9 Years of ‘Unbuilding’ the World Trade Center in New York

BY Travis Daub  September 10, 2010 at 2:15 PM EDT

“For an instant, each tower left its imprint in the air, a phantom of pulverized concrete marking a place that then became a memory.”
William Langewiesche, “American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center

To mark the ninth anniversary the Sept. 11 attacks, we have gathered 25 aerial images of lower Manhattan, spanning more than half a century. The images reveal an always-changing city, and the visible efforts to “unbuild” the World Trade Center after the attacks.

February, 1954 USGS

February, 1954
USGS

February, 1966 USGS

February, 1966
USGS

June, 1978 Google Earth, NOAA

June, 1978
Google Earth, NOAA

April, 1994 Google Earth, USGS, NOAA

April, 1994
Google Earth, USGS, NOAA

April, 1997 USGS

April, 1997
USGS

April, 1997 Google Earth, USGS, NOAA

April, 1997
Google Earth, USGS, NOAA

September, 2001 Google Earth, GEOEYE

September, 2001
Google Earth, GEOEYE

December, 2001 Google Earth, GEOEYE

December, 2001
Google Earth, GEOEYE

June, 2002 Google Earth, GEOEYE

June, 2002
Google Earth, GEOEYE

September, 2002 Google Earth, GEOEYE

September, 2002
Google Earth, GEOEYE

April, 2003 Google Earth, Sanborn, Digital Globe

April, 2003
Google Earth, Sanborn, Digital Globe

2002 GeoEye

2002
GeoEye

September, 2003 Google Earth, BlueSky, GeoEYE

September, 2003
Google Earth, BlueSky, GeoEYE

September, 2003 Google Earth, Blue Sky, GeoEye

September, 2003
Google Earth, Blue Sky, GeoEye

September, 2003 Google Earth, GeoEye

September, 2003
Google Earth, GeoEye

February, 2005 Google Earth, GeoEye

February, 2005
Google Earth, GeoEye

April, 2005 Google Earth, Digital Globe

April, 2005
Google Earth, Digital Globe

August, 2005 Google Earth, GeoEye

August, 2005
Google Earth, GeoEye

September, 2005 Google Earth, GeoEye

September, 2005
Google Earth, GeoEye

2006 GeoEye

2006
GeoEye

July, 2006 Google Earth, Digital Globe

July, 2006
Google Earth, Digital Globe

March, 2008 USGS

March, 2008
USGS

May, 2008 Google Earth, GeoEye

May, 2008
Google Earth, GeoEye

May, 2009 Google Earth, USDA

May, 2009
Google Earth, USDA

November, 2009 GeoEye

November, 2009
GeoEye