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Ninety floors... and counting: The breathtaking views from One World Trade Center
Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2011 | Louise Boyle

Posted on 01/01/2012 1:35:07 PM PST by NYer

When it is completed, it will be the tallest building in Manhattan and one of incredible poignancy for New York City. 

One World Trade Center reached its 90th floor this week - with just 14 more floors to go until the top. The structure can now be seen from all five boroughs of the city.

Stunning pictures showed how the area has been reborn since the 9/11 attacks more than a decade ago where almost 3,000 people lost their lives in the worst ever terrorist attack on American soil.

Towering symbol: The fog rolls out across downtown Manhattan, captured from the 80th floor of One World Trade Center

Towering symbol: The fog rolls out across downtown Manhattan, captured from the 80th floor of One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center is on track to be completed by 2013 with construction workers approximately finishing a floor a week in downtown Manhattan.

Electrical contractors at the tower agreed to give it a festive feel and wrapped the exterior lamps they use with coloured cellophane in time for Christmas. 


(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 10thanniversary; 911rebuilt; architecture; dsj; freedomtower; nyc; onewtc; wtc
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1 posted on 01/01/2012 1:35:10 PM PST by NYer
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To: Liz; The Mayor
Christmas spirit: Exterior lights at One WTC were covered in coloured cellophane by electrical contractors for a festive feel

Christmas spirit: Exterior lights at One WTC were covered in coloured cellophane by electrical contractors for a festive feel

It stands in the footsteps of the original twin towers among a small forest of oak trees in an eight-acre plaza. It features two 50ft-deep pools, each containing fountains, along with a museum with exhibitions and artefacts to teach visitors about the events of September 11.

At One World Trade Center, there is almost 3million square feet of office space - half of which had already been leased. There is also an observation deck planned more than 1,241ft above ground, fine-dining restaurants and a sprawling public lobby boasting 50ft ceilings. There will be eventually be six skyscrapers on the site altogether.

Breathtaking: Looking east from the 77th floor as construction work carries on below

Breathtaking: Looking east from the 77th floor as construction work carries on below

The heart of New York City: One World Trade Center, from the 80th floor looking North, is due for completion in 2013 and will be the city's tallest building

The heart of New York City: One World Trade Center, from the 80th floor looking North, is due for completion in 2013 and will be the city's tallest building

Place of remembrance: The eight-acre plaza features a small forest of oak trees and a museum to teach visitors about the events of September 11

Place of remembrance: The eight-acre plaza features a small forest of oak trees and a museum to teach visitors about the events of September 11

Forging on: Construction work carries on internally within One World Trade Center (left) as the polish concrete floor of the 9/11 museum is laid
Forging on: Construction work carries on internally within One World Trade Center (left) as the polish concrete floor of the 9/11 museum is laid

2 posted on 01/01/2012 1:36:52 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

Wow. Thanks.


3 posted on 01/01/2012 1:37:54 PM PST by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt! 2012)
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To: NYer

Cool photos but the photographer likes the HDR a bit too much.


4 posted on 01/01/2012 1:40:03 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: NYer

Very cool.


5 posted on 01/01/2012 1:42:01 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: NYer

Nice, but still think they should have done Two Towers instead of just one.


6 posted on 01/01/2012 1:42:43 PM PST by rbg81
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To: NYer

Thanks for the post and the pictures!


7 posted on 01/01/2012 1:44:18 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: NYer

I could never work on a skyscraper. I get a queasy feeling just thinking about being up that high with no walls.


8 posted on 01/01/2012 1:49:02 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: NYer

What kind of an attitude would the people take there in NYC if this tower had an attack of any kind?


9 posted on 01/01/2012 1:50:00 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Castigo Cay by Matt Bracken, check it out. And his other works.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I get queasy seeing that monstrous city below. Truly a place I never want to visit.


10 posted on 01/01/2012 1:54:59 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: cripplecreek

Cool photos but the photographer likes the HDR a bit too much.


Indeed. And they don’t seem to care about skewed horizons of curved horizons that can easily be corrected.


