One World Observatory in Manhattan
One World Observatoryhttp://oneworldobservatory.com
285 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10006
Truly see forever on a clear day – or reach for the stars – at the One World Observatory, a beautiful and powerful celebration of downtown New York’s rebirth, history and spirit. Positioned on levels 100, 101 and 102 of the One World Trade Center building, now the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, the Observatory offers panoramic views of New York from above 1250 feet. But it’s not all about the breathtaking birdlike – spaceship? – views. The experience begins via one of five “Sky Pod” elevators that zooms up to the 102nd floor in fewer than 60 seconds! During the ride visitors are surrounded by a floor-to-ceiling multimedia time lapse that recreates the New York City skyline from the 1600s to the present. The Main Observatory space on the 100th floor features an interactive ring of HD video monitors to provide information and details about the landmarks and neighborhoods below. And if the high altitude makes you hungry, rounding out the experience at the top are 3 choices for dining – One Dine, One Cafe, and One Mix which amusingly features a plate for each borough: Pastrami reuben bites (Manhattan), Astoria shish kebabs (Queens), knish (Brooklyn), empanadas (The Bronx) and meatball sliders (Staten Island). – Tim Wright
NOTE: One World Observatory will offer complimentary admission to 9/11 family members and the rescue and recovery workers who responded on 9/11 and the months after.