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Is the One World Observatory about to offer the best view in the Western Hemisphere?

View from the top: New York's One World Observatory will offer visitors a view of New York City from over 381 m (1,250 ft) high (Photo: Evan Joseph Images)
View from the top: New York's One World Observatory will offer visitors a view of New York City from over 381 m (1,250 ft) high (Photo: Evan Joseph Images)
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There's a little more to the One World Observatory than just a window at the top – as one would hope for $32 a ticket
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There's a little more to the One World Observatory than just a window at the top – as one would hope for $32 a ticket
The observatory comprises three floors
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The observatory comprises three floors
The Main Observatory is situated on the 100th floor, some 381 m (1,250 ft) high, and will boast an interactive skyline view, dubbed City Pulse (Photo: Evan Joseph Images)
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The Main Observatory is situated on the 100th floor, some 381 m (1,250 ft) high, and will boast an interactive skyline view, dubbed City Pulse (Photo: Evan Joseph Images)
View from the top: New York's One World Observatory will offer visitors a view of New York City from over 381 m (1,250 ft) high (Photo: Evan Joseph Images)
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View from the top: New York's One World Observatory will offer visitors a view of New York City from over 381 m (1,250 ft) high (Photo: Evan Joseph Images)
There's a little more to the One World Observatory than just a window at the top – as one would hope for $32 a ticket
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There's a little more to the One World Observatory than just a window at the top – as one would hope for $32 a ticket

Positioned toward the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, New York's One World Observatory should offer visitors an amazing view of New York City and the surrounding area. It's set to open to the general public on May 29 and will cost adults US$32 per ticket.

There's a little more to the One World Observatory than just a big window at the top of the One World Trade Center – as you'd hope for $32 a ticket – and it comprises a total of three floors. Visitors will start at the Global Welcome Center featuring a world map and then view some presentations that tell the story behind the tower and those who built it.

There's a little more to the One World Observatory than just a window at the top – as one would hope for $32 a ticket
There's a little more to the One World Observatory than just a window at the top – as one would hope for $32 a ticket

Visitors will then take a sub 60-second ride in the so-called "Sky Pods" elevators to the 102nd floor, where they will find the See Forever Theater. The Sky Pods feature floor-to-ceiling LEDs that recreate New York City’s skyline from the 17th Century to the present in a time-lapse, while the theater shows yet another presentation. The 101st floor is wholly given over to restaurants, and features a total of three dining areas.

The Main Observatory is situated on the 100th floor, over 381 m (1,250 ft) above street level, and boasts an interactive skyline view, dubbed City Pulse. Staff will be stationed under a ring of HD monitors and outfitted with gesture recognition gear to provide guests with close-up views of the skyline and recommendations of what to cast their gaze upon.

The Main Observatory also includes something called the Sky Portal, which is a 4.2 m (14 ft)-wide circular disc that visitors step onto and watch real-time, high-definition footage of the streets below.

The video below offers a virtual tour around the One World Observatory.

Source: One World Observatory

6 comments
Captain Obvious
Not $32 worth of view.
lwesson
We were recently nearby in NJ. $64 for two people? Really? My Wife worked in World Trade Center 2 near the top floor. Kind of sentimental for her but not $64 dollars worth. No use of Metric Anything, 1776 feet to the top spire, yet we suffer these odd conversions of 4.2 meters etc... next I guess we will have to speak French...? Even the International Movie Data Base relented to the height of people being in feet & inches, with pounds. We never measured people in Yards. Funny. Her Dad, an architect, worked in WTC One. I have many of his technical books and no metric doodles by the way. We will visit the Memorial someday if my Wife can endure such.
Mark Fagerburg
Thanks but no thanks. I'll stick to the tallest observation deck in the United States- at 1,353 feet more that a 100 feet higher than the One World tower deck. And despite what the official height mumbo jumbo says- the Willis tower is still taller than One World tower. Yes, I am from Chicago. ;-)
Steven Cohen
Is it all indoors? The old WTC observatory had an outdoor area--you go out on a deck with no glass between you and the view, right on the top of the tower. This is a waste if you can't go outside.
Anne Ominous
So the Twin Targets have now been replaced by the Target Tower. And $32 to see... New York? Really? I'll pass, thanks very much. It's cheaper to see Seattle from the old Space Needle, the view is lots better, and if you want to match that money you get a meal and a drink too.
Noel K Frothingham
Life overflows with opportunities. Don't like? Don't go. It wasn't built for you anyhow.
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