(NEW YORK) — A group of reporters got an early look Tuesday at the observation deck at One World Trade Center, the building under construction at the site where the Twin Towers stood before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
ABC News Radio’s Aaron Katersky reports:
It took rides in several rickety construction elevators to access the 100th floor here at One World Trade Center. The moment you step on to the concrete, you’re awed by the view. Look up, and it’s as if you’re in the clouds. Look out from the observatory, and New York and New Jersey are arrayed before you.
Landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge, MetLife Stadium — the New Jersey venue where the New York Giants and New York Jets play — and the Empire State Building all look like toys from up here.
“There is no view that can match what this observation deck can offer,” said David Samson of the Port Authority, which owns the building.
The Port Authority expects a million people will visit the observatory every year, once it opens in 2015.
A high-speed elevator will whisk visitors to the observatory in 60 seconds.
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