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Freedom Tower

Opened in November 2014, the One World Trade Center is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

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Listen carefully at night and you may hear a haunting howl emanating from Freedom Tower, as strong winds whistle through the lattice of the antenna that crowns the building

The Freedom Tower, formally known as the One World Trade Centre, is the rebuilt World Trade Centre in Lower Manhattan. Standing at 541m tall, with 104 stories, it is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world. In fact its height is a deliberate reference to the year when the United States Declaration of Independence was signed.


This is not the only symbolism to be found in the design of Freedom Tower. The tower’s footprint is equal to those of the twin towers, and the observation deck is at the same height as those of the former complex. However in the new design formidable safety precautions were taken: it includes a 200ft-high blast resistance base, covered with over 2000 pieces of prismatic glass, and 1m-thick concrete walls that protect all elevators, stairwells and communication and safety systems.


Cutting shapes

Designed by the architects David Childs and Daniel Libeskind, the tower stretches skywards with chamfered edges. Looking up from its base, this results in the impression of stacked isosceles triangles, like adjacent crescendos and diminuendos, that eventually meld with the sky.


Look on my works, ye mighty

Spanning floors 100 to 102 is the New World Observatory, which provides breathtaking, panoramic views of New York. Visitors are launched upwards in Sky Pod elevators that ascend 102 floors in less than 60 seconds. Immersive, LED technology in each pod display a virtual time-lapse of the development of New York’s skyline, from the 1500s to the present day. At the top, if you’re feeling brave, you can step out onto the Sky Portal, a 14-ft wide disc that provides a real-time high-definition view of the streets below.

Nearby Attractions

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National September 11 Memorial & Museum
A quieting tribute to the earth-shattering events of September 11, 2001.
Trinity Church
A venerable church in the Wall Street area, with a turbulent history and reported land holdings of over $2 billion.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
A major financial decision-maker, this bank played a key role in the authorities' reaction to the recent economic crisis.
City Hall Park
Common area outside City Hall that has seen been the site of many historic events
St Paul's Chapel
Episcopal Church that still has pew where George Washington prayed after his inauguration
New York City Hall
Fine 19th century building that hosts the Mayor’s office

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The past of New York is always close to the southern tip of Manhattan. From the legacy of Dutch settlers to the Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks in 2001, it remains a place at the forefront of the human story. Go with your own guide on a journey around the city’s historic heart.   

  • Learn about New Amsterdam in the Historic District of New York
  • See the best financial sights of Lower Manhattan, including Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange
  • Visit the National 9/11 Memorial and see how the tragic events of 2001 are remembered
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Your  tour  starts with the unpretentious tale of the early settlers to the city, from a sleepy Dutch trading post to the dazzling rise of the world's busiest financial capital. You will have the pleasure of visiting Stone Street in the Historic District before moving north, just as the settlers did.

As you make your way through Wall Street you will discover how an 18th century street bazaar would eventually become a center for global commerce. Your expert local guide will give you valuable behind the scenes insight into some of the world’s most powerful financial institutions, as you walk by New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall. Here you will see the spot where George Washington was inaugurated and enjoy the handsome Federal Reserve. There will also be a chance to pop into Trinity Church, which has roots dating back to 1697.
 
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Here your knowledgeable guide will tell you of the events leading up to the untimely destruction of the towers, as well as sharing some of the heart-wrenching stories of the families, survivors and 9/11 heroes. You will also visit St. Paul's Chapel, that miraculously survived the 9/11 attack. 
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Explore the Big Apple - from the bustling streets of Downtown Manhattan to the serenity of Central Park.  On this private tour you will:

  • See the best sights of Lower Manhattan, from the National 9/11 Memorial to St Paul’s Chapel
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  • Finish your tour gazing out on the city from the views from the Rockefeller Center

Your tour begins  at the National 9/11 Memorial and visit Ground Zero— the original site of the The World Financial Center. Here your guide will share with you the history of the World Trade Center and discuss the tragic events of 9/11. You will also visit Saint Paul's Chapel,  which was the base for rescue workers who heroically searched for survivors on that fateful day.

Next you will head towards  trendy Greenwich Village, home to over a century's worth of bohemians, artists, musicians, novelists, poets and intellectuals of New York City. From here you will take the subway to Wall Street in lower Manhattan, arguably the most important financial center of the world. You will learn about some of the most important moments in US history, from the swearing in of George Washington as the first American President, to the signing of the Buttonwood Agreement—the foundation of the New York Stock Exchange. 

Bright Lights

You will also have the opportunity to explore the gothic architecture of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, where writer F. Scott Fitzgerald was married. Then, you will walk to Grand Central Terminal, the most iconic transportation hub in the United States, with the beautiful celestial ceiling murals. 

Your guide will take you to Times Square in the midtown area to view the news ticker on the One Times Square Building, the NASDAQ board, and all the fluorescent neon advertisements. You will then venture to another icon of NYC—the Rockefeller Center. Here, your guide will give you your tickets for the Rockefeller Observation deck and part with you. Cap off your tour with  a breathtaking bird’s eye view of Manhattan and the rest of the Big Apple. 
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