On top of the world

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the One World trade Center building

the One World trade Center building

On the 29th of May a new attraction opened in New York. Called One World Observatory it sits on the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors of the One World Trade Center building.

The observatory, and indeed the building, is quite poignant because of the location. It sits on the old World Trade Center site that was removed from the landscape on 9/11 and which resulted in over 3,000 deaths. At the base of the new building is the museum and the 9/11 memorials and the observatory has links to that.

The whole building is a finger-in-the-air response to terrorists telling them that New York will not be cowed. The Observatory has, as part of it, the story of the men who built the One World Trade Center and what it meant to them. Some were connected either themselves or with their family ties to the old buildings. Some just explain why they were moved by being involved with this building.

As you can imagine, from the top you get the best view of New York, better than that from the Empire State Building. The difference here is that you get a panorama from the south of Manhattan Island looking not only north but south over the harbour area and Staten island. The owners claim that you can see up to 50 miles away.

If you have been up the Empire State Building then you will know itv takes a few minutes in the lifts. Here it takes just 47 seconds but the trip in the lifts/elevators/pods is part of the attraction in itself. As you ascend, there is a time-lapse almost video presentation of how New York has changed over the last 500 years. It’s quite impressive. Again, quoting the owners, during that presentation there are 35,000 objects and nearly 2,000 images for you to take in during that 47 seconds!

The attraction isn’t cheap at $32 for adults and $26 for children over 5. But s hard to see why the One World Observatory won’t become one of the must-see highlights of any trip to New York.

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