It has been a little more than 5 months since the first tenant has moved into the brand new One World Trade Center building in New York City. One of the cool new features about the new tower is the 3D elevator that takes you through over 500 years of history in seconds.

One of the most erie points in this video happens at around the 0:30 mark. You can briefly see the image of the pinstripe facade of one of the twin towers that was attacked in 2001. It is shown from the time the twin towers were built until the tragic attacks of September 11th. According to an article on The New York Times website,

There would have been no way around Sept. 11, 2001, said David W. Checketts, the chairman and chief executive of Legends Hospitality, the company chosen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2013 to operate the three-level observatory.

“The event is certainly a key part of history,” he 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.”

Even though the image is eerie and ghostlike, it is a part of history and I feel it was important to keep it in there. I think of it as more of a memorial than anything. None the less, this time lapse experience is truly amazing. The elevator travels about 2,000 feet a minute and to get to the Observatory Deck, it will cost an adult $32 admission.

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