The New World Trade Center Elevators Show The Evolution Of Manhattan From 1500 To Today

Apr 23, 2015 By Archit Tripathi
The observatory on the 102nd floor of the new One World Trade Center will be open to the public in late May this year. And when it opens, this is what visitors will see on the ride up.

The elevators, which travel at roughly 23 mph, contain nine 75-inch HD monitors. So the trip up to the 102nd floor gives visitors the illusion of riding in a glass elevator, offering sweeping panoramas of Manhattan and a historic timelapse of the island's skyline from 1500 to present day.

We start in a marsh, reminding us the current site was once underwater, before seeing familiar landmarks such as St. Paul's Cathedral, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building rise up around us. At 1,268 feet above ground, the One WTC observatory will be the third highest in the Americas.
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