Ground Zero Regenerates: Lower Manhattan 10 Years After 9/11 (Photos)

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Father Brian Jordan (L) and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (C) look on during a blessing of the World Trade Center cross before it was moved into its permanent home at the 9/11 Memorial Museum on July 23, 2011 in New York City. The cross is an intersecting steel beam discovered in the World Trade Center rubble which served as a symbol of spiritual recovery in the aftermath of 9/11.

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Mario Tama

More than 2,700 people were killed when Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked U.S. passenger jets and flew them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Nearly 10 years after the crippling attacks on Lower Manhattan, business, tourism and new construction like One World Trade Center have rejuvenated the formerly devastated cityscape. Getty photographer Mario Tama takes his panoramic camera to One World Trade Center to document this resurgence of life.   

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    Father Brian Jordan (L) and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (C) look on during a blessing of the World Trade Center cross before it was moved into its permanent home at the 9/11 Memorial Museum on July 23, 2011 in New York City. The cross is an intersecting steel beam discovered in the World Trade Center rubble which served as a symbol of spiritual recovery in the aftermath of 9/11.

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    Mario Tama

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    The reflecting pools marking the footprints of the twin towers are seen as work continues at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site on July 8, 2011 in New York City.

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    Mario Tama

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    Construction workers take their lunch break on steps leading to the Brooks Brothers store across the street from the World Trade Center site on June 30, 2011 in New York City. The store was heavily damaged in the 9-11 attacks and reopened on September 11, 2002.

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    Mario Tama

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    Tourists and onlookers view the World Trade Center site from the plaza of the Millenium Hilton Hotel on July 19, 2011 in New York City. The hotel is across the street from the World Trade Center and suffered significant damage in the 9-11 attacks. It was refurbished and reopened in May, 2003.

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    Mario Tama

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    Heavily armed New York Police Department (NYPD) Emergency Service Unit officers keep watch outside Federal Hall, the site where George Washington was inaugurated as first president of the United States, on July 19, 2011 in New York City. The site is blocks from Ground Zero and across the street from the New York Stock Exchange. Security has increased in the area following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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    Mario Tama

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    A construction worker peers through a hole in the fence at the World Trade Center site as work continues on June 14, 2011 in New York City.

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    Mario Tama

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    A boy plays with the iconic bronze statue of a businessman by John Seward Johnson II, which survived the 9-11 attacks covered in debris. July 18, 2011.

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    Mario Tama

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    A street performer with the group the Positive Brothers performs a flip over crowd members on Church Street with construction ongoing at the World Trade Center site on July 18, 2011 in New York City.

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    Mario Tama

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    A man and girl sit in a luxury convertible across the street from the World Trade Center site on June 20, 2011 in New York City.

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    Mario Tama

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    People look on during a blessing of the World Trade Center cross before it was moved into its permanent home at the 9/11 Memorial Museum on July 23, 2011 in New York City.

    Credit:

    Mario Tama

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    A worker puts finishing touches on a memorial reflecting pool as work continues on the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site on June 30, 2011 in New York City. The memorial features two reflecting pools on the footprints of the World Trade Center twin towers.

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    Mario Tama

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    A piece of graffiti reading "Fuck Osama 5/2/11" is seen a few blocks from the World Trade Center site on July 18, 2011 in New York City. Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden was killed May 2, 2011 by U.S. special forces at a compound in Pakistan.

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    Mario Tama

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    A construction worker smokes a cigar on Liberty Street during his lunch break across the street from the World Trade Center site on June 30, 2011 in New York City.

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    Mario Tama

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    Onlookers and tourists view construction on the World Trade Center site from a viewing area at the World Financial Center on June 20, 2011 in New York City.

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    Mario Tama