USA: Visiting the Freedom Tower in New York City

On April 4, 1973, the original World Trade Center opened in NYC’s Financial District. I never got the chance to see it as my first visit in NYC was in 2005. The Twins were gone.

Since then, we have all been watching the new Freedom Tower rise over the past few years.

At each visit, I have seen the Freedom Tower being constructed over that beautiful New York City skyline. It was going to be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Here I am in 2015, finally to see it totally done. The Freedom Tower is enhancing the beauty of New York, although the memory of 9/11 is very sad.

The admission cost is 32$US ($26 for children ages 6-12, $30 for 65+ and free for little ones 5 and under), make sure to book in advance. The One World Observatory is three-level access of the floors 101 through 103.

Once you arrived to the 100th floor, you will be presented a 2 minute video which will be a spectacular mash time-lapse imagery ending with the actual great panoramic view from the Tower. From there you can see the long stretch of the island of Manhattan, Brooklyn, New York & New Jersey ports, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Here are a few shots that I want to share you of the new Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial. We decided to not go to the museum. It will be added to the list “I will go next time”.

Tip: You would think that like any cities with tall buildings, you can avoid the “observatory tickets”, if there is a restaurant on top. Go there to enjoy a drink or dinner and a similar view. This doesn’t apply at the Freedom Tower. Go to SixtyFive bar instead on the Top of the Rock to avoid the entrance ticket to the observatory. Because of this inconvenience, people tend to think the One World Observatory is a real rip-off. They clearly recommend to not try the menu. Skip it at all cost.

Happy visit!

Freedom Tower
The Memorial of 9/11

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower
Beautiful shiny tower

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower
New Jersey

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower
Tiny Statue of Liberty
Freedom Tower
Manhattan
Freedom Tower
The West side
Freedom Tower
Getting darker and darker. Notice the “Bal en Blanc” happening on the picture (hint: bottom left). Wish I was there, if only I knew before!

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower

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