Yesterday, we were lucky to be invited to a preview of the new observatory atop One World Trade Center, which opens to the public on Friday.
For a history buff, the best part is the elevator ride to the top (see video, below). In 47 seconds you are whisked from the bedrock level to the 102nd floor and during that time, state-of-the-art LED screens, which line three sides of each elevator, show the evolution of Lower Manhattan from the pre-contact era to the present day. As you’ll see in the video, it all goes by so quickly that you can’t take in a fraction of it in. We knew to look at the screen to the right (south) side of the elevator in order to see the old World Trade Center appear in the late 1960s and fade away in 2001.
Wending your way to the elevators, you pass video installations of construction workers talking about the building of the tower.
After being guided downstairs past the restaurant / bar / cafe, you reach the main observatory on the 100th floor. (By the way, the bar wasn't open yet, but looks great and might be worth the $32 admission price.)
The scenery is what you are here for, obviously:
|The Lower East Side's "Blue" apartment building stands out.|
|Looking up the West Side Highway and the Hudson River Greenway.|
|A great view of the Tweed Courthouse.|
|Santiago Calatrava's new PATH station (under construction) and the World Trade Center museum and memorial pool.|
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