One World Trade Center
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- One World Trade Center (also known as "Freedom Tower") is New York's tallest building at 140 stories tall. It's now the tallest building on the Western Hemisphere as well taking the spot from at least as of 2013.
- The site is of course the former home of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed on September 11th. The site is actually comprised of a cluster of buildings, with three other shorter high rise buildings surrounding the main skyscraper. Most of the tower is dedicated to office space, including the large office of New York publisher Condé Nast.
- Do you know why One World Trade Center is 1,776 feet tall? The spire on the top was built to reach that very specific number to reference America's independence day which was in 1776, another reason people still sometimes refer to it as 'Freedom Tower' despite of the fact that its official name is One World Trade Center.
- National September 11 Memorial & Museum is located just south of the main tower, and is open to the public. There are two beautiful memorial fountains surrounded by trees, which act as the main focal point to the memorial. Inside there's an exhibit that contains artifacts and educational videos about the event. You can pre-arrange tickets to visit either online or over the phone for a $2.00 USD fee. You can obtain tickets in person for no fee, but admission is on a first come, first serve basis and since the memorial is run by volunteers they entry doesn't run as smoothly as some other attractions. There is also a very strict security process so make sure you give yourself a lot of time.
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Address: 90 West St. (Corner of Albany Street) New York, NY 10006
Hours:10am – 7pm
Price: Suggested donation $5.00 USD