One World Trade Center

Location: 285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10007

See One World Trade Center From New York Harbor

After terrorist attacks destroyed the Twin Towers, the tallest buildings in the world when they were constructed, New York City endured eight long months of cleaning up Lower Manhattan and years of rebuilding. Demolition removed what remained of the World Trade Center, and in 2006, reconstruction of the complex began. More than a decade after the 9/11 attacks, a new One World Trade building stands proudly in Lower Manhattan, and you can take it in from the waters of New York Harbor on a Liberty Cruise.

What Is One World Trade Center?

One World Trade Center is the main building in the World Trade Center complex today. Also known as the Freedom Tower, One World Trade Center stands 1,776 feet tall and is the tallest building in North America.

Where Is the One World Trade Center Building?

One World Trade Center is in Lower Manhattan, surrounded by West Street, Fulton Street, and Vesey Street in the Financial District. If you’re looking at the Manhattan skyline from New York Harbor, One World Trade Center, which stands just a few blocks from Wall Street, is one of the first attractions that will meet your eyes. At One World Trade Center, tourist and local alike can buy tickets to gaze out at NYC from the observatory on the 100th to 102nd floors of the tallest building in the United States.

What Is One World Trade Center Used For?

One World Trade Center is home to the offices, headquarters, and working spaces of numerous businesses, including the mass media company Condé Nast, which publishes Vogue, Vanity Fair, and other top magazines; the U.S. General Services Administration; and television channels like WCBS and WNBC.

One World Trade Center is more than business, though! On the underground levels of the building, visitors can shop until they drop at Westfield World Trade Center, the largest shopping mall in Manhattan. On the upper floors of the building, the gift shop, eateries, and observatory make a visit to One World Trade Center even more spectacular.

Fun One World Trade Center Facts

  • It took nearly five years before contractors and builders finally answered two nagging questions: “Where is One World Trade Center going to be?” and “What is it going to look like?”

  • At 104 stories, One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

  • Its 1,776 feet of architectural height is a nod to the date of the Declaration of Independence.

  • More than 40,000 metric tons of structural steel were used in its construction.

  • The elevators can travel up to 23 miles per hour.

  • The building cost about $3.9 billion.

  • It has about 3,000,000 square feet of office space.

  • Just south of One World Trade Center is the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, at the location of the original Twin Towers.

Learn More Fun Facts About One World Trade Center on a Liberty Cruise

At Liberty Cruise NYC, we have plenty of flexible cruise options for you to fit into your NYC experience. New York locals act as your tour guides to give you the best, most informative Manhattan tour. Feel free to ask questions: Our guides are happy to share with you the fascinating history and facts about One World Trade Center as well as other city sightseeing attractions.

When you take to the water, you’ll have a beautiful vantage point from which to admire the landmarks of Manhattan. Our boat tours provide a panoramic view of the famous city skyline. For a truly unforgettable experience, try the Liberty Cruise Select to ride on our comfortable three-deck vessel as you take a two-hour tour that shows you sights including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We also offer shorter tours that last an hour and 15 minutes, and cruises depart in the late morning and afternoon every day of the week.

Book a ticket for one of our three cruise options online now for exclusive discounts. Do you want to see more of New York beyond the water? Consider booking one of our popular All City passes, which include a Liberty Cruise Express or Liberty Cruise Select boat tour as well as double-decker bus tours of the city’s most famous sights and a bike rental to help you see them up close!

Can’t wait to learn more One World Trade Center facts and find out everything you’d ever want to know about some of the city’s most popular attractions? It’s simple when you book a cruise or package with Liberty Cruise NYC! We hope to see you soon.

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