WTC's Cloud-High Observation Deck Is Coming Back

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

(Jim O'Grady/WNYC)

New York's window on the world is on its way to reopening. The Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey allowed reporters to take three elevators to the 100th floor of One World Trade Center and get a preview of the building's observation deck.

The 100th floor is far from finished: there's lots of exposed steel and raw concrete. But the panorama beyond the windows, with its view of the harbor and the Hudson and the rim of the horizon, is in place. Executive director Bill Baroni said that was one of the best features of the old Twin Towers. 

"The place with the greatest view anywhere in the world, this place is back," he said.

Not yet. The observation deck is scheduled to open in early 2015. A company owned by the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys is paying $ 875 million dollars to run it for fifteen years. A spokesman says it will cost visitors about the same as it does in other observation decks in New York. A ticket to the top of the Empire State Building costs from $25 to $65.

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Looking west over the Hudson at New Jersey.
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Workers take in press conference on the 100th floor.
Empire State Building (right) has the back of NY-NJ Port Authority chairman John Samson.
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Port Authority Chairman David Samson in April 2013
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NY-NJ Port Authority executive director Pay Foye.
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Nice view of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, but that window will have to be cleaned.
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Product placement on the 90th floor.
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The view is in place but the interior needs finishing work.
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Back on the ground, work proceeds at the World Trade Center site.
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Looking up at One World Trade Center, now the tallest building on the continent.
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Looking up at One World Trade Center - view 2.
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Comments [2]

Joe Mojhen from New York

To be clear, "Windows on the World" is not coming back. The restaurant that was on the 107th floor, is not being rebuilt, so they could squeeze in more fat cat office space. Neither is the Windows of the World Wine School, nor the Greatest Bar in the World, nor the ballroom dancing, nor any of the social hotspots that made the WTC a great place to entertain your friends and customers, and for a New Yorker to enjoy a night out. The things that made the WTC a place to go on weekends, all that was left out, despite the spending of over $10 billion ,largely at tax payer expense. The observation deck is for out of town tourists, but the great things about the old world trade center are gone forever, in favor of some fat cat from Conde Nast getting a better view at his office. It would have been better had the towers not been rebuilt, and I will never rent office space there.

Nov. 13 2013 07:40 PM
Cathy from Hoboken, NJ

I do not personally know anyone who dies on 9/11 but when I look down from that observation deck I know that all I will be able to imagine is the people who had to jump on 9/11 looking down for the last time, knowing they had to jump.

Apr. 03 2013 02:56 PM

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