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NYC's new One World Observatory aka the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere
New York City’s One World Trade Centre skyscraper is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. Its observatory on the 100th floor opened on May 29. Located on the northwest corner of the 6.5-hectare World Trade Center site, the 541-metre-tall tower consists of 104 floors and 70 elevators. Five Sky Pod elevators bring guests to the top in less than one minute; they feature floor-to-ceiling LED technology that depicts the development of city’s skyline from the 1600s to today. In addition to 360-degree views, the One World Observatory features the Sky Portal, a four-metre wide circular disc that guests can stand on to see real-time, high-def footage of the streets below. At City Pulse, ambassadors trained in gesture-recognition technology can help guests with info on landmarks and neighbourhoods using a ring of HD monitors. There are three restaurants on the 101st floor, a theatre on the 102nd floor. Tickets are date and time specific. Adults US$32; kids US$26. tel: (844) 696-1776; oneworldobservatory.com.
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