Nearly 15 years after the devastating events of September 11th shook the nation, the new World Trade Center is open for business. Highlighted by the city’s highest spire, a futuristic transit hub and a powerful memorial, the revitalized area is a must-see for New York visitors. Here’s your guide to the new World Trade Center.
One World Trade Center, unofficially known as the “Freedom Tower,” is a soaring symbol of American strength and perseverance. But don’t just admire it from the ground. One World Trade Center’s 100th floor observatory showcases unparalleled views of New York City and beyond from the top of the tallest building in the western hemisphere.
One World Observatory. 285 Fulton St, New York, NY. (800) 416-7192
9/11 Memorial Plaza is a poignant tribute to those who lost everything in the September 11th attacks. Two waterfall reflecting pools set within the original bases of the Twin Towers are etched with the names of the victims. A series of white oak trees surrounding the grounds complete a scene of remembrance and renewal.
9/11 Memorial Plaza. 911 Greenwich St, New York, NY. (212) 312-8800
Opened in March 2016 the new World Trade Center Station is worth a look inside and out. Designed to emulate a bird leaving a child’s hand, the station might more closely resemble a robotic seagull, but it’s a unique and fascinating addition to the area nonetheless. Take a stroll through the sparkling white space station-esque West Concourse on your way to grab some food at Brookfield Place.
World Trade Center Station. 70 Vesey Street, New York, NY
Hudson River views and fast-casual dining options set the tone at Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place across the street from One World Trade Center. Snag a hand-rolled, wood oven baked bagel from Black Seed Bagels or sushi in a sandwich with the Ahi Tuna Burger from LA-based Umami Burger during your sightseeing break.
Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place. 200 Vesey St, New York, NY. (212) 978-1698
Adjacent to the Memorial Plaza and built within the remains of the original World Trade Center site is the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Displaying artifacts from ground zero like the 80 foot trident columns that provided the foundational structure for the towers and fire trucks damaged beneath the crushing debris, the museum tells the story of what happened on, before, and after September 11th with striking visuals.
9/11 Memorial Museum. 911 Greenwich St, New York, NY. (212) 312-8800