010 Stunning One World Trade NYC Skyline
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A SWEEPING 360 PANORAMA PHOTO from Lower Manhattan downtown from the very southern tip of Manhattan, South Street Seaport, New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, all the way north to the Chrysler and the Empire State Building. Highlighting a stunning One World Trade Center gleaming in the sunlight, with the Statue of Liberty head held high in front.
A SWIRLING GORGEOUS 360 PANORAMA of the west side skyline of New York City. The best of NYC skyscrapers, notable buildings, and famous tourist attraction landmarks too many to mention, so many of New York City’s favorites. To include the most loved tourist attractions of the Empire State Building, Chrysler, One World Trade and the Statue of Liberty in the New York Harbor.
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OTHER BUILDINGS OF NOTE are the tall skyscrapers of New York City’s lower Manhattan Wall Street Financial District like 40 Wall, 70 Pine, Chase Manhattan & Goldman Sachs.
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For years after the 9/11 attacks, nearly all the activity at Ground Zero was downward—digging through the piles of debris, excavating a vast pit to restore the ruined transit lines, preparing the foundations for the new buildings that would emerge there. Even the memorial that opened in 2011 was an exercise in the poetics of descent—two vast cubic voids, each with water cascading down all four sides, carrying grief to some underground resting place.
The memorial has turned out to be a lovely thing, but what the site still needed was something that climbed, something that spoke to the idea that emotional burdens might not only be lowered into the ground but also released into the air. Now we have it: One World Trade Center, the glass-and-steel exclamation point, all 1,776 feet of it, is nearing completion close to where the Twin Towers once stood. No doubt the new building’s official dedication will open the way to a necessary debate over its merits as architecture and urbanism, its turbulent design history and the compromises made over the long years it took to get the thing built. But in one important respect, One World Trade Center has already succeeded. It has reclaimed the sky. And this is the view from there.
With entrances on all 4 sides of the building, One WTC has been designed to smoothly integrate traffic of visitors & office tenants. The cubic base has a footprint identical to the original Twin Towers. The surface of the base is clad in more than 2,000 pieces of shimmering prismatic glass. The tower ascends 69 stories — its edges chamfered back to form 8 isosceles triangles, a perfect octagon at center. It culminates in a square, glass parapet at the crown, its crystalline form creating a vibrant effect, as light refracts like a kaleidoscope, changing throughout the day. The “One World Observatory” — opening 2015 — is an enclosed observation deck rising 1,250 ft. above street level. The crown of One WTC is a 408-foot spire — consisting of a mast and a communication platform ring. At night, a beacon at the top sends out a horizontal light beam, which can be seen from miles away.
ABOUT THE ARCHITECT
David Childs is consulting design partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill/New York. He also designed 7 WTC, which opened in May 2006. Childs is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale School of Art and Architecture, and joined SOM in 1971. Child’s diverse range of completed projects includes Worldwide Plaza on Eighth Avenue; the New York Mercantile Exchange; the JFK International Arrivals Building; the Bear Stearns Headquarters; the Stuyvesant School Bridge in Tribeca; and the renovation and preservation of Lever House.
One World Trade Center (also known as 1 World Trade Center, 1 WTC or Freedom Tower) is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world. The supertall structure has the same name as the North Tower of the original World Trade Center, which was completely destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The new skyscraper stands on the northwest corner of the 16-acre (6.5 ha) World Trade Center site, on the site of the original 6 World Trade Center. The building is bounded by West Street to the west, Vesey Street to the north, Fulton Street to the south, and Washington Street to the east.
The building's architect was David Childs, whose firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) also designed the Burj Khalifa and the Willis Tower. The construction of below-ground utility relocations, footings, and foundations for the new building began on April 27, 2006. One World Trade Center became the tallest structure in New York City on April 30, 2012, when it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building. The tower's steel structure was topped out on August 30, 2012. On May 10, 2013, the final component of the skyscraper's spire was installed, making the building, including its spire, reach a total height of 1,776 feet (541 m). Its height in feet is a deliberate reference to the year when the United States Declaration of Independence was signed. The building opened on November 3, 2014.
On March 30, 2009, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) confirmed that the building would be officially known by its legal name of "One World Trade Center", rather than its colloquial name of "Freedom Tower". The building is 104 standard floors high, but the tower has only 94 actual stories.
The new World Trade Center complex will eventually include five high-rise office buildings built along Greenwich Street, as well as the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, located just south of One World Trade Center where the original Twin Towers stood. The construction of the new building is part of an effort to memorialize and rebuild following the destruction of the original World Trade Center complex.
National September 11 Memorial
The 9/11 Memorial honors the thousands of people killed in the attacks on September 11, 2001 and those who died in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.
What to Do
Visit the twin reflecting pools sitting in the footprints of the Twin Towers that are each nearly an acre in size. Take time to wander around the 110,000-square feet of exhibition space in the museum. Some large artifacts include the "Survivor's Stairs" and help tell the story of what happened on that day.
What to See
Surrounding the pools are the names of every person who died in the attacks inscribed in bronze. You'll also see the "Survivor Tree," a callery pear tree that was severely damaged at Ground Zero but was rehabilitated and now stands as a symbol of resilience, survival and rebirth. Seeing this memorial for yourself can have a profound effect on your visit to New York.
“New York is my city, This is my story.
For those of us who call New York our home...
...9/11 and its aftermath left an indelible impact on our lives. Today we’ve grown stronger together with the city that we are proud to call our home.
OUR CITY. OUR STORY. is a collection of stories of resilience and hope surrounding 9/11, as told today by New Yorkers. These stories are relevant to everyone – no matter where you are from or where you live”
The World Trade Center's twin 110-storey towers once dominated the Manhattan skyline, but were destroyed by suicide-piloted jetliners on September 11, 2001, with tragic loss of life. Where the two towers of the World Trade Center once stood now stand two square reflecting ponds, each one acre in size. Known now as the National September 11 Memorial, the area is a tribute to the almost 3,000 people killed as a result of attacks on September 11, 2001 and also the six people killed in the earlier World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.
Surrounded by trees and grass, the ponds are recessed, with water cascading over the sides of the pools. These are now the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. Around the pools are bronze panels with the names of the all those who were killed in the attacks.
One World Observatory
One World Observatory opens its doors to the world. The beautiful One World Trade Center has helped reclaim the skyline of New York City and now, for years to come, millions of visitors will be a part of seeing the unmatched vistas that it offers.
In the weeks, months, and years that followed September 11, 2001, we’ve watched as dedicated individuals like the heroic rescue and recovery workers in the aftermath, followed by so many from the construction and engineering trades, as well as those from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, came together to make this place whole once again.
Last May, the 9/11 Memorial Museum opened, and for the first time, as staff and visitors descended the grand staircase into the Museum, they looked up and were greeted with an incredible parallel of the twin tridents from the North Tower juxtaposed against the beautiful new tower—a view that is both a reflection of memory and resiliency, as well as rebirth.
On behalf of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, I want to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Legends’ CEO David Checketts for his vision and the tremendous team at One World Observatory. The rebuilding at the World Trade Center continues to drive a powerful and ongoing revitalization of downtown. We are so happy to welcome One World Observatory to the area.