The One World Trade Center or the Freedom Tower as it was formerly known is among the tallest buildings along the Western Hemisphere. This is the main building located within the new WTC complex in Lower Manhattan, New York. The original World Trade Center had the twin towers, which was unfortunately destroyed on account of the deadly 9/11 terrorist attacks.
This is among one of the most memorable NYC sightseeing tours that you just can’t afford to miss at any cost. There are NYC tour guides available who can take you on a guided walking tour around this place to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and the Memorial Museum.
Get a great opportunity to hear real life stories and acts of heroism and bravery of New Yorkers connected to this tragic event in the American history. Catch the marvelous glimpse of the skyline of New York City through the Observation Deck which in itself is a spectacular engineering and architecture delight.
The twin towers of the original World Trade Centers were destroyed during the September 11, 2001 attacks by a group of terrorist hijackers. This massive WTC structure collapsed along with five other buildings in this process, which left over 3000 people dead along with 350 rescue workers who lost their lives in this horrific incident. The rubbles remained for months together where search operations were been carried out and this site came to known as “Ground Zero”
As a result, New Yorkers decided to rebuild the site which was destroyed and dedicated a memorial to the victims of the 9/11 incident. Thus the base of the original WTC tower was converted into the 9/11 Memorial and after several years, the construction of the new One World Trade Center was officially started after delays resulting due to bureaucratic decisions, amidst other controversies.
Redefining the Urban Landscape and Architecture
The new World Trade Center is a 104 story building standing tall at 1,776 ft and is one of the finest examples of excellence in architecture, innovation and technology-all combined together to define Lower Manhattan’s skyline.
It has been designed by the famous architect-David Childs (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) architecture firm) who has also designed world class structures such as the Burj Khalifa and Willis Tower. This project is part of a joint venture between The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Durst Company.
Main Highlights Of The New WTC Tower
- The One World Trade Center is known to be among the most renowned commercial business address in New York City and regarded for its highest safety and environmental standards.
- It comprises of over 3,000,000 square feet of office space that has attracted some of the world’s leading companies to start their operations from this prestigious address.
- The new climate controlled corridors connects this centre to the transportation hub along with the newly built PATH trains and 11 NYC Subway lines, Fulton Street Transit Center. This also provides connectivity with the ferry terminals, the World Financial Center with underground parking amenities.
Getting to this place
If you are planning to visit the World Trade Center along with the nearby attractions, then it may be a good idea to use any of the public transport available around New York City. The best way to get to the WTC is via the PATH train, if you are traveling from New Jersey that takes you to the WTC Tower.
There are also subway trains to the Fulton Street as well as buses that can take you to Thames Street and other locations to reach the WTC tower.
9/11 Ground Zero and Memorial Tours
NYC sightseeing tours cannot be complete, without visiting this memorable place which was worst affected during the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks. You will need a visitor’s pass, which is free but needs to be booked in advance to reserve your slot as there are only 1500 people who are allowed access at a time.
This historical walking tour of WTC starts from St Paul’s Chapel which magically survived the attacks, where tributes are still offered by the church to the victims who lost their lives in this tragic incident. Most of these tours are organized by people who are personally connected with this event and you can listen to their inspiring stories with brave deeds of heroism they displayed during the incident.
Visit the 9/11 Memorial where you can pay your respects to those who lost their lives in this unfortunate event in history. You can also see the man made waterfall inside the WTC memorial where 3,000 victims have been named, aside their family members and friends. From here, you can watch the new WTC tower right from the ground level rising up to the sky spread across 8 acres of lush greenery.
New York City Fire Museum
Take a tour of the New York City Fire Museum, where you can find the 911 exhibit which is permanent that has been placed in honor of the 343 New York Fire Department members, who lost their lives fighting during the tragic WTC attacks. You can also visit the New York City Police Museum that also has exhibits dedicated to the 9/11 incident.
Enjoy the panoramic view from the Observation decks
You need to get admission tickets to visit the One World Observatory and the New World Trade Center. The observation deck itself is one of the best examples of world class architecture and engineering which features a program called as “Voices” dedicated to both men and women from the New World Trade center. Take the Sky Pod elevator that can take you instantly to a height of 1,250 feet.
On the 102nd floor, you can find the observation deck along with the See Forever Theatre from where you can come down to the 100th floor to find the main observation deck. You can find interactive touch screen and LED displays to get all the possible information with plenty of leisure and dining facilities available here for the visitors.
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