Peering into the cavernous pit in lower Manhattan, it was hard to picture a redesigned World Trade Center just a year ago.
A look now - with observance of the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks only days away - offers a far different view.
Elements of the multibillion-dollar reconstruction plan are beginning to take shape. Structures that will memorialize the lives lost in the 2001 and 1993 terror attacks, will also redefine New York City's downtown.
The signature skyscraper, One World Trade Center, commonly known as the Freedom Tower, has risen more than 100 feet above street level. It still is mostly a foundation and a steel frame with no floors. But a year ago, the frame was only 25 feet above street level.
Portions of the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum are steadily moving toward targeted completion dates.The entire memorial, including the museum's pavilion and underground exhibition space, is to be completed in 2013.
Details on WTC Memorial and Museum
Cost: $610 million (for memorial and museum)
Completion: Memorial partially done in 2011 for 10th anniversary of 9/11. Entire memorial and underground museum to be completed in 2013.
Features: Two 1-acre-sized pools with waterfalls within footprints of Twin Towers.
Raised bronze panels with the names of the 2,981 people who died on 9/11 and the six killed in the 1993 terror bombings at the site.
8-acre plaza with nearly 500 swamp white oak and sweetgum trees.