A preview of One World Trade Centre Observatory was offered on Tuesday (April 2nd). The Observatory will be built on the 100, 101 and 102 floors of One World Trade Centre. Construction will begin in 2014. It is scheduled to open to its first visitors in 2015.
During the media preview, sweeping views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey could be seen from the 100th floor.
So far, the observatory is just a shell of concrete, steel and glass. But according to Bill Baroni, the Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, when completed, the spectacular views will cement the status of One World Trade Centre as a world class destination.
"This site, this place is for everybody. And whether you are coming here by train to go to work, or your coming here to the Memorial Museum, or now you are coming to stand in the place with the greatest view anywhere in the world. This place is back," he proclaimed.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey owns and manages the 16 acre World Trade Centre site.
"One World Trade Centre, which was originally intended to be a symbol of our resilience, our strength, our rebuilding is now the defining image of Lower Manhattan. Eyes from across the world can see this building. And now today, eyes from across the world will be able to see from this building. As you look around, you will agree, there is no view that can match what this observation deck will offer," said David Samson, Chairman of the Port Authority Of New York And New Jersey.
When completed, One World Trade Centre will stand 1776 feet (541 meters) tall, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
The Observatory will be 1250 feet (381 meters) off the ground. And when it opens, "Skypod" elevators will whisk guests to the 100th floor in just 60 seconds. In addition to the views, the three floor attraction will offer visitors restaurants and a gift shop.
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