Official 20 Year Time-Lapse - Rebuilding the World Trade Center

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  • ℹ️ Published 3 months ago

This unique film documents two decades of the rescue, recovery and rebuilding at the World Trade Center site in New York City. It is the longest running time-lapse project in the company’s history, including never-before-seen EarthCam footage spanning 20 years.

EarthCam has been on site since 2001 when EarthCam CEO & Founder, Brian Cury, installed a webcam just days after the attacks to webcast the rescue mission to the families of the missing. As rescue became recovery and eventually rebuilding, EarthCam set to work to develop new robotic DSLR camera technology necessary to document this revered 16 acre site in the highest resolution possible.

Every few minutes for 20 years, panoramic images captured the transformation of downtown Manhattan from over 100 viewing angles, totaling 13.3 million individual photos.

“We appreciate EarthCam’s unprecedented contribution of 20 years of historic images, which have meticulously recorded the rebuilding that transformed this sacred space,” said 9/11 Memorial President and CEO Alice M. Greenwald, “This creative time-lapse both honors the legacy of those who were killed and embodies hope for the future, as we see these remarkable new structures that surround the Memorial as evidence of lower Manhattan’s resilience and renewal.”

All two decades of content, in addition to the original EarthCam camera have been donated to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

“This is an emotional milestone for EarthCam, as the history of the company has been so intertwined with this site.” said Brian Cury, CEO and Founder of EarthCam, “We’re grateful to many partners, friends, and to the extraordinary team at EarthCam whose dedication and passion supported this effort over the past 20 years, so that we may share this historic archive and honor the lives lost due to the September 11th attacks.”

Produced & Directed by Brian Cury

Archival Producers: Lana Moskalyova & Juan Navas

Webcam Technology: Bill Sharp, Colin Sheehan, Dylan Stark, Michael Winfield

Editors: Travis Cooper & Brian Cury

Special Thanks:
Riese Restaurants, Millenium Hilton New York Downtown, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, Empire State Realty Trust, Hyatt Regency Jersey City On The Hudson, The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., National Park Service, Kaitlyn Leubling, Daniel Ortiz, Madison Housel, Joseph Alon, Kyle Storm, Taylor Smith, Joseph Nizza, Amanda Valentin, Charles Dilkes, Elisabeth Van Rensalier, Lisa Kelly, Jason Brossa, Todd Maloof

💬 Comments

My respects to the editors of this video. They managed to form 20 years in a few frames.

Author — Top Reggaeton Urbano


I remember seeing it happen in shop class and asking if it was a movie, it couldn't be real I thought.

Author — ProtoMario


I personally love the memorial. The two massive holes and the two beams of light scraping the night sky always gives me chills.

Author — thenumber


Props to the guy holding the camera for 11 years

Author — Archie Faville


This must be such a logistical nightmare to get done.
Truly a marvel of engineering in my opinion.

Author — a Milling


I still remembered when I was young seeing the new tower being almost built. its been 20 years omg

Author — PhantomZettonX18


Seeing the tree colors change really shows how long the process took, awesome look back 20 years.

Author — Financial Shinanigan


Can we all just appreciate the fact that this video is 20 years in the making?

Author — Mohawks and Tomahawks


So many things happened during those 20 years. It's almost feel like another world and in a lot of way it was. And during all this, this project was on-going ... That really tells something about human's resilience.

Author — Tezorus


I was a kid in high school living in Morocco when the events of 9/11 unfolded. I was too young to understand the scale of the tragedy. Now I'm 38 years old and I have two kids and every year in September I watch all documentaries on YouTube about the stories of normal people who made it out and those who couldn't and as a father I always burst in tears imagining myself in the place of one of those fathers and mothers going to a normal work day and never having the chance again to see their children. Painful really painful but I came to realize that love always prevails and life continues. Respect to the fellow Americans who could overcome the tragedy and build such a magnificent landmark along with a magestic memorial to the lost souls

Author — You Fe


This video is stunning. I like the new OWTC and its design, but nothing comes close to the old WTC. RIP to all who lost their lives on that terrible day. RIP to all who lost their lives on that terrible day. You will never be forgotten <3

Author — DerBierBauchBen


I remember it. I was too young to understand what it meant. Rest in peace to all the lives lost, including two from my own family! <3

Author — liv :]


This was an incredibly amazing video. Hard to watch still to this day, and I'm probably 2, 000 miles away from NYC. My husband was a 25 year volunteer firefighter. He was home on vacation when 9/11 took place. I'd gotten our son dropped off at school after an appt. where we saw the plane hit tower 2. As soon as I got home, I called him from our roof where he was working and told him that I needed him to come down right away. Normally he would have asked why but he didn't. He came down, and followed me to the living room where hell was raining down as one and then two towers came to the ground. He kept working on getting old roof off but came in often to see what was happening. We held each other and cried. Never did I think I would see something this horrific in my lifetime. I'm so scared for my grandkids and their futures.

Author — Survivrs


Mad respect to all the construction workers, the city planners, and the editors. These people all worked really hard to rebuild this place and commemorate all the people who lost their lives on that unforgettable day!

Author — Rafi Navid


Prayers to everyone affected by this day. My deepest condolence to their families. Rest in peace all the souls That we're lost that day.
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Author — Sebastian Bartolo


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Author — Marion ⭐


That memorial is chilling. Been there before and just watching this video seeing that, it makes me emotional.

Author — irl87


With all my heart, loads of respect for such a beautiful timelapse. Can just watch and admire the hardwork & dedication put behind building the whole area back to something so beautiful. USA has the courage to comeback so strong. My love for the lost ones, salute to all the rescuers, bow to builders and thanks for such a beautiful video. Recovery might be slow but its worth a journey cause that gives us strength to move on and also to think upon what could have been done better.
Thanks again for summing up 20 years in 6 minutes. It will heal many who are still in pain and need help to comeout strong.
Hail humanity

Author — Shashank Nirmal


Being in NYC at the time of these horrific events, this will always be a day embedded in my brain. I was in HS at the time and can literally see the smoke literally in Brooklyn on the top floor of my school.

Author — Tony A.


It's still something I can't fathom to have happened, I visited NY in 2018 and was blown away but what they have kept underground at the museum, I can't wait to get back and see more of that beautiful city!!

Author — Jarrod Kent