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New mall set to open downtown on Tuesday in world’s most expensive train station

New mall set to open downtown on Tuesday in world’s most expensive train station

Say what you will about the new World Train Center Transportation Hub, but at least it has an Apple Store. 

In March, the Oculus—the new World Trade Center Transportation Hub— opened its doors, welcoming puzzled New Yorkers into its mesmerizing, somewhat bizarre interior, which resembles something out of Star Trek. Originally set to open in 2009, the Godzilla-esque structure was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and cost taxpayers $4 billion, making it the world's most expensive train station. With connections to 13 MTA lines and the PATH lines, the station is not expected to bring it too much traffic (an estimated 200,000 passengers in comparison to Penn Station's 600,000), but it is guaranteed to lure in tourists and locals who love shopping.

The Westfield World Trade Center is set to open a whopping 112 stores over the next year, but on Tuesday, it will unveil most of its greatest hits, including H&M, Banana Republic, Aesop, John Varvatos, Kate Spade, Boss Hugo Boss, and, blessedly, a brand new Apple Store. 

The stores open on Tuesday at noon as part of the Center's Opening Day festivities, which include a 9/11 commemoration ceremony, a performance by the cast of Broadway's School of Rock, free pasta-making classes at Eataly and more. You can learn more here

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3 comments
Jerry. T

We, as New Yorkers, deserve a place like this – an uplifting place full of light and life. I wish it was not for shopping. 

John G

How about building something useful for the community. Who cares about the Apple store and other useless shops? Go there, buy something nice so you can look good when you go into some other shopping mall.

Edward M

Another huge NY boondoggle.  Who is responsible for this horrendous waste and why are they not in prison for such poor judgement, bad taste and unnecessary expenditure?  This place should be an ice skating rink.  New York does not like malls and especially malls built at the public expense (MTA?).  Would have been far, far wiser to simply have preserved Pennsylvania Station.  Now, there was a train station worthy of the name.  I've been to this Oculus and probably will never go again, except to show visiting tourists another white elephant.