How & When to visit the One World Trade Center Observatory
The ONE World Trade Center was inaugurated on May 29, 2015 and we of NewYork-Welcome went up to fill our eyes with the most beautiful views of the New York Bay and the city because it was like saying, "Here, we are too!" ... It couldn't have been any other way!
We are talking about the ONE Tower, the first of the towers to be built where before 9/11 2001 the famous, beautiful (and still very much missed) TwinTowers used to reach high in the sky. Walking around the plaza, you can marvel at the tower from below, the play of light and the reflections along its mirrored walls.
One World Trade Center also known as 1 World Trade Center, One WTC and 1 WTC and nicknamed "Freedom Tower" during the initial works, is the main building of the World Trade Center complex reconstructed in Lower Manhattan. It is the highest skyscraper in the western hemisphere, 1776-foot / 541 meters tall, and the sixth highest in the world. The super tall structure has the same name as the North Tower of the original World Trade Center, which was completely destroyed during the terrorist attacks in that September day - 9/11, 2001.
The new skyscraper is located at the northwest corner of the World Trade Center. The building is bordered by West Street to the west, Vessey Street to the north, Fulton Street to the south, and Washington Street to the east.
You may decide to go in the morning, try to do it on a nice sunny day to enjoy the views, or at sunset and wait Manhattan to light up right before your eyes.
Ticket Price for The ONE World
To visit the Observatory you have different types of tickets, let's see some of them together -- The Official Website ONE WTC Observatory
If you have decided to "climb" to the 102nd floor, immediately after the entrance hall, you will find a hallway with soft lights; images and movies are projected on the walls -- stories of women and men and their experiences in 13 years of construction work of the Freedom Tower, now called the One World.
You get to the elevator, it's super fast and exciting, it takes less than 60 seconds to get to the top. Here's the video we did during our visit, the emotion is so much and the final "surprise" will leave you speechless.
On the 102nd floor, you will immediately find the Observatory from where to admire all Manhattan with Brooklyn, Queens, the Bay and New Jersey.
On the 100th floor, you will find two incredible installations: City Pulse, a ring of 10 LCD screens that provides real-time information about the city, and the Sky Portal, a 4-meter glass floor that lets you see the streets below of you.
Photo - The City Pulse
Photos - The Sky Portal @ One Tower
World Trade Center Transportation Hub: The Oculus
The World Trade Center Transportation Hub, known as Oculus, is the new PATH station of the New York and New York Port Authority. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, it is made up of a railway station with a large open loop under the National September 11 Memorial Plaza.
It has become one of the latest must-visit attractions to visit in New York! But the Oculus is not just the PATH station, it has become one of the premier Shopping Malls in Manhattan where you can enjoy some shopping ... real or virtual!
Where is it & How to get there
The entrance is on West Street while the One World Ticket Office is located at 285 on Fulton Street. The nearest subway stop for red line no. 1 is Cortland Street; for the express line 2 and 3 is Park Place; or you have the E line to the World Trade Center HUB.
There are two other important observatories in New York -- The Empire State Building and the Top of the Rock. As always, we recommend purchasing a PASS that allows you to visit the observatories and other major attractions and museums of your choice. Or you can visit the The ONE Observatory during a City Tour.