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Station: Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center (IRT West Side Line)

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Overview

Opened: 7/1/1918 Closed: 9/11/2001

The station at Cortlandt Street has had a number of incarnations since its 1918 opening. Originally situated under Greenwich and Cortlandt Streets, it was a typical Dual Contracts-era side platform station with two tracks, and standard mosiac decoration of the period. One of the original Cortlandt Street mosaics is preserved at the New York Transit Museum, and a photo of one of these mosaics in place, prior to renovation, is displayed below.

The late 1960's construction of the World Trade Center eliminated both Greenwich Street and Cortlandt Street above the station. The station was redesigned with exits to the World Trade Center concourse in the center and south end, and a street exit to Vesey Street at the north end. The station was given a bland beige brick and concrete overhaul, removing its 1918 mosaic tablets and icons.

This station was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The photos below depicting the damage were released to the press by MTA New York City Transit shortly after September 11th. The subway tracks have been rebuilt through this area but the location of the station remains unfinished; to be completed later during reconstruction of the World Trade Center complex. As of 2012, no construction of a station here has been started.

Photo Gallery


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Photo by: Wayne Whitehorne
Location: Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center

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Photo by: David Pirmann
Location: Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center

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Location: Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center

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Location: Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center (Aftermath of 9/11)

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Location: Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center (Aftermath of 9/11)

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Location: Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center (Aftermath of 9/11)

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Location: Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center (Aftermath of 9/11)

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Location: Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center (Aftermath of 9/11)

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Photo by: MTA New York City Transit
Location: Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center (Aftermath of 9/11)

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Location: Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center (Aftermath of 9/11)

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Location: Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center (Aftermath of 9/11)

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Location: Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center (Aftermath of 9/11)

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Photo by: MTA New York City Transit
Location: Cortlandt Street-World Trade Center (Aftermath of 9/11)


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