NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — Thirteen years after unthinkable acts of terror collapsed the twin buildings that once towered high above the Manhattan skyline, One World Trade Center opened for business Monday, with publishing giant Conde Nast among the first tenants to begin moving into the new offices.
The 104-story, $3.9 billion skyscraper features a three-story observation deck which will eventually open to the public. The view will stretch from Manhattan to the Statue of Liberty into New Jersey and Connecticut and all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
Here you take a virtual tour of the state-of-the-art observation deck high above the Big Apple:
T.J. Gottesdiener of the Skidmore, Owings & Merrill firm that produced the final design said the high-rise was built with steel-reinforced concrete that makes it as terror attack-proof as possible.
From the northeast corner of the site, the tower overlooks the National September 11 Memorial & Museum built in the footprints of the twin towers. Its stated aim is to honor the more than 2,700 people who died there on that tragic September morning.
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