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Majestic views from atop NY's One World Trade Center

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 01:07

One World Observatory opens to the public nearly 14 years after the September 11, 2001 attacks that brought down the World Trade Center towers. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: The observation center atop One World Trade Center in New York City opens to the public. Nearly 14 years after a pair of hijacked planes brought down the World Trade Center, One World Observatory opened nearly a quarter of a mile (400 meters) above the streets of Lower Manhattan. Just before the public went inside, officials from Legends - the operators of the observatory, participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening. The opening of the three-floor aerie at the crown of the Western Hemisphere's tallest building marks the latest milestone in the rebuilding of the site where the Twin Towers were destroyed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Mike and Pillar Dunn, from San Diego were among the first to enter the observatory. "We thought it would be a good time to be here because this is history and we wanted to be here for it," said Mike Dunn. His wife Pilar said, "This is a milestone. We are standing back letting the world know that we're back. We're here. We're here to stay." One World Observatory is housed on the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors of the building that's also known as Freedom Tower. It has floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning views of New York Harbor and the skyline of Midtown Manhattan, as well as seemingly endless vistas of Long Island, New Jersey and the Atlantic. On a clear day, visibility stretches for up to 50 miles (80 km), said the operators. There are also three restaurants at the observatory. After leaving the observatory, Kevin Lynch from Long Island, said "I felt very honored and privileged and it's something that I would not have missed." Jim Vermeer, of Iowa, said the view was incredible and the architects "did an awesome job." One World Observatory is open year round. The cost of tickets ranges from $26 (USD) to $32.

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Majestic views from atop NY's One World Trade Center

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 01:07