In the aftermath of the infamous World Trade Center attack, residents and business owners in lower Manhattan have continued to show the attacks did not hinder life here. This past June marked yet another milestone for the area. The widely adored World Trade Center farmers market has opened again. The Greenmarket at Oculus Plaza is next to the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. The new market is part of one of many continuing efforts by the Westfield World Trade Center and state officials. It is expected to draw a happy audience of shoppers from the area’s many daily commuters.
Part of a Long Effort
This is but the latest in a long series of steps that have helped bring lower Manhattan to life again. As Westfield Co-CEO Peter Lowy recently stated, “We initially agreed to become part of the World Trade Center site in July 2001 and have been intimately involved with the rebuilding and revitalization for the past 16 years.” During this time, Westfield officials have worked closely with multiple regional partners. They have collaborated with many important official and organizations including the Port Authority, the Manhattan Borough President and the Alliance for Downtown New York. In doing so, they have helped provide many kinds of retail and commuter spaces.
The Creation of a Hub
The new Westfield World Trade Center has connected many disparate areas together. Where there was once a jumble of varied underground transport options, today there is an inviting hub. Over a quarter of a million people rely on this hub to bring them in and out of Manhattan. A memorial to the 9-11 attacks stands outside as a reminder of the area’s suffering and its immediate past. However, officials today and those at Westfield are all about the future rather than the past.
The New Center
At the Westfield World Trade Center, shoppers can find nearly 300,000 square feet of retail shops and other amenities. More than eighty stores await all those who set foot inside. Those at Westfield have sought to bring a vibe that is both New York and yet with international flair at the same time. Shoppers can sample delicious foods from around the world, try on the latest in fashion and discover exciting entertainment possibilities.