Photos: The view from the 100th floor of One World Trade Center

TONY got an exclusive sneak peek at One World Trade Center—check out what it's like to see the city from the top of its tallest building

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    The view east, as seen from the 100th floor of One World Trade Center

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    One World Trade Center

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    Buildings reflected in the facade of One World Trade Center

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    The lobby of One World Trade Center

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    The view north from the 63rd floor of One World Trade Center

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    The 63rd floor of One World Trade Center

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    Eastern view from the 100th floor of One World Trade Center

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    4 World Trade Center, as well as other buildings, as seen from the 100th floor of One World Trade Center

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    The 63rd floor of One World Trade Center

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    The 100th floor (and future site of the observatory) of One World Trade Center

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    Lower Manhattan as seen from the 100th floor of One World Trade Center

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    Inscriptions left by the workers at One World Trade Center

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The view east, as seen from the 100th floor of One World Trade Center

When you're used to seeing New York from the ground up, suddenly finding yourself on eye level with skyscrapers—hell, above those skyscrapers—can be extremely disconcerting. The view from the top of One World Trade Center is just that (and if you're afraid of heights at all, it'll give you a massive case of vertigo); but it's also awesome, breathtaking and even quite moving. TONY got a peek behind the scenes at the still-under-construction building, which is slated to have occupants (including Condé Nast, which will be the anchor tenant) move in later this year. Here's what we saw from the 63rd and 100th floors.


Getting to the point where there actually is a nearly finished One World Trade Center hasn't been easy. Despite the fact that the official ground-breaking happened in 2006, it's only in the past few years that an actual structure has taken shape. (Thank the usual problems—budget problems, security concerns and disagreements over the design of the tower—for the delay.) The building topped out at its maximum height—1,776 feet—last April.


Still, there's much to do before 1 WTC is ready for occupancy: There are agreements with possible tenants to be made, and offices to construct. Additionally, the World Trade Center site (including the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, as well as the new transportation hub) is still under construction, with the goal of making the entire space more open to the public.


To get to the top, we first took a super-speedy elevator to the 63rd floor, and then a slightly pokier freight up to the 100th floor. From the higher space, you can see as far north as Greenwich, Connecticut, and out to the beaches of Long Island if you look due east. At that level, it's impossible to lose sight of exactly where you are, and what it took to get there. But it's also awe-inspiring to see landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge or the Statue of Liberty as teeny little specks.


And soon enough, this view will be available for everyone: The 100th floor is also the site of the forthcoming One World Observatory, tentatively scheduled to open in the spring of 2015. But until then, enjoy these stunning aerial shots.



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