|Desiree Ramos Reiner and me at the entrance to OWO.
The destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001 was very traumatic for me as it was for millions of people in New York and around the world. On the one hand, I felt a deep sadness returning to the site, but, on the other hand, I felt a great pride that One World Trade had been rebuilt and demonstrated to the world that the United States is resilient and hopeful for the future.
After passing through the Global Welcome Center, we stopped to watch a short video titled “Voices”, which tells personal stories of some of the men and women who built One World Trade Center. It was very moving to hear their stories and to see the pride in their faces of what they accomplished in building this amazing tower.
|It took hundreds of construction workers 14 years to rebuild the World Trade Center and the Observatory
On the 102nd floor, we were first treated to a two-minute video presentation of a bird’s eye view of New York at the See Forever Theater before being directed to the Main Observation space on the 100th floor. The observation space which circles the entire 100th floor is wide and airy with high floor-to-ceiling windows that let you see the City from every angle. The views there are absolutely spectacular! We spent our time walking around pointing out landmarks we recognized on each side, including ferries, bridges, tunnels, sky scrapers, and the ports in Brooklyn and Bayonne.
|On the west view, you can see the Hudson River beyond the George Washington Bridge and the New Jersey Palisades. On a clear day, you can see more than 25 miles!
|East View with the Brooklyn Bridge.
|The north view captures the Empire State Building and Midtown Manhattan
|The south view shows the Statue of Liberty and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge which connects Brooklyn to Staten Island
|Our feet standing on the 14 foot Sky Portal set into the Observation floor offers an incredible live view of the streets below
A visit to One World Observatory is an attraction that should not be missed. And if you purchase tickets by February 10th via this special link or by visiting https://oneworldobservatory.com/tickets/ and using code Redcross17, a portion of your ticket will go toward supporting the Red Cross. This is valid for tickets purchased for visits through March 31.
If you do have the chance to visit, let us know by tagging the American Red Cross In Greater New York on Facebook, Twitter (@redcrossny) and Instagram (@redcrossny). And don’t forget to tag and thank our friends at One World Observatory (@oneworldny).