By David Caplan
There has been much progress down at the World Trade Center site since #1 WTC officially opened in November, 2014. With a lightning fast 47 second ride to the top, climb aboard the express elevator and be whisked up to floors 100-102. Otherwise known as One World Observatory, take in the spectacular views of the entire New York City Area!
After visiting the observatory, walk over to 150 Greenwich Street and you will find the glass tower of #4 WTC, which opened in 2013. Designed by Fumihiko Maki, it features 1.8 million square feet of office space, 74 floors rising to 978 feet above sea level. Dining at the WTC will get exciting later in 2016 when Mario Batali opens his 2nd Eataly mega food emporium at #4 WTC. 41,000 square feet of Mangia!
Just north of #4 WTC, currently under construction and due to open in 2018, is #3 WTC. Designed by Richard Rogers, the 1,079 foot tower will feature 80 floors and 2.8 million square feet of office space. From street level, the public will enjoy 150,000 square feet of retail space and a cavernous main lobby with 64 foot ceilings.
The most exciting and newest addition at the World Trade Center is the Oculus! The Oculus is the unique steel structure that is perched atop the new WTC Transportation hub. Resembling a bird in flight the wings stretch 150 feet into the air. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Oculus features 225,000 square feet of retail space and connects 11 subway lines, PATH trains and Hudson River Ferries. 250,000 commuters will use the hub daily.
Hop on board an iconic New York Water Taxi to Battery Park and take the short walk uptown to the WTC site. I was there on day one. See it in person and decide for yourself what it means to you!
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Oculus below. Inside and out.