by Howard Clemens
For many high school and junior high students today, the tragedy of 9/11 in New York City happened is already a part of history. It happened when many of this age group was young children – or they were not even born yet. As a new generation considers the tragedies of 9/11, the event is already making its way into the shrouds of history.
Students Travel to NYC & See the New One World Trade Center
This year, the new One World Trade Center has arisen, and it is ready for commercial occupancy. Fortune 500 companies and successful tech companies are securing decade long leases on office space.
For student trips headed to New York City, the New One World Trade Center is certainly worth a look. Groups may also want to visit the 9/11 Museum – a separate building nearby.
One World Observatory spans 3 floors and is open for public, ticketed admission. Ask a student travel company representative about group rates and scheduling tickets. A trip to the 100th Floor is a phenomenal way to see New York City from a bird’s eye view and learn more about the history of 911 as well as present day New York.
Workers Hoist the New Sign to Top of Building
As the sign, One World Trade Center, was hoisted to the top of the 1,776 foot building, workers on site took photos. The written signatures and messages of loved ones were visible on the back of the street sign. Many who live and work in New York City lost loved ones: family and friends, work associates and neighbors. After 9/11 the city was never to be the same again, with tightened security and heightened anxieties at large public events. Yet the spirit of New Yorkers has survived the catastrophe, and this new building stands today as a testament to those who were lost – and those who remain.
The project to rebuild the World Trade Center began in earnest post 9/11 as collaboration between government and private industry. It was to illustrate that the U.S. has an indomitable spirit, not easily broken. The building is immense, covering 3,500,000 square feet, including: offices, observation deck, parking and storage and more. Shopping and dining is available beneath the building, as well as PATH and subway train access. One World Trade Center has 70 different elevators and nine escalators. Five elevators are reserved for access to the top of the building where the Observatory is located.
One World Observatory
Student travel groups will be interested in visiting the One World Observatory, an innovative, contemporary space that gives more information about 911 and the new One World Trade Center’s construction, as well as present day New York City.
Timed ticket entry is part of the scheduling for student tour groups, so prompt or early arrival will be necessary. Students will ride the elevator to the 102nd Floor on a sky pod with windows on three sides. As students enter the Global Welcome Center, digital signs in many languages will greet them.
On the 100th Floor of One World Trade Center, students can enter the Main Observatory to see 360-degree panoramic views of New York City and beyond. The sky portal is another observatory where students may enter a 14-foot wide circular disc that opens up an astounding view of the streets below. To find out more about NYC neighborhoods below, students can question the City Pulse – a video monitor system that provides close-up street views.
The new One World Trade Center was designed and built to showcase the latest state-of the-art technologies, and to encourage public engagement. Plus it sets aside three floors for public access and enjoyment, while the floors below are teeming with work and productivity. One World Trade Center offers its tenants a prestigious address, a work environment with a contemporary design and one stupendous view of New York City. Its presence has already enlivened the lower Manhattan neighborhood.
One World Observatory has opened a brand new gift shop called the Gallery at One World. Here, students can obtain exclusively designed mementos of their trip to the top of New York City. Dining at One World Trade Center may be a bit over budget for many student groups or simply inconvenient for touring. Instead, take groups on a walk through the restaurants and stores below the building’s street level to find lunch or dinner.
For more information about seeing One World Trade Center while on tour of New York City, trip leaders and teachers may contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.educationaltravelconsultants.com.