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One World Observatory Elevators Unveil 515-Year Time Lapse

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The 102nd-floor observatory in One World Trade Center, set to open on May 29, will feature some incredible views, and, the Times reports, those views will begin (albeit virtually) as soon as visitors step into the elevators. The walls of the elevators will feature a 47-second time lapse spanning 515 years of the Manhattan skyline from 1500 to the present day. Somewhat controversially, the time lapse includes, briefly, 2 World Trade Center, which was brought down on September 11. "The event is certainly a key part of history," the head of Legends Hospitality, the company that will run the observatory, said. "We did not think you could ignore it. Having it appear in the year it did and disappear in the year it did was the respectful way of addressing the fact that it was part of the landscape."


· On Time-Lapse Rocket Ride to Trade Center's Top, Glimpse of Doomed Tower [NYT]
· One World Trade Center coverage [Curbed]

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