Hours after the twin towers vanished from New York City's skyline on Sept. 11, 2001, nearby Fiterman Hall at Borough of Manhattan Community College remained standing.
But covered in debris and a heaping pile of mangled steel — with its windows blown out — the building was damaged beyond repair.
Nearly 11 years later, a newly reconstructed $325 million Fiterman Hall is set to open Monday. BMCC students, many of whom were forced to attend class in trailers along the West Side Highway since 9/11, will return to Fiterman for the first time since much of lower Manhattan was devastated.
"It was a very demoralized area here around the World Trade Center," said G. Scott Anderson, BMCC's vice president of administration and planning. "But this resurrection of Fiterman signifies that there is a rebirth, a renewal down here."