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World Trade Center observatory gives visitors views of NYC from 1,250 feet

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Manhattan is seen from One World Observatory on the 100th floor of One World Trade Center at the Ground Zero site on April 2, 2013, in New York City. One World Observatory, which is situated more than 1,250 feet over lower Manhattan, will open to the public in 2015 and will include a pre-show theater, multiple spaces that allow for panoramas of the New York City region and numerous dining options. When completed, One World Trade Center will be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 1,776 feet.

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The Empire State Building is visible behind in the distance as a worker cleans the windows of the 100th floor observation deck in One World Trade Center before a press conference in New York, on April 2.

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Pedestrians cross the street in lower Manhattan as seen from One World Observatory on the 100th floor of One World Trade Center at the Ground Zero site on April 2, in New York City.

 

The observation deck at One World Trade Center will not open until 2015 but the tower's developers are offering a glimpse of what they call the guest experience.

The observation deck will occupy the tower's 100th through 102nd floors. Elevators will whisk visitors to the top in just one minute but the experience of visiting the attraction will take an hour. Continue reading.

--The Associated Press

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Members of the media are reflected in the windows of the 100th floor observation deck in the One World Trade Center in New York, on April 2.

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The rising sun hits the side of One World Trade Center as it stands among other buildings in New York, on April 2.

A computer animation depicts what the New York observation deck will look like when it opens in 2015. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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