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Ground Zero then and now: Pictures show how New York has risen from ash of 9/11 after 18 years

Ground Zero then and now: Pictures show how New York has risen from the horror and ash of 9/11 after 18 years

  • Images show New York City as it is 18 years on from the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in 2001
  • Pictures show Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2019 compared to the smoke-filled area during and after the attacks
  • The World Trade Center buildings are pictured from West Street, Fulton Street, Cortlandt St and other angles
  • Fritz Koenig’s The Sphere which was once at the World Trade Center Plaza is now at Liberty Park  

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Photographs of New York City 18 years on from the 9/11 attacks show how much the Big Apple has changed in many ways, yet remained familiar all at once.

The new images shot September 11, 2019 show a fresh appearance of Lower Manhattan where nearly 3,000 people were killed when planes hit the Twin Towers in 2001.

Pictures taken on Wednesday capture New Yorkers roaming the area of the World Trade Center but almost two decades ago it was a much different scene as workers ran from the collapsing buildings and flying debris.

People run from the collapse of one of the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center in this Sept. 11, 2001

Fulton Street and subway entrance near One World Trade and the Oculus on September 11, 2019 (left). People run from the collapse of one of the Twin Towers in 2001 (right)

Vesey Street near the World Trade Center memorial and One World Trade is pictured September 11, 2019
A firefighter walks on Vesey Street amid rubble near the base of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001

Vesey Street near the World Trade Center memorial and One World Trade is pictured September 11, 2019 (left). A firefighter walks on Vesey Street amid rubble near the base of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001 (right)

Cortlandt Street subway entrance pictured September 11, 2019
The wreck of the World Trade Center smoulders in the background as a man passes a subway stop after two planes crashed into each of the twin towers in New York on September 11, 2001

Cortlandt Street subway entrance pictured September 11, 2019 (left). The wreck of the World Trade Center smolders in the background as a man passes a subway stop after two planes crashed into each of the twin towers in New York on September 11, 2001 (right)

Pictured from various angles including West Street, Fulton Street, and Cortlandt St in Lower Manhattan, people are seen going about their day-to-day lives on Wednesday, many with a vivid memory of the day that changed the world.

One pedestrian on Church Street was seen wearing a T-shirt with the word ‘freedom’ emblazoned on the back.  Ahead of her the new Brookfield Place glass building is seen in the distance.

A protester held a sign with the words ‘Trust Gov?’ and ‘9/11 lie’ on the other side as he walked in the area where rumble once covered Vesey Street.

Trinity Church steeple and One World Trade pictured September 11, 2019Gv's around the New York world trade centre
Smoke spews from a tower of the World Trade Center September 11, 2001 after two hijacked airplanes hit the twin towers in a terrorist attack on New York City

Trinity Church steeple and One World Trade pictured September 11, 2019 (left). Smoke spews from a tower of the World Trade Center September 11, 2001 after two hijacked airplanes hit the Twin Towers in THE terrorist attack on New York City (right)

The closed former Brooks Brothers store is seen on Church Street on September 11, 2019
A destroyed Brooks Brothers store near ground zero on Sept. 11, 2001 after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City

The closed former Brooks Brothers store is seen on Church Street on September 11, 2019 (left). A destroyed Brooks Brothers store near ground zero on September 11, 2001 after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City (right)

A couple on the Brooklyn Bridge Park looking across the East River. Brooklyn. New York, NY September 11, 2019
Pedestrians on the waterfront in Brooklyn, New York, look across the East River to the burning World Trade Center towers 11 September, 2001 after a terrorist attack

A couple on the Brooklyn Bridge Park looking across the East River in Brooklyn on September 11, 2019 (left). Pedestrians on the waterfront look across the East River to the burning World Trade Center towers 11 September, 2001 (right)

'The Sphere' which was once at the World Trade Center Plaza is now at Liberty Park seen September 11, 2019
Rescue workers search through the wreckage of the World Trade Center 24 September, 2001, near an outdoor memorial that had been dedicated to the victims of the 1993 bombing of the complex in New York, in the aftermath of the 11 September terrorist attack

Sculpture ‘The Sphere’ which was once at the World Trade Center Plaza is now at Liberty Park seen September 11, 2019 (left). Rescue workers search through the wreckage of the World Trade Center on September 24, 2001, near an outdoor memorial that had been dedicated to the victims of the 1993 bombing of the complex in New York (right)

The area is now home to a 9/11 memorial with the names of those who died engraved on a water feature.

The Sphere, which was once at the World Trade Center Plaza, is now at Liberty Park. On September 24, 2001 workers searching the rubble were pictured moving around the sculpture that was once part of the outdoor memorial that had been dedicated to the victims of the 1993 bombing of the complex.

Lower Manhattan also draws in visitors to a museum nearby where Ground Zero was was. 

A couple appeared hugging on the steps of the Brooks Brothers Building which is now closed. 

Meanwhile from the Brooklyn Bridge Park looking across the East River in Brooklyn on Wednesday, spectators looked over the water where smoke billowed from the Twin Towers 18 years ago.

Pedestrians make their way along Fulton Street next to St. Paul's Chapel of Trinity Church on September 11, 2019
People make their way amid debris near the World Trade Center in New York Tuesday Sept. 11, 2001. In one of the most horrifying attacks ever against the United States

Pedestrians make their way along Fulton Street next to St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Church on September 11, 2019 (left). People make their way amid debris near the World Trade Center in New York Tuesday Sept. 11, 2001. In one of the most horrifying attacks ever against the United States (right)

Vesey Street near the World Trade Center memorial and One World Trade pictured September 11, 2019. A man held a sign which read 'Trust gov?' as demonstrators laid messages on the sides of the road near the new Oculus building

Vesey Street near the World Trade Center memorial and One World Trade pictured September 11, 2019. A man held a sign which read ‘Trust gov?’ as demonstrators laid messages on the sides of the road near the new Oculus building

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