You remember the World Trade Center Transportation Hub Oculus, right?
It's a $3.7 billion rail terminal, and it's set to house Westfield's $1.4 billion shopping center. This will include more than 100 tenants, which include some of our favorites: Apple, Eataly, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade.
Oculus will also feature an event space for concerts, performances, broadcasts and fashion shows. Needless to say, we're pretty stoked.
Of course, we were really bummed out when Oculus's construction was pushed back.
Oculus was originally supposed to open in August of 2015, and construction was delayed even further by a spat of water penetration around the construction site in November.
Still, we're happy to announce that after more than 10 years and $4 billion dollars, Oculus will officially open in early March.
According to Politico New York, the hub's temporary PATH station serves 44,000 passengers. The Port Authority estimates the finished hub will serve 200,000 passengers.
The hub will also connect 11 subway lines: A, C, E, J, Z, R, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, several MTA bus routes, ferry service, and parking garages.
"It has not been easy for me. I have been treated like a dog," said Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the designer of the hub.
We're hoping that when all this is over, when we're twirling our spaghetti at Eataly before heading to a concert on Oculus's stage, it'll all be worth it-- the decades, the billions, and Calatrava's strife.
We can also say that the structure is stunning. It's steel-winged, and designed to evoke bird associations.
Most of all, we can't wait for the site surrounding the World Trade Center to be bustling, triumphant, and full of all the life and vibrance of NYC.
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We deserve at least that much after the heartbreak and suffering that tore through our city on September 11th, 2001.
This good news about Oculus comes in the wake of other good news: Congress approved lifetime medical care for illnesses attributable to first responders' time at Ground Zero last week.
So, no, our city will never fully recover from the traumatic events of September 11th, 2001. We lost way too many people we loved for that.
But no one could ever say we haven't persevered. NYC always perseveres.
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