11 posted on 01/01/2012 1:57:27 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Author of BullionBible.com - Makes You a Precious Metal Expert, Guaranteed.)
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To: Eye of Unk
Discovery had a great series about this building. It's a much stronger building than the Twin Towers. It is designed with the idea that someone will detonate a truckload of explosives near its base or fly an airliner into it. The first few dozen stories are essentially a reinforced-concrete bunker The upper floors are also of a more resilient design than the Twin Towers, which relied on the walls to bear the bulk of the weight of the floors above.

It seemed like everyone working on the building lost friends and/or family on 9/11. They wanted to be at 100 floors by 9/11/11 but there was way too much snow last winter (when we were living there) to get that done.

13 posted on 01/01/2012 1:59:27 PM PST by Dilbert56 (Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.")
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To: Eye of Unk
Discovery had a great series about this building. It's a much stronger building than the Twin Towers. It is designed with the idea that someone will detonate a truckload of explosives near its base or fly an airliner into it. The first few dozen stories are essentially a reinforced-concrete bunker The upper floors are also of a more resilient design than the Twin Towers, which relied on the walls to bear the bulk of the weight of the floors above.

It seemed like everyone working on the building lost friends and/or family on 9/11. They wanted to be at 100 floors by 9/11/11 but there was way too much snow last winter (when we were living there) to get that done.

14 posted on 01/01/2012 1:59:37 PM PST by Dilbert56 (Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.")
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To: NYer

Very nice but the whole World Trade Center rebuilding is a sorry commentary on how far we have fallen.

It took less than 16 MONTHS to build the Empire State Building from the start of excavation to ribbon cutting.

This is taking over a decade and there is still huge squabbling over everything.

The whole complex should have been excavated and restored to what it was within 5 years.


15 posted on 01/01/2012 2:00:04 PM PST by slorunner
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To: doorgunner69

Oh, it’s a fascinating city. Don’t be prejudiced. I don’t want to live there anymore—or in any city—but it has wonderful, wonderful things about it.


16 posted on 01/01/2012 2:00:18 PM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
I could never work on a skyscraper. I get a queasy feeling just thinking about being up that high with no walls.

Well, I guess changing the decorative bulbs on the Chrysler Building is just out.   ;-)


17 posted on 01/01/2012 2:02:27 PM PST by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: NYer

They call this new building “One World Trade Center.” That’s an abomination and a total insult to the people that died in the REAL One World Trade Center. There will never be another one. How insensitive.


18 posted on 01/01/2012 2:03:28 PM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: Doulos1

Umm, the address is 1 World Trade Center. It’s not a “One World” thing.


19 posted on 01/01/2012 2:07:45 PM PST by Dilbert56 (Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.")
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To: cripplecreek

Agreed. HDR is great but it can be overdone.


20 posted on 01/01/2012 2:08:43 PM PST by Principle Over Politics (Romney 2012 is McCain 2008. No more RINOs!)
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To: Dilbert56

That is not what the article said. Sorry.


21 posted on 01/01/2012 2:08:55 PM PST by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever!)
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To: slorunner
This is taking over a decade and there is still huge squabbling over everything. The whole complex should have been excavated and restored to what it was within 5 years.

Not to mention the tax dollars confiscated to build it...

22 posted on 01/01/2012 2:10:01 PM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants; Jim Robinson

I walked a 12 in wide flange 210 ft above ground years ago with no belts! The Steel Workers were impressedand I got their respect as the Project Engineer on the Job, but now I still have nightmares!! They told me way back then: “Don’t worry if You are above 40 ft! It won’t hurt!”
Going off a High dive is bad enough, think of those poor Souls who had to dive out of those burning Buildings 1000 ft above ground because of those Rabid Muslim Terrorists on 9-11-01!! Islam is NO a religion of Peace, it is a cult of Hate.


23 posted on 01/01/2012 2:12:12 PM PST by True Republican Patriot (May GOD SAVE OUR AMERICA from ALLAH and his Prophet, HUSSEIN OBAMA!!)
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To: NYer

If I were renting one of the top floors I would have a parachute in my office.


24 posted on 01/01/2012 2:12:12 PM PST by Venturer
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To: NYer

What’s that building with the domey looking top?


