One World Trade Center, New York City

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One World Trade Center (also known as One World Trade, One WTC, or Freedom Tower) is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. One WTC is the tallest building in the United States, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world. The supertall structure has the same name as the North Tower of the original World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The new skyscraper stands on the northwest corner of the 16-acre (6.5 ha) World Trade Center site, on the site of the original 6 World Trade Center. The building is bounded by West Street to the west, Vesey Street to the north, Fulton Street to the south, and Washington Street to the east.

The building's architect is David Childs, whose firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) also designed the Burj Khalifa and the Willis Tower. The construction of below-ground utility relocations, footings, and foundations for the new building began on April 27, 2006. One World Trade Center became the tallest structure in New York City on April 30, 2012, when it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building. The tower's steel structure was topped out on August 30, 2012. On May 10, 2013, the final component of the skyscraper's spire was installed, making the building, including its spire, reach a total height of 1,776 feet (541 m). Its height in feet is a deliberate reference to the year when the United States Declaration of Independence was signed. The building opened on November 3, 2014; the One World Observatory opened on May 29, 2015.
On March 26, 2009, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) confirmed that the building would be officially known by its legal name of "One World Trade Center", rather than its colloquial name of "Freedom Tower". The building has 94 stories, with the top floor numbered 104.

The new World Trade Center complex will eventually include five high-rise office buildings built along Greenwich Street, as well as the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, located just south of One World Trade Center where the original Twin Towers stood. The construction of the new building is part of an effort to memorialize and rebuild following the destruction of the original World Trade Center complex.
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  • We didn't pre-book but turned up on the day with only a 10 minute queue as the weather started bad but then cleared up. I personally don't like heights so didn't go close to the edge of the windows...  more »
  • WE SHALL NOT FORGET SEPTEMBER 11,2001 . . . . . #9112001 #newyorkcity #weshallneverforget #usa1 #redwhiteandblue #starsandstripes #weshallnotforget #georgebush #rudolphgiuliani #fdny #911 #twintowers....  more »
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  • This is a must see and never forget NYC experience. Make the time to include this in your schedule. The elevator ride to the top is super smooth and unbelievably quick. Once you arrive on top, there are two floors with fantastic 360° views of NYC & NJ from the all glass observatory. There are two choices for restaurants up top. One is fine dining and, although pricier than the hot dog and sandwich shop, it has great seating views and tasty food. Tip: They handle the crowds well to buy admission tickets, but if you can afford it, pay extra for a reserved time.
  • Amazing views and great presentation. However, with the ticket price, the placement of the restaurant and a strong sense of persuasion to get you to upgrade your ticket, it did feel like every attempt was made to squeeze its visitors wallets dry. It's business indeed, but does take away from the overall experience. Also the window facing Midtown Manhattan is always crowded, even 30 minutes before closing time.

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