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First look at the panoramic views from NYC’s One World Trade Center

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The viewing deck won’t open until 2015, but when it does, it will be the tallest in the Western Hemisphere and is guaranteed to keep or accelerate the current stream of tourists visiting Ground Zero.

— Samantha Shankman

The observatory of the One World Trade Center building that occupies part of the Ground Zero site in New York has been unveiled, offering panoramic views unseen since 9/11.

The observation deck, which offers 360 degree views of New York City, will occupy floors 100 through to 102 of the tower.

One World Trade Center is located on part of the Ground Zero site where the Twin Towers stood before 9/11.

“This building means moving forward from, without ever forgetting, the days of 9/11,” Randy Levine from Legends Hospitality, the company that will run the observatory, said.

The observatory will officially opened to the public in 2015.

When One Trade Center is completed, it will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, standing at 1776 ft.

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AP report on the opening press conference:

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