25 posted on 01/01/2012 2:12:51 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: NYer
Stunning pictures showed how the area has been reborn since the 9/11 attacks more than a decade ago where almost 3,000 people lost their lives in the worst ever terrorist attack on American soil.

One little quibble. Those 3,000 lives were not lost. They were taken.

26 posted on 01/01/2012 2:14:35 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I walked a 12 in wide flange 210 ft above ground years ago with no belts! The Steel Workers were impressedand I got their respect as the Project Engineer on the Job, but now I still have nightmares!! They told me way back then: “Don’t worry if You are above 40 ft! It won’t hurt!”
Going off a High dive is bad enough, think of those poor Souls who had to dive out of those burning Buildings 1000 ft above ground because of those Rabid Muslim Terrorists on 9-11-01!! Islam is NOT a religion of Peace, it is a cult of Hate.


27 posted on 01/01/2012 2:16:17 PM PST by True Republican Patriot (May GOD SAVE OUR AMERICA from ALLAH and his Prophet, HUSSEIN OBAMA!!)
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To: slorunner
This is taking over a decade and there is still huge squabbling over everything.

Not to worry, the mosque two blocks away will go up pig grease lightning fast.

28 posted on 01/01/2012 2:20:54 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Rush Limbaugh = the Beethoven of talk radio)
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To: Texas Eagle

I’m with you Tex. Those lives were sacrificed in the name of allah not lost.


29 posted on 01/01/2012 2:20:54 PM PST by poobear (Facts, the TURD in the punchbowl of Liberal thought!)
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To: 6SJ7
Lol! Frightening! Used to work only a few blocks from the Chrylser building. Those gargoyles would turn blue in the New York winter. Always imagined being up there shivering and terrified of the height. How do men make such things?
30 posted on 01/01/2012 2:21:42 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Blood of Tyrants
I could never work on a skyscraper. I get a queasy feeling just thinking about being up that high with no walls.

Or floors?


31 posted on 01/01/2012 2:21:47 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: NYer


32 posted on 01/01/2012 2:22:03 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I get queasy being that high WITH walls. Ate at the “Top of the World” at the old WTC years ago, and was never so happy to get out of a restaurant in my life. I’m a terra firma kinda person.


33 posted on 01/01/2012 2:24:27 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Doulos1

Nice talk. You witness to others with that mouth?


34 posted on 01/01/2012 2:24:46 PM PST by TomServo
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To: Principle Over Politics

I enter a lot of photography contests and see a lot of wins given based on popularity of HDR over skill and artistry. It won’t always be that way but it can be irritating if you’re wasting good entries against them.


35 posted on 01/01/2012 2:25:35 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Venturer
No doubt, and a tool to break a window.
36 posted on 01/01/2012 2:25:46 PM PST by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

You and me both.

Just looking at the pictures gives me the willies.


37 posted on 01/01/2012 2:27:05 PM PST by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: 6SJ7
I'm betting the Mackinaw bridge is pretty much shut down today due to high winds.

Photobucket
38 posted on 01/01/2012 2:32:48 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Texas Eagle
That is part of the World Financial Center complex across West Street from the World Trade Center complex. The glass domes were blown out by debris from the Twin Towers when they fell. West Street used to be the West Side Highway (from West Side Story) before the tore down the elevated roadway.
39 posted on 01/01/2012 2:33:38 PM PST by Woodman
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To: doorgunner69
I get queasy seeing that monstrous city below. Truly a place I never want to visit.

I understand where you are coming from as I prefer the country life myself. However, I highly recommend a visit to Manhattan before you die. It is truly a memorable experience. Just make sure you bring plenty of money!

My career takes me to Manhattan on a somewhat regular basis and I've been there on pleasure with my wife several times over the past 30 years. While I would never want to live there, I do love going there to visit.

One thing that amazes me about NYC is how every single block is a city within itself. It would take you weeks to sample every bar and restaurant on any given mid-town Manhattan block and even when you think you've been to them all, there will be many more (known to the locals) that are hidden away in tiny nooks and crannies. I remember having lunch there one day during a business trip and my co-worker took me down a tiny alley, down two flights of steps, and into a soup restaurant where you had these gigantic bowls of delicious soup for just a few dollars. A tourist would have no idea it was ever there but the locals know. After all, the locals are not necessarily made of money and they need affordable places to eat. They are there if you know where to look. I was also taken to bars that had glasses of draft beer for a dollar. Again, not a place a tourist would ever find.

