The “Survivors’ Staircase”, the only remaining above-ground portion of the Twin Towers, might be demolished to make way for a new office tower. This Vesey Street staircase was the path to survival for many fleeing the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
“…. Because it offered a path to safety that allowed many people to escape the blazing [tag]World Trade Center[/tag] on Sept. 11, 2001, this haunting remnant is often called the Survivors’ Staircase. Although it is the only remaining above-ground fragment of the vanished Twin Towers, the staircase is threatened with demolition for construction of a new office tower on the WTC site. “
The National Trust for Historic Preservation calls the staircase one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.