Aerial view loking southeast of the new World Financial Center’s (Cesar Pelli, 1985-1988) skyscrapers in Battery Park City in the fall of 1987. Buildings at left are the 4 WFC (Merrill Lynch. 1986), 3 WFC (American Express. 1985). The glass arches of Winter Garden are visible at center. The new 2 WFC (Merrill Lynch, 1988) nearing completion are at right. The 110-story Twin Towers of World Trade Center (Minoru Yamasaki-Emery Roth & Sons, 1973-74. Destroyed 2001) are visible behind the new posmodernist complex.
Source: Michael George “New York Today” (New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1988)