When the World Trade Center was destroyed in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, New York City lost one of its most iconic tourist attractions and places for visitors from around the world to view the skyline, the Observation Deck.
But, after years of planning and construction, One World Trade Center has risen to be the city’s tallest building again, bringing with it plans for a state of the art observatory.
Behold the breathtaking view revealed today from the observation deck on the 100th floor of One World Trade Center in New York City. The 104-story building, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, will showcase the sweeping panoramas of Big Apple from its perch in Lower Manhattan.
Perched atop Manhattan’s tallest building, One World Observatory will open for business in 2015 and is expected to instantly become one of the tri-state’s major attractions for locals and tourists alike.
Developed by Legends, a sport and entertainment company owned and operated by the Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and Checketts Partners Investment Fund, the project hopes to make $875 million during its initial 15-year lease, writes the NY Post.
â€śIn one of the most important buildings in the world, weâ€™ll bring back the most important view in the world,â€ť said Legends CEO Dave Checketts.
“The top of this rising phoenix – a three-story observatory – will restore another aspect of the World Trade Center Towers – their phenomenal views.”
On the tour, visitors will start by listening to audio about the buildingâ€™s history in the lobby. Then elevators will transport visitors up to the 102nd floor â€” a whopping 1,250 feet above ground â€” in a mere 60 seconds.
They will watch a film about New York history, and at the end, the screen will rise, and they will be able to see the dramatic view.
In addition to the spaces where visitors can see the 360-degree panoramas of New York and New Jersey, the observation deck will include dining options, a souvernier shop, and an event space. Legends officials say they expect the average visit to the observatory to last more an hour.
â€śWe expect this to be the Yankee Stadium of observation decks,â€ť said Scott Rechler, vice chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, about the observatory which will span the 100th-102nd floors.
“Not only will the views be spectacular, but every guest will be educated, informed, and entertained from the time they arrive at our front door until they depart the building,” said Dave Checketts, chairman and CEO of Legends, the hospitality group developing and in charge of the observation deck.
Legends has agreed to pay $875 million over 15 years for its involvement in the project.
PA Executive Director Patrick Foye would not disclose the planned admission price but said it would be comparable with other major attractions.
“Just like the rejuvenation of lower Manhattan after 9/11, this building will rise and be a symbol to the world of New York Cityâ€™s might and capabilities,â€ť said PA chairman David Samson.
The space will be the newest and highest observation deck in New York and is scheduled to open in 2015, says ABC News.