Thousands of New Yorkers were displaced from their homes after September 11th's attack on the World Trade Center. NY1's Sandra Endo reports on the latest wave of residential buildings to reopen after the attack.
Ten days after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced Friday that another wave of Battery Park city residents can return to their homes, 8 a.m. Saturday morning.
The seven buildings scheduled to open are Liberty Terrace, Battery Point, Liberty Court, South Cove Plaza, River Watch, Cove Club and The Regatta.
The Battery Park City Authority also announced that Liberty View will open at 8 a.m. Saturday.
But while the city is trying get life back to normal for those who lived closest to the tragedy, some, like Don Kaye, a born and bred New Yorker, say the neighborhood will never be the same.
"I think there's just going to be too many ghosts there, not to mention my fiance has allergy problems and I don't know how the air quality there might affect that," Kaye said. "But more importantly, I just feel like, emotionally, I don't think either of us can stay there. A major hub of our neighborhood has been devastated and has become a graveyard essentially."
While Battery Park city residents are filled with mixed emotions about returning home, the optimism and vow to rebuild the area and strengthen the entire city seems contagious.
"That neighborhood is not going to be changed forever," said James Gill of the Battery Park City Authority. "That neighborhood will be back. It will be back to what it was before this happened and it will be even better."
Even realtors for the affluent area say while rents may go down citywide for a while, things will bounce back.
"I think what's going to happen within the next three months is it's going to be the most volatile market," said Barbara Corcoran, a Corcoran Group Realtor. "Prices will soften there, but I really believe it's just going to be on the heels of this disaster and then it'll resume it's lead as the best neighborhood in New York."
Said Gill: "I think about the unique vistas that we have that are not available anywhere else in the world - looking out at the Statue of Liberty, looking out at the harbor, looking out at Ellis Island. You think that's going to go away? Not in my lifetime and not even in your lifetime."
According to the Battery Park City authority, four more buildings in the Battery Park area are scheduled to open within the next week.
Monday, September 24:
The Soundings, 280 Rector Place
Hudson View East, 250 South End Avenue
Tuesday, September 25:
River Rose, 333 Rector Place
Wednesday, September 26:
Liberty House, 377 Rector Place
The BPCA said 400 Chambers Street is already open.
The remaining buildings — Gateway, Hudson Towers, Hudson View, and Parc Place, are not yet ready for occupancy. Residents should contact their building management for updates in status.
South neighborhood residents can enter Battery Park City via Battery Place. Only pedestrian traffic will be allowed. Residents should check with their building managers for details about their building.
For more information, log on to the Battery Park Authority's website