It'll be another two years or so before the general public will be invited to gaze upon the unparalleled panoramas of New York City from the observation deck at One World Trade Center, but today, a lucky few got to be the first to visit the quarter-mile-high "room with a view" known as One World Observatory.
Though construction officially began in early 2006, it wasn't until a few years later that One World Trade Center — formerly the Freedom Tower — began to take its rightful place in New York City's iconic skyline.
The Freedom Tower at Ground Zero has been in the works for years and years now—and it still won't be finished until 2018—but just so it isn't delayed by any errant workers who might slip off for ten minutes to go fetch a sandwich, the geniuses at the Port Authority have decided to install a Subway on-site.
After clashing with developer Larry Silverstein for control of the Freedom Tower and finally winning it in 2006, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has now decided it doesn't want the thing. Exasperated with the task of leasing space in the 1,368-foot skyscraper, the PA is looking to unload a full or partial stake in the building, the Post's Steve Cuozzo relays today. One potential buyer? Steve Ross's Related Companies. Sweet! Now Ross can install a 50,000 square foot Whole Foods and sprawling Equinox, and the whole complex will be patrolled by second-rate Port Authority police officers.
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