New WTC Elevators Feature A Time Lapse of NYC Being Built

September 10, 2015 at 3:41 pm

On the 14th anniversary of the terrible attack on our country and the downing of the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial remains a steadfast tribute to those killed and the brave men and women who served the city that day.

As a testament to the resilience and strength of our city, the Freedom Tower now soars high above the skyline, with an observatory that provides an expansive view of the island. But the building’s latest attraction may be one of the city’s least known and most amazing features.

Enter the Freedom Tower Elevator. Starting at the very beginning of New York’s history in the year 1500, the elevator ride takes us through hundreds of years through the present. Visitors can watch how the skyline appears and the city grows before their eyes. After 47 seconds, riders reach the top – the 102nd floor of the Freedom Tower.

Rafael Pi Roman discusses the inside story of the elevator with Michael Arad, designer of the 9/11 Memorial, “Reflecting Absence,” and New York Times reporter David Dunlap, who covered this amazing ride through New York’s history.