Do you know that on your next trip to New York you can go to the new One World Observatory? The One World Observatory is located on the 100th floor of One World Trade Center, the tallest skyscraper in the United States. It is the eighth tallest skyscraper in the world, with its 531 meters high.
Its height makes it possible to see it from almost anywhere in New York, and, in fact, it is already difficult to imagine the skyline of the city without it. In contrast, the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller looks like miniatures!
- The One World Trade Center is in the World Trade Center area, right next to where the Twin Towers once stood.
- It measures 541 meters, or 1776 feet, a symbolic height that coincides with the year in which the declaration of independence of the United States was signed. It is the tallest building in New York and the country.
- The roof is located at 417 meters, just the same height as one of the missing Twin Towers.
- The skyscraper was inaugurated as an office building on November 3, 2014.
- The observatory, the One World Observatory, opened on May 29, 2015.
- This one already became one of the most important attractions in New York and the world.
What to see during the visit
The experience of One World – See Forever – is more than the viewpoint, all the traffic to the 102nd floor is an immersion in the history and the process of its construction, which begins at the Global Welcome Center, after passing the Security control.
To pass the safety check quickly, I recommend not carrying food or liquids. If you’re shopping – Century XXI is very close – they will let you pass with small bags, although it is best not to take them to make your visit more comfortable.
After the welcome center, you will go directly to a hallway with very high definition screens where different people who participated in the construction process of the building tell their stories.
Foundations of the One World Trade Center
As you pass the monitors, you will see the foundations of the building – built on the bed of granite rock in Manhattan – up close, to demonstrate the solidity of the construction. Some consider it to be a Disneyland scenery, to us, it seems a very North American and didactic way to make clear how New York resists and reinvents itself. They can show off everything they want because they deserve it.
When leaving the walk through the foundations, get ready to be surprised with the Sky Pod lifts: in less than 1 minute you will be on the 102nd floor. Not only the rapidity impresses, but the projection in the 4 walls of the elevator of the evolution of the south of Manhattan from the 16th century to the present day, in 47 seconds a small village becomes the city of the skyscrapers before our eyes.
Watch this video as an appetizer of this immersive experience in high definition (if you are one of those who gets dizzy, close your eyes when you go up)
See Forever Theater
When leaving the elevator, patience, there is still one step left: it is the turn of the See Forever Theater. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, a corridor is converted into the screening room of a short video about the city. Its grace is that it was edited at the pace and speed of the average pace of New Yorkers. What happens next I do not want to overtake them … Just prepare – again – to be surprised.
They are almost in the viewpoint before they offer to rent some tablets with an app that will allow them to recognize the buildings and essential landmarks during their observation, later they will try to take pictures that they can buy at the exit, just like the theme parks. As they are already warned, be smart and advance to go down the stairs and conquer your space in front of one of the windows of the 100th floor where the main viewpoint is.
While they are traveling on the 102nd floor and if they are fast, they can take good pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge (they will be forced to move quickly, we do not understand why they did not take advantage of this floor as a viewpoint). If you want to have a coffee or eat something light, you can do it in the cafeteria on the 101st floor (One Cafe). Entering the restaurant will be much more difficult and expensive (they say that every night of the One Dine is reserved within a year!)
Finally, they will have reached the observatory of the 100th floor. If you have a day with many visitors, you will have to fight for a place in front of the narrow windows.
The recommendation is that they come up with time and wait for people to start going down, nobody will force them to do it, so take a tour of the City Pulse and the Sky Portal until the pressure drops a little. Just before the rise next group (every 15 minutes there are people going up).
The viewpoint has 360º views of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey. In the distance, in the distance you will see the Empire State, remember that you will be at the southern tip of the island, so you cannot see much of Midtown or less of Uptown (to see them visit the Empire State Observatory or the Top of the Rock of the Rockefeller Center).
Views of the Memorial
You cannot leave without looking for the sources of the 9/11 Memorial, those that were built where the Twin Towers were. From above you can better understand the proportion of this tragedy.
Next, to them, you will see the 11S Museum and the Oculus de Calatrava, the new World Trade Center Hub, another work of the WTC reconstruction project.
When you want to leave – remember you can stay until closing time if you like – you will go back down in the Sky Pod lift with another goodbye video on their LED screens. Now it is not so surprising, the reality of a New York seen from the sky has no virtual comparison.
But that’s not the end of it, and when you leave the building, you will reach one of the underground corridors that will connect the entire World Trade Center (designed by architect Santiago Calatrava). The fade to white will serenará after having ascended to the top of New York, and find I’m king of the hill, top of the heap.
Adults – $36
Over 65 years – $34
5 to 12 years – $30
Children under 6 years old are free (accompanied by an adult). The fees are included in the price.
9:00 am until 8:00 pm (the last ticket is sold at 7:15 pm)
Open every day of the week.
One World Trade Center
285 Fulton Street
How to get there?
The entrance to the One World Observatory is located in the northwest corner of the WTC site, between West Street and Vesey Street.
Note: All parts of the observatory are accessible by wheelchair.
And you, have you already gone up to One World Observatory? What is for you the best viewpoint in New York?