False Promises and Premises

2018-08-06T10:51:23+00:00 Vol. 1, Issue No. 10|
Updated: 08/06/18

The latest WTC development in a bizarre string of inexplicably clumsy moves is the revelation that the maintenance of the 408-foot spire was never feasible — because there was no way to safely maintain it. That means that the Freedom Tower’s bogus claim to be the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere was even more bogus than it seemed. Another false promise down the Big Drain.

Meanwhile, the new World Trade Center may boast the world’s highest “Shake Shack.” So, we are clearly bound for glory. Or might be, if it weren’t for pesky little reality checks, like the one now being posed by the controversy over the relocation of the iconic Koenig Sphere, which is being denied a home where it belongs — or anywhere else, it seems.

Wherever it goes, it would be good to know that the Eternal Flame that was lit at the Sphere’s 2002 dedication in Battery Park will be transferred with it — and is in no danger of being un-eternalized.

New York Times | “World Trade Center’s Symbolic 1,776-Foot Height Is at Stake in a Redesign

The Wall Street Journal | “Pointed Spat Over World Trade Spire

The Bergen Record | “The Sphere belongs at Ground Zero

ABCNews.com–AP | “New Place Picked for WTC Sphere That Endured 9/11

The New York Daily News | “Sen. Schumer: Move World Trade Center sphere to somewhere prominent!

DNAinfo.com | “Danny Meyer Wants to Run 1 WTC Observation Deck, Report Says

Business Insider | “The New World Trade Center Could Be Getting The World’s Highest Shake Shack

The Star-Ledger | “At World Trade Center, the twin towers’ disgraceful replacement