A Thrilling Visit to the New One World Observatory at the Top of the World Trade Center

World Trade Center One on August 29, 2015, looking west from Vesey Street.

World Trade Center One on August 29, 2015, looking west on Vesey Street.

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, I had the great pleasure of visiting the new One World Observatory at the top of the World Trade Center. The 360-degree view from the 101st, 102nd and 103rd floors was absolutely spectacular.

A 48-second elevator ride took visitors all of the way up to 103rd floor. On the four walls of the elevator was an immersive animation of New York rapidly rising and growing over its 500 year history. Once we arrived and left the elevator we were then guided forward and shown an extraordinary video for several minutes about the construction of the new One World Trade Center. The large screen went up and there was a breathtaking panoramic view of New York. The Observatory was then open for visitors to walk around, marvel at, and photograph the view. Fortunately, it was a clear and brilliantly sunny day.

I love New York, my hometown and residence for my entire life, more than I really know how to put into words. Seeing all of it in its full glory from so high up was nearly overwhelming.

If you live in the New York Metro area or you are ever here for a visit, I cannot recommend this experience highly enough. You will remember it for a long time.

I took all of the pictures in this post. I have arranged the views below moving from south to east to north to west. I hope they provide you with some sense of the beauty and scope of this great city.

 

Looking south, the Statue of Liberty is in the middle of New York Harbor.

 

Boats traveling south, passing by Governor's Island in New York Harbor. The Yellow boat in the middle is the Staten Island Ferry.

Boats traveling south, passing by Governor’s Island in New York Harbor. The yellow boat in the middle is the Staten Island Ferry.

 

The southern end of Manhattan in the Wall street area. The green area in the middle is Battery Park.

The southern end of Manhattan in the Wall Street area. The greenery in the middle right before the water is Battery Park.

 

Looking east, this is the historic Brooklyn Bridge connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Looking east, this is the historic Brooklyn Bridge connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

 

Looking northeast, top to bottom is Queens, the East River, and the Lower West Side of Manhattan.

Looking northeast, top to bottom is Queens, the East River, and the lower eastern side of Manhattan.

 

Looking North, a very long view of Manhattan. The Empire State Building is in the middle left of this picture.

Looking North, a very long view of Manhattan. The Empire State Building is in the middle left.

 

Still looking north in Manhattan from a different view more towards the west.

Still looking north in Manhattan from a different view more towards the western side of the island.

 

Looking west, a series of boats sailing north on the Hudson River.

Looking northwest, a series of boats sailing north on the Hudson River. Jersey City is to the left.

 

Looking northwest, a wider perspective of the Hudson River.

Looking northwest, a longer perspective of the Hudson River.

 

 

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