Accession Number: C.2021.43.1
Dimensions: 10 in X 12 in X 6.5 in
Dimensions (Metric): 25.4 cm X 30.48 cm X 16.51 cm
Credit Line: Gift of the Barrett family
Traffic light. The body of the light is dark yellow with dark glass and "WORLD | TRADE | CENTER | PARKING | GARAGE" printed on the glass, indicating the traffic signal/warning. The light behind the glass appears dark yellow. There is a crack in the body near the light's upper right corner, and its backside is scuffed and scratched.
On February 26, 1993, terrorists drove a van loaded with explosives into the public parking garage beneath the World Trade Center. They escaped in a car before their homemade urea nitrate bomb exploded minutes later, at 12:18 p.m. Six adults were killed, including a pregnant woman. The terrorists’ mission to destroy the towers failed.
The garage was repaired but never reopened for public parking. It is assumed that this traffic light was situated at the top of the ramp on West Street, probably flashing, to warn drivers that the lane was only an entrance to subgrade parking garage at the World Trade Center.