Our visit to New York definitely had to include the 9/11 Memorial and climb the Observatory of the new 1 World Trade Center. What we experienced was a moment of solemnity among all the people who were there, all in one way or another, prepared to remember that sad moment in history.
Being atop the 103rd floor of the Observatory, we asked ourselves how the idea of building a structure of this height and of this importance in New York arose. The answer lies in 1943 plan to create a center to facilitate commercial exchange worldwide. This was achieved when the New State Legislature authorized then-Governor Thomas E. Dewey to delineate a strategy for it. The project was put on hold in 1949. Years later, the banker David Rockefeller revives the idea to stimulate urban renewal in lower Manhattan, recommending the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey to undertake such a project.
After much debate and negotiations with the state and municipal governments of New York and New Jersey, in 1962 the project was announced with the selection of architect Minoru Yamasaki. The complex that would consist of seven buildings began its construction in 1968, completing it in 1987. The Twin Towers were completed in 1971.
As we all know, this complex was devastated as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. By 2002, efforts began to reconstruct the area and the work to build the 7 World Trade Center building.
The new project would consist of six main buildings, the Memorial and Museum of 09/11, a transport center and other structures. At present, a large part of the project has been completed. The 1 World Trade Center building, with a height of 1,368 feet or 417 meters, was completed in November 2014. The building reaches a height of 1,776 feet (symbolic) or 541 meters with the tower above the structure. In this building is located the Observatory that has an incredible panoramic view.
In addition to climbing the Observatory, you must visit the Memorial, the Oculus (Transport Center) and the Museum.