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One World Trade Center Observation Deck, NYC
One World Observatory

More than 10 years in the making, the observation deck on the top three floors of the One World Trade Center — on the 100th to 103rd floors, 1,200 feet above Manhattan — is set to open on May 29. You can buy your tickets right now, ahead of the opening. Here’s what you need to know:

At $32 a ticket (discounted for seniors and children), the experience doesn’t come cheap. But it does include a pre-show program, titled “Voices of the Building,” that incorporates first-person accounts describing the rise of One World Trade Center, plus interactive displays describing the foundation that it sits on and a time-lapse video presentation. You reach the deck in under 60 seconds via Sky Pod elevators — some of the fastest in the world — that feature floor-to-ceiling LED TVs displaying the growth of New York City and the development of the Manhattan skyline. For a more in-depth preview, this video shows the visitor’s experience start-to-finish.


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The 100th level also features the Sky Portal, where you can step onto a 14-foot-wide circular disc in the floor for a live HD view of the city streets below. One floor up, you’ll find a fine dining restaurant, a café, and a bar.


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Just can’t wait? According to the New York Post, on May 28, preview admission will be free on a first come, first served basis. More details on that are to come. In the meantime, to get you in the mood, you can watch “The Rise” — a crowdsourced video composed of Instagram images documenting the early stages of the building construction through its recent completion.

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