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Cortlandt Street subway station, destroyed during 9/11, will finally reopen

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After 17 years of construction and a $158 million price tag, the station is making its return

Large skyscrapers including One World Trade Center. In the foreground there is a row of trees. Max Touhey

Almost 17 years after being destroyed during the 9/11 terror attacks, Lower Manhattan’s Cortlandt Street station, will finally reopen.

The New York Daily News reports that the subway station on the 1 line is set to reopen in October, after being completely rebuilt to the tune of $158 million. Commuters that would normally have to trek to the 1 line’s Chambers or Franklin street stations can now save themselves a few steps and utilize the Cortlandt Street station.

Some have questioned the necessity of the subway station, given that folks have managed without it for so long, however, its opening symbolizes the resiliency of New York, even after something as devastating as the 9/11 attacks. After the station was crushed on 9/11, then-Governor George Pataki stated that rebuilding the station was “going to help more than a million people by restoring service, help the recovery of lower Manhattan and sends a powerful message that New York City can’t be stopped.”

Per the Daily News, the rebuilt subway station will “honor its past while invoking humanity’s highest ideals” by featuring artwork from artist Ann Hamilton that includes words from the United Nation’s Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration of Independence etched into its walls.