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Editor's note: This photo essay originally appeared on FreeEnterprise.com.
This year marks the 14th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Though hard to believe in the immediate wake of the attacks, Lower Manhattan has roared back to life and is once again drawing huge crowds of people, both native New Yorkers and tourists alike. This photo essay highlights the neighborhood’s remarkable, decade-long transformation, one that’s truly taken hold over the past few years as new stores, restaurants, outdoor plazas, and major public works projects have come online.
At 1,776 feet tall, One World Trade Center is officially the tallest building in the U.S., according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub is set to open to the public in stages this year.
Brookfield Place, a shopping and dining center across the street from the World Trade Center complex, looks out over a pedestrian plaza and the Hudson River.
An elevated “mini park” looks over the Hudson River across the street from the World Trade Center complex.
Restaurants like Parm, a favorite among locals, have recently opened in the surrounding neighborhood.
Mexican restaurant El Vez is another recent addition to the neighborhood’s restaurant scene.
The World Trade Center complex comprises 16 acres of land.
Goldman Sachs has its New York headquarters opposite from the World Trade Center complex.
The Battery Park City Shake Shack is 15 feet away from the side entrance to Goldman Sachs’s headquarters.
Youth sports teams from Tribeca, Battery Park City, and the Financial District often play at Battery Park’s fields.
New York-based Shake Shack went public earlier this year.
The interior of Brookfield Place, the revamped shopping center located directly across the street from the World Trade Center complex.
The National September 11 Memorial.
Brookfield Place now has retail stores like Paul Smith, J. Crew, and Bonobos, and restaurants like Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue and Olive’s.
The only place in New York City you’ll find Palm trees is in Brookfield Place.
Tribeca’s border has moved farther and father south over the years, as new apartment buildings and shopping complexes have cropped up, like this one that features a Whole Foods, a Barnes & Noble, a Bed Bath & Beyond, and a SoulCycle studio.
The outside of Brookfield Place, as seen from the Hudson River.