One of the most iconic New York City experiences for visitors and residents alike is getting a great view of the city, taking in the size and majesty of America’s busiest, most populous cities. Most of the visitors looking for a great view head to the top of 30 Rockefeller Center in the heart of Midtown at 47th-50th Streets on Avenue of the Americas – drawing an estimated 2.5 million visitors each year. The iconic Empire State Building on 34th Street and 5th Avenue drawing millions more.
World Trade Center One plans to offer more then just a plethora of class A financial district office space. According to a recent report from the New York Times, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is expected to approve a multi-million, 15-year contract with Legends Hospitality Management to operate an observation deck at New York City’s tallest building, which could generate hundreds of millions in revenue for the Port Authority over the next 15 years. Set for completion late this year, World Trade Center One is hoping to draw visitors that would otherwise head north to Top of the Rock or the Empire State Building.
The World Trade Center’s observation deck just barely edges out the height of the deck at the Empire State Building and is only second in the country to Chicago’s Sears/Willis Tower. The hundreds of millions in revenue expected will help offset the tower’s cost of more then $3 billion to complete.
WTC One plans to offer more then just a great view – once visitors take a dedicated elevator to the 102nd floor of the 1,776 foot tower, they will be greeted with a presentation storying the history of the tower’s design and construction after the September 11th attacks before opening to reveal the Manhattan skyline. A gift shop and restaurant, as well as an area for private parties, add to the experience of visiting one of New York’s newest icons.