A number of fellow New Yorkers stand a chance to be an emotional wreck when WTC officially opens its doors. And that’s rather understandable due to tragic circumstances. But all must not be so miserable, as in addition to the pending reopening of WTC, pedestrians will be given a glimpse of what’s to come as the WTC’s long anticipated underway walkway will be finally opening up. The walkway, which links the WTC site with Brookfield Place at Vesey Street, is expected to open tomorrow (Thursday) at 11 a.m., the Port Authority publicly announced.
The passageway will connect the WTC PATH station, which has an entrance at West Broadway and Vesey Street, with the new glass-enclosed Brookfield Place Pavilion across West Street, which is also opening for the first time Thursday.
The 8,000-square-foot pavilion, supported by two massive steel lattice towers, will have six escalators leading to the underground passage, along with revolving doors opening to West Street.
The pavilion and passageway will eventually lead to the much-anticipated Santiago Calatrava-designed $3.9 billion WTC transportation hub and the nearby Fulton Center, which are both still under construction.
The pavilion is also part of Brookfield Place’s $250 million revamp of the former World Financial Center buildings, which will include high-end retail shops and dining.