Photo by Fred R. Conrad/New York Times
What you see here is a view of the subway from the former World Trade Center site. What most travelers heading to and from South Ferry don’t realize about the 1 train is that, as it passes the Cortlandt St. station and the area around Ground Zero, the subway itself is running through a concrete box suspended 50 feet above ground by pillars and beams.
This past weekend, in a extensive spread in the Metropolitan section, The Times explored the goings-on at Ground Zero ahead of the nine-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The piece includes a photogallery that highlights everything happening below street level, and the subway box looms over the eastern end of the work zone as construction crews build around it. Eventually, the subway will again be encased underground, and according to the Port Authority’s latest status report, the Cortlandt St. station will reopen some time during the third quarter of 2011.