USA 4 World Trade Center opens, a shining symbol of a vibrant New York (+video)

The simple and elegant 4 World Trade Center is the first skyscraper to open at ground zero. Even with 40 percent of its office space to fill, the structure was hailed as symbolizing New York's resilience and growth.

By , Staff Writer

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Gleaming with "quiet dignity" on a bright November morning, 978-foot-high 4 World Trade Center opened its doors Wednesday, the first skyscraper to open on the original site of the iconic Twin Towers since their destruction 12 years ago. It was a symbolic moment for New York’s “ground zero” after more than a decade of painstaking construction that reshaped Manhattan’s southern tip – and perhaps its psyche, too.