There are over 25,000 restaurants in New York City - if you ate at a different one every day, it would take you nearly 70 years to sample them all. Of course, the restaurants are always changing so even if you had all the time in the world, it would be physically impossible to visit them all.

If you visit New York City, I would recommend skipping the taxis and just walk everywhere. It will help burn all the calories you will be taking in. New York City has the best food in the world. Even something as simple as a slice of pizza or a hamburger tastes much better in Manhattan.

Surprisingly, New York City is one of the safest cities in the world to be a pedestrian in. As 90% of the traffic are taxicabs, you are dealing with professional drivers who are used to stopping on a dime. So if you jaywalk in NYC, you will get honked and cursed at, but they will always stop for you (watch out because the cops are quick to give pedestrians tickets for jaywalking).

Same with crime. Street cops are everywhere in the city proper so violent crime is very rare. So long as you stick to the main drags, you will likely never be hassled with. Do keep your wallet in your front pocket however as pickpockets abound and they are very good at their craft.

New York City is probably one of the few places on the planet where you can stumble out of your hotel room at 3 in the morning and get a decent meal or find plenty of other people to have a beer with. Las Vegas is probably the only comparable place I've been to where it is truly a 24/7 lifestyle.

I also like very tall buildings and Manhattan abounds with them. When I was a kid, I used to study the skyscrapers in the World Almanac of Facts and knew most of the major ones. It's a shame that other countries are now building taller buildings. I would like to see New York City start building some 200-story buildings that tower up to 3,000 feet in the air. That would definitely be a good thing and such buildings are very possible from an engineering standpoint.

40 posted on 01/01/2012 2:33:50 PM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 36 days away from outliving Marty Feldman)
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To: True Republican Patriot

“Don’t worry if You are above 40 ft! It won’t hurt!”

That is because I would die after about 15 ft.


41 posted on 01/01/2012 2:34:54 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: True Republican Patriot

“Don’t worry if You are above 40 ft! It won’t hurt!”

That is because I would die after about 15 ft.


42 posted on 01/01/2012 2:35:14 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: Principle Over Politics

what is HDR?

I like these photos


43 posted on 01/01/2012 2:39:33 PM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Woodman; Texas Eagle
Here is what the World Financial Center looked like after the towers fell.

View is from the opposite side.

44 posted on 01/01/2012 2:40:45 PM PST by Woodman
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To: Mr. K

High Dynamic Range.


45 posted on 01/01/2012 2:41:59 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: NYer

One of my most memorable experiences was when my wife and I went to NYC for our honeymoon in 1977. We had dinner at Windows on the World, the restaurant at the top of the World Trade Center. The view was incredible and unforgettable. The food and service was pretty good also.


46 posted on 01/01/2012 2:42:56 PM PST by Malone LaVeigh
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To: BfloGuy

why is it that the older I get the worse afraid of heights I am

that photo makes me queasy just looking at it nowadays

I think it started whan I saw a TV show on ‘free climbers’- those morons who climb cliffs and hang over the edge with just their fingertips


47 posted on 01/01/2012 2:43:07 PM PST by Mr. K (Physically unable to profreed <--- oops, see?)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
“Don’t worry if You are above 40 ft! It won’t hurt!”

That is because I would die after about 15 ft.

Takes a little longer to reach terminal velocity, and it's the sudden stop at the end that kills you.

48 posted on 01/01/2012 2:43:13 PM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: NYer

Thank you for posting. I had dinner several times at the Trade Center. I also “temped” there in my youth and wonder how many of the people I worked with were lost. At that time, I was working for David Stockman.

My husband lost many friends that day - he was well connected to the restaurant.

They were iconic buildings and I mourn their loss.


49 posted on 01/01/2012 2:44:44 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks NYer.


50 posted on 01/01/2012 2:47:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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