alliance
The Regional Plan Association has convened a Civic Alliance of more than 75 business, government, community and civic groups in New York and New Jersey, to ensure that the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan meets the highest standards of urban design, addresses regional infrastructure issues and represents the collective wisdom and vision of a cross-section of the city and region's civic, community, environmental and business leaders.

New York New Visions
New York New Visions is a coalition of 20 architecture, planning, and design organizations that came together immediately following the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. This group, representing over 30,000 individuals, has pooled the collective resources and technical expertise of over 350 professionals and civic group leaders in a pro-bono effort to address the issues surrounding the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan.

Imagine New York
Imagine New York was a project designed to make sure that the public has a say in the future of the World Trade Center site through a democratic process. It was organized by a coalition headed by the Municipal Arts Society and included a number of other organizing partners. On December 31, 2003, shortly after completing a report on the public's reactions to the eight finalist designs for the memorial at Ground Zero, Imagine New York announced that it was ending its operations.

R.DOT: Rebuild Our Town Downtown
The Rebuild Downtown Our Town Coalition, (R.Dot) is comprised of Lower Manhattan residents, businesses, community and business associations, artists, colleges, professionals, designers, public officials and appointees. The coalition meets regularly to develop an imaginative, sustainable design for the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan that creates the possibility of the area becoming a diverse, inclusive 24-hour residential and business community. Integral to this goal is the attraction of the intellectual, entrepreneurial, creative, and technological capabilities that empowers New York City's economy and the richness of its multi-cultural life. The coalition also supports the design of a fitting memorial for the September 11 tragedy.

New York City Partnership
An organization with a focus on business, New York City Partnership is involved in assisting businesses as they attempt to get back on their feet after September 11.

Wall Street Rising
Wall Street Rising is a coalition of businesses, industries and residents of the downtown community, dedicated to restoring the vibrancy and vitality that existed in Lower Manhattan prior to the devastating events of September 11, 2001.


Lower Manhattan Development Corporation

Contact Information For the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
Address: One Liberty Plaza, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-962-2300

Advisory Councils
A list of the members of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's advisory councils.

Board Members of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation

  • John C. Whitehead (Chair), the former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, deputy secretary of state under ex-President Ronald Reagan, and former co-chairman of the investment firm Goldman Sachs & Company
  • Roland W. Betts, the lead owner of Chelsea Piers and the former lead owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team, whose fellow owners from 1989 to 1998 included his friend and Yale University classmate George W. Bush
  • Paul A. Crotty, who was corporation counsel in Rudy Giuliani's first term and who is now a public affairs executive for Verizon Communications.
  • Christy Ferer, chairman of media services company Vidicom and Applevision's NYCTV, a member of the Family Advisory Board, and special assistant, liaison to the families of September 11 for Mayor Bloomberg.
  • Robert M. Harding, a deputy mayor for economic development and finance
  • Sally Hernandez-Pinero, an attorney in private practice and on the boards of Con Edison, Dime Savings Bank of New York, the American Museum of Natural History, and the United Way of Greater New York.
  • Thomas S. Johnson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GreenPoint Financial.
  • Edward Lewis, co-founder of Essence Magazine, board member of the New York City Partnership, the Times Square Business Improvement District, the Central Park Conversancy, Girl, Inc., A&P, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
  • Ed Malloy, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York.
  • Stanley S. Schurman, Managing Director of Allen & Company, LLc, served on President Clinton's Foriegn Intelligence Adivsory Board, and was the longest sitting private member of the city's Financial Control Board.
  • Carl Weisbrod, President of the Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc.
  • Madelyn Wils, the chairwoman of Community Board No. 1, which includes the financial district and TriBeCa.
  • Deborah C. Wright, the chief executive of Carver Federal Savings Bank in Harlem and a member of the transition team of Mayor- elect Michael R. Bloomberg.
  • Frank G. Zarb, the former chairman of Nasdaq

Charities and Donations Information

The following is a list of organizations to which you can donate money or from which you can seek assistance.

Liberty Unites:
President Bush has announced a website,, for Americans to make online donations to various charities that will aid the victims of the attacks and their families.

World Trade Center Relief Fund:
Information on funding by the state government can be found by calling 1-800-801-8092, or writing P.O. BOX 5028, Albany, NY, 12205

Police & Firefighters:
To donate to the families and members of the Port Authority Police Department, send donations to: Port Authority Police, World Trade Disaster Survivors' Fund, c/o Port Authority PBA, Inc. 611 Palisade Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

The Leary Firefighters Foundation:
To donate to comedian and actor Denis Leary's fund, visit the foundation's website at

United Way:
To make donations to the September 11 Fund to aid victims and families of the attacks, call the United Way/ New York Community Trust Fund at 1-800-710-8002 or go to Checks can also me mailed care of the United Way, 2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

Trial Lawyers Care, Inc.:
Free legal services are available to victims and family members of the September 11 attacks who seek compensation under the federal September 11 Victim Compensation Fund, which is set to expire on December 22, 2003. Register with Trial Lawyers Care by telephone 1-888-780-8637 (English), 1-888-780-8682 (Espanol) or online at
To offer further assistance, visit