Beneath NYC’s ground zero, a museum takes shape

Anthoula Katsimatides, right, a member of the 911 Memorial board, views the wreckage of FDNY Engine 21 recovered from the World Trade Center (WTC) site and installed at the 911 Memorial Museum on Thursday, June 27, 2013 in New York. Her brother John Katsimatides was killed when planes struck the WTC towers September 11, 2001, where he worked as a trader for Cantor Fitzgerald. Engine Company 21was dispatched to the World Trade Center after hijacked Flight 175 struck the South Tower. It was parked beneath an elevated walkway when the towers fell. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP) — Dust blankets everything in the halls of the unfinished National September 11 Memorial & Museum. But while the powder may look like the ash that covered Manhattan after the terror attacks, this time it is a product of rebirth, not destruction.

After a yearlong construction shutdown due to a funding dispute, and additional months of cleanup following Superstorm Sandy, work has been racing ahead at the museum beneath the World Trade Center memorial plaza.

About 130 workers are at the site each day. Officials say the project is on track to open to the public in the spring of 2014.

Some of the museum’s most emotion-inspiring artifacts are already in place, including a mangled fire truck and the pieces of intersecting steel known as the Ground Zero Cross.

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