How would you like to take a ride in an elevator that not only transports you up and down, but through time?
After years of waiting, the observation deck of the new One World Trade Center will finally open to the public in May. While the building itself opened for businesses in November, 2014, most New Yorkers and tourists alike have eagerly awaited their chance to go to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
Well we’ve just gotten our first peak at what the trip to the 102nd story will be like, and the result will simply leave you breathless.
The trip to the top is anything but your average, boring and slightly awkward elevator ride. Instead, special elevators have been equipped with what looks like a 3D, panoramic time-lapse of 515 years of Manhattan’s history, from its modest origins as a swampy island, to becoming the greatest city in the world.
Watch indigenous huts, then colonial steeples, then bridges and architectural behemoths claw ever higher as skyscrapers blossom at your feet. Witness first hand the rise – and fall – and subsequent rising again of a city steeped in rich and often forgotten history.
Even if you’re afraid of heights, this incredible journey in time, space, and altitude would make journeying to the One World Observatory worth it. The elevators travel at 2,000 feet per minute, reaching the top floor (at 1,268 feet) in less than 50 seconds. Tickets are on sale now.
From New York Today: Step inside the elevators at 1 World Trade Center and witness 515 years of history unfolding at the tip of Manhattan: http://nyti.ms/1Gb1lIA
Posted by The New York Times on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
We knew One World Trade center was awesome, but this is the coolest thing yet!