One World Trade Center Observatory

Next year, visitors to New York City will be able to ride one of the world’s fastest elevators, ascending 102 floors in 60 seconds, to One World Trade Center’s observatory. The observatory will feature a 360-degree view of the city, dining options, a gift shop, event space, interactive exhibits and the “See Forever” theater where visitors can watch a movie about the city. To receive updates, sign up at the official website: Watch this video to get a virtual tour of the attraction from start to finish.

One World Trade Center and Strange Sounds

When it gets windy in Lower Manhattan, residents report hearing an eerie, high-pitched sound from the top of One World Trade Center.  This made national news a few months ago when the strange sounds were first reported by residents during Hurricane Sandy and then again in late November.  We all know that high winds can produce weird sounds.  Especially on tall structures.  However, I will let you draw your own conclusions as to what might be the cause by viewing the videos below.

Well, apparently it is not just the Lower Manhattan area that has been experiencing these sounds.  A little research on YouTube produced dozens of videos taken around the world with the same type of sound.  Many of the videos were taken in wooded areas nowhere near tall structures.  I have posted a video compilation of some of them below.  Maybe I should have waited for Halloween to post this video!  Special note:  If there’s something strange in your neighborhood I know who you can call.

Photos of the Week

Here are some great photos of the finishing touches on the new One World Trade Center (New York).  Photos are credited to the  Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.


Working above 1,700 feet in the air! Ironworkers install final sections on top of One WTC, May 2013


Workers install 3 communications rings on top of One WTC,which will bring back broadcast capabilities to Lower Manhattan.”



Ironworkers courageously guide spire sections 17 and 18 into place.”


Final 2 pieces of #OneWTC spire sit next to previously installed sections.
When connected, One WTC will stand 1776 ft.



The WTC site.


Ironworkers at #OneWTC look on as the final flag-draped section of spire is hoisted to the top of the building.