The site of the former World Trade Center, as viewed from
a helicopter in the weeks that followed the tragic events of September 11,
2001. A number of high-profile buildings appear in this dramatic photograph.
They are, counterclockwise from left to right: the towers of the World
Financial Center; the Verizon Building; 90 Church Street; the Millennium
Hotel; Century 21 and the East River Savings Bank Building; One Liberty
Plaza; and the Banker's Trust Building.
Its machined-precision facades shattered by the
worst terrorist incident in world history, Two World Trade Center (South
Tower) lies in ruins, September 19, 2001.
Covered in dust, a solitary ambulance lies abandoned
in the wreckage of the World Trade Center, September 15, 2001. In the
background, the shattered remains of the North Tower's façade form a jagged
silhouette against the smoke-clouded sky. Beyond that lies a
relatively-unscathed 90 Church Street.
Like a phoenix, Old Glory defiantly flies from the
wreckage that was the North Tower of the World Trade Center, September 16,
2001. Some of the many challenges that confronted rescue and recovery
workers in the early days following the disaster are evident in this
dramatic photograph; the enormous, twisted piles of steel debris; the
burned-out remains of World Trade Center 6; and the unsupported foyer
sections of the North Tower.
The WTC site as it appeared on September 17, 2001. As the remains of the
World Trade Center continue to smolder, cranes and rescue crews commence the
Herculean task of recovering victims and clearing debris from the site. The
center of the photograph is dominated by the remains of the western façade
of the South Tower, and the lower, southwestern corner of the Marriot Hotel.
The debris-scarred façade of the Banker's Trust Building appears to the
upper right; immediately behind the South Tower looms the window-shattered
façade of One Liberty Plaza.