RECTOR ST. BRIDGE
LOCATION / NEW YORK, NY
PHASE / COMPLETED 2002
SIZE / 230 LF SPAN

Commissioned by FEMA, the Rector Street Pedestrian Bridge was the first infrastructural element to be inserted into the vicinity of the former World Trade Center Site after the events of September 11, 2001. This temporary bridge reconnects the residents of Battery Park City and the various businesses of the World Financial Center to the rest of Lower Manhattan across West Street, a busy 6-lane highway. The bridge continues to serve as a vital link to downtown Manhattan well beyond its expected 2 years. SHoP is currently working on a proposal to replace the temporary footbridge with Rector Street Bridge #2, a design that is more permanent and can serve as an iconic way-finding device for pedestrians navigating Lower Manhattan.