World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, New York City

One World Trade Center is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world. The supertall structure has the same name as the North Tower of the original World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The new skyscraper stands on the northwest corner of the 16acre World Trade Center site, on the site of the original 6 World Trade Center. The building is bounded by West Street to the west, Vesey Street to the north, Fulton Street to the south, and Washington Street to the east.
The building's architect was David Childs, whose firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) also designed the Burj Khalifa and the Willis Tower. The construction of below-ground utility relocations, footings, and foundations for the new building began on April 27, 2006. One World Trade Center became the tallest structure in New York City on April 30, 2012, when it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building. The tower's steel structure was topped out on August 30, 2012. On May 10, 2013, the final component of the skyscraper's spire was installed, making the building, including its spire, reach a total height of 1776ft. Its height in feet is a deliberate reference to the year when the United States Declaration of Independence was signed. The building opened on November 3, 2014; the One World Observatory opened on May 29, 2015.
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  • What a way to commemorate one of the most tragic events in American history! The pools were a beautiful way to symbolize lives lost.  more »
  • The memorial is stunning. The people smiling and posing in front of it so they can post on their social media are truly gross.  more »
  • Every American should visit this memorial. It is powerful and everything has a meaning. the only tree that survived is now growing and healthy. Very clean, very safe.  more »
  • A must see in New York City. The memorial is hard to describe in words but should be experienced first hand. The fountains are beautiful but also very sad, as the names of victims are carved into the marble stone. One piece of advice would be to be respectful of the site; I think it’s fine to take pictures here but there are a lot of tourists there goofing around and taking silly photos and selfies, which in my opinion didn’t feel appropriate. It’s usually very busy there, so expect a crowd of people around the fountains. The new building is massive and impressive, standing tall amongst the skyline. The memorial brings up a lot of emotions for those there, and is worth experiencing.
  • It feels wrong to rate this 5 stars. Despite being slap bang in the middle of New York, this memorial feels so respectful and peaceful and shows how much the world still stands with the families who lost their members on that day. Its utterly heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure.
  • Peaceful area in a big city. It really brings to life what happened that day. I remember watching it all on TV for days. Being there and seeing names, it makes it real. Thank you NYC for honoring these people and the First Responders that gave up their lives to help people they didnt even know.
  • A place worth visiting. Museum is good, but in my opinion it's lacking something... Pools were more touching. One thing I hated there were the prices in souvenir store - they should be more reasonable as you are already paying for the entrance there and if someone from poorer country or just a big family is visiting - they can't afford a souvenir. Should be approachable to everyone.
  • Well done, very informative presentation. The sights were incredible of the New York, New Jersey area. You could almost see as far as Connecticut. Nice bar/restaurant area & they do a good job of keeping the crowd size down. Plenty to do in that area!!

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