Remember 9/11 with Google Earth, Part 2: The present

Yesterday we showed you some ways to view the World Trade Center as it existed prior to 9/11/01. Today we’ll take a look at where things currently stand.
One of the best ways to get a feel for the current state of the area is to simply visit it in Google Earth (here is a KML file to fly you to it). Be sure to have the [3D Buildings] layer turned on and you’ll see various buildings under construction, including cranes on top of them, and the 9/11 memorial nearly complete.


Last year, we showed you how to could view the completed 9/11 memorial in Google Earth, and it’s an amazing piece of work (both in real life and in Google Earth). You can view the memorial in Google Earth with this KMZ file, get more information about it in the Google 3D Warehouse, or watch the video below for a brief fly-through:

Be sure to check back tomorrow for part three of our series, where we take a look at the future of the WTC area.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Some interesting buildings around the world:,4841980,10275679,foto-duze.html
    Can anyone show exact position in kml files?
    I’m interested to see if there are a sketchup models of them.

  2. If you need a translation just use Google translator (the source language is polish).

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