Look: Downtown 360 – Portraits of a Neighborhood Now

September 09, 2011 at 6:00 am

Afters years of delays, the construction of One World Trade Center, formally known as the Freedom Tower, is on schedule to open in 2013. The 9/11 Memorial Plaza, located at the base of One World Trade, will be open to the public on Monday, Sept.12. MetroFocus/Sam Lewis

Most people who work in the Financial District say that 10 years after Sept. 11 life is back to normal. But is that really true? And what’s a normal work day like in and around an area that, until Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked us this week to retire the phrase, quickly came to be known as “Ground Zero?”

Leading up to the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, MetroFocus spent several days exploring the streets around the World Trade Center site. We wanted to see how the events of that day still shape people’s daily experience in the neighborhood. We scouted out Wall Street brokers, queried local shopkeepers and chatted with construction workers.  Here are their portraits and their stories, which have been edited and condensed:

MetroFocus intern Bridget Leahy contributed reporting to this piece.

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