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Watch a breathtaking time-lapse elevator ride from 1 World Trade Center



Image Source: Reuben Hernandez / The New York Times


ByChris Smithon Apr 20, 2015 at 3:36 PM


It’ll cost you $32 to visit the One World Observatory beginning in late May when it opens to the public atop the new 1 World Trade Center. And when you do, you’ll travel at around 23 miles per hour in the new elevators. But if you want to see what the trip will be like right now, there’s a magnificent 47-second time-lapse video of Manhattan’s history as seen from that vantage point, including the tragedy that took place on 9/11.


The images, showing a panorama of New York City beginning in the 1500s, will be projected on nine 75-inch high-definition monitors in each elevator car, The New York Times reports, placed behind window-like mullions that give you the impression you’re traveling to the 102nd floor in a glass elevator.


For less than four seconds, you’ll also see “an imposingly realistic vision of 2 World Trade Center,” which will then disappear from the skyline.


“The event is certainly a key part of history,” chairman and chief executive of Legends Hospitality David W. Checketts said, referring to the 9/11 attacks. “We did not think you could ignore it. Having it appear in the year it did and disappear in the year it did was the respectful way of addressing the fact that it was part of the landscape.”


The company was chosen in 2013 to operate the observatory.


A video showing the amazing time-lapse video, as it will be seen in the five elevators that climb all the way up to the observatory, follows below. More details about the panoramic images seen on the screens available at the source link.






Obviously not an amuseume park, but thrilling none the less. This looks cool!

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Interesting. My brother worked on furnishing some of the floors in the building so he has some amazing photos from the roof. He would go up to the roof ever now and then with of the security guards he became buddy's with. Now he works for con ed lol

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I love the whole concept. Imagine if GA added an Observation Tower/ Elevator in the park and doing the same thing showing off GA's time lapse and all the previous rides that aren't with us anymore.

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