The holidays are always a special time in New York City, with tons of events and attractions to keep busy from Thanksgiving to New Years. But most festivities don’t take place over 1,200 feet in the sky. One World Observatory does just that during their “Winter ONEderland” event, which transforms their 102nd-floor observatory into a magical winter oasis beginning on Nov. 26. Starting with a snowy ride to the top of One WTC, the event features interactive multi-media installations, visits from Santa, and holiday-themed fare and beverages.
One World Observatory
Roses and chocolate are nice, but why go the traditional route when the city has so much more to offer for Valentine’s Day. Show your significant other, spouse, or best friend how much they mean to you with one of these ten alternative events that 6sqft rounded up throughout the city. From a wastewater treatment plant tour, to after-hours museum visits, to a romantic evening at the planetarium, these are the perfect ideas for urbanists, historians, and art lovers.
Thought that $100 New Year’s Eve cover at your favorite bar was steep? It’s nothing compared to the rates to ring in 2016 atop One World Trade Center. DNAinfo reports that the Observatory is hosting a black-tie-optional soiree for which tickets will range from $500 to $6,750, a far cry from the normal $32 rate to get to the top. The three-digit ticket will get you passed hors d’oevures, passed sweets, a four-hour open bar, a midnight champagne toast, and, of course, access to the DJ dance party and incredible views. If you’re a high roller, you’ll get guest admission for 12, as well as reserved seating on the 100th and 102nd floors with private waiter service and additional appetizers and bottles of booze.
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It was a big day in New York City last Friday, when the One World Trade Center Observatory officially opened to the public, welcoming New Yorkers and tourists alike to the top of the tallest building in North America. While the view from 1,250 feet up in the air seems like the apex of the world, the folks over at the Skyscraper Museum put together this fun infographic, which compares the highest publicly-accessible tourist spaces around the world, including observation decks, bars, restaurants, and other sky-high thrills. Turns out, the One World Trade Observatory ranks 9th for observation decks and 11th for all publicly-accessible spaces.
The view from above. Image via World Trade Center Progress
We couldn’t have dreamt up a more picturesque day for the opening of One World Trade Center‘s sky-high observatory. Today visitors will get a new bird’s eye view of New York City with panoramic views stretching 50 miles past the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty from a three-story perch 1,250 feet up in the air.
The Lower Manhattan skyline in 1796
Tourists and die-hard New Yorkers who plan on shelling out $32 to take in the vistas from the One World Trade Center observation deck will also get the unique experience of taking in the city’s skyline through the last 515 years. The Times reports that the five elevators servicing the building’s 102nd-floor observatory will be equipped with three wrapping, high-tech monitors that will display a time-lapse view of Lower Manhattan as its takes its patrons on a 47-second, 23 mph ride to the top. The screens will project everything from Manhattan’s start as a verdant, marshy wonder to its rise as the world’s capital in all its sky-scraping glory. But, most notably, the ride will highlight the south WTC tower brought down by terrorists on 9/11.
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Images: One WTC (L); Shot from “The MTA Is Not Apologizing” by Above Average (R)
It was big news yesterday that One World Observatory will open to the public on Friday, May 29th. But we can’t help but wonder if New Yorkers are feeling compelled to buy a $32 ticket to go to the viewing platform at 1,250 feet. Maybe it’s your fear of heights or the hefty admission fee that’s keeping you away. Or maybe you fall on the side that feels this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience bestowed upon us city dwellers. Either way, we want to know what you think.
Yesterday, an insider over at Curbed noticed entrance signage for One World Trade Center’s observatory. And now, just a day later, it’s been officially announced that One World Observatory will open on Friday, May 29. The press release also shares that tickets, which will cost $32 for an adult, will go on sale tomorrow at 10am. The three-floor observation deck will sit 1,250 feet above ground on floors 100, 101, and 102 and cover 125,000 square feet.
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