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  1. #14446


    The antenna and ring badly needs some broadcasting equipment. It looks naked up there.

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    In one of the last renderings it looked like just a nice little ring of satellite dishes. That looks like a stadium up there.

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  4. #14449


    Andrew D. M. Parke on Facebook
    May 7, 2015

    Western plaza is now open:

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    New York Times
    May 10, 2015

    Elevator’s Descent at Trade Center Will Offer a Virtual Aerial View


    Video: Sky Pods Whisk Riders Through Skyline

    It just soared.

    On huge high-definition screens, 515 years of Lower Manhattan history unfolded in 48 seconds, as if one were rocketing through time in a glass-walled elevator. That was the video posted by The New York Times on April 19, showing the ride up to the observatory at 1 World Trade Center, which opens on May 29.

    In real life, each of the five One World Observatory elevators holds 15 people. Online, however, thousands of people were able to take the ride. It resonated with readers and became a sensation on social media. Almost everyone was astonished by the realism and the fidelity of the presentation, designed for Legends Hospitality by the Hettema Group and Blur Studio.

    However, The Times’s astute readers were also quick to quibble. They were particularly upset to find the Brooklyn Bridge rising in the early 1820s, 60 years ahead of schedule.

    A spokeswoman for Legends said the company appreciated the popular interest in pinpoint accuracy but believed that most visitors would understand the need for some artistic license when using 35,000 images to portray 2,000 historical milestones across five centuries — in less than a minute.

    For the trip down, Legends hopes not to disappoint visitors who have taken in the real view from 1,268 feet. During the descent, the glass-walled cab seems to slip out of 1 World Trade Center entirely and float earthward in a great arc before re-entering the building through windows that slide open to receive it.

    The designers worked hard not to conjure images of a jetliner crashing into the tower, going so far as to build a full-scale mock-up of the elevator cab in Blauvelt, N.Y., last summer. “I think we’ve handled it with sensitivity,” said David W. Checketts, the chairman and chief executive of Legends.

    Visitors can judge for themselves soon. Meanwhile, what went up on April 19 now comes down.

    2015 The New York Times Company
    Last edited by BigMac; May 11th, 2015 at 02:31 PM.

  6. #14451


    Those streaks of dirt alongside the southeast face where they recently washed the windows are unsightly, but necessary.

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  8. #14453
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    Exclamation FIRST DIBS Observation Deck

    If anyone is interested in getting first crack at the observation deck, there are special invitation previews opening on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday next week. Also special price of $17

    If anyone is interested email me <expired> and I will hook you up
    Last edited by GordonGecko; May 26th, 2015 at 10:39 AM.

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    Orlando Sentinel
    May 18, 2015

    'CBS This Morning' goes atop One World Trade Center

    By Hal Boedeker

    If you haven't been watching "CBS This Morning," Wednesday would be a good day to look in on this growing program.

    Hosts Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell will broadcast live from One World Observatory, which is atop One World Trade Center in New York City.

    Wednesday is also the final day of the May ratings period, so "CBS This Morning" could get a ratings boost. The program will visit the 102nd-floor space, which opens to the public May 29.

    The guests at One World Observatory will include New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and CNN's Anderson Cooper, who also contributes to CBS' "60 Minutes."

    "We're excited to reveal this spectacular space," "CBS This Morning" executive producer Chris Licht said in a statement. "It is a true symbol of how far New York City has come since 9/11, and we're privileged to be able to take our viewers there."

    CBS' Anthony Mason will tour the site with David Checketts, chairman and CEO of Legends Hospitality. The program also speaks to neighborhood residents and business owners about the area's comeback since the 2001 terrorist attacks.

    In addition, the program features a Rose interview with Oscar-winner George Clooney, whose "Tomorrowland" opens Friday. That Disney adventure was filmed partially in Central Florida.

    Clooney should do good things for the ratings. But "CBS This Morning" is connecting with viewers because of the hosts' pleasing teamwork, the smart talk and the program's low-key style, which is easy to take in the morning. "CBS This Morning" is up 10 percent in viewers from a year ago and its 25-to-54 audience has grown 13 percent in the same period.

    Copyright 2015, Orlando Sentinel
    Last edited by BigMac; May 18th, 2015 at 11:47 PM.

  10. #14455


    May 19, 2015

    Cartridge World Re-Opens at One World Trade Center

    Global Printing Solutions Company is First Pre-9/11 Business Tenant to Return to Manhattan Landmark

    MCHENRY, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cartridge World, the world’s leading franchisor in the office supply industry, once again is operating business out of One World Trade Center. On May 1, Greg Carafello, Master Franchisee for the global retailer and 9/11 survivor, became the first 9/11 business tenant to reopen his office in one of the most celebrated buildings in the country.

    Carafello’s operations were completely destroyed during the 9/11 tragedy, but later that same week he moved all operations to his New Jersey location and kept his business operating until 2004. Later that year, he opened his first Cartridge World location. Thirteen years later, as a Master Franchisee for Cartridge World, Carafello turned his one-store operation into 58 locations in four states.

    “The reopening of One World Trade Center shows the perseverance of our great city, and moving our operations back into the building marks a very special day for us,” said Carafello. “I am thrilled to be back in the World Trade Center; Cartridge World will flourish in this environment. The business energy is unlike anything I have ever felt.”

    Carafello says Cartridge World is a different retailer than the competition. “The office superstores sell printing products. Cartridge World is one-stop-shop to help businesses find the right printing solutions. This includes everything from installing and maintaining printers to delivering cartridges and supplies. We are laser-focused on delivering solutions that save time and money,” added Carafello.

    Cartridge World’s printing services are designed for business efficiency. They offer high-performance printers that use high-capacity cartridges, saving money with every page printed. Plus, they offer:

    • Online ordering tools and software to monitor printer performance

    • On-call certified service engineers

    • Special pricing, recycling services and printer programs for business customers

    • Fixed monthly-fee printing services

    • Free next-day delivery of printing supplies

    “There are more than 2 million small businesses in New York,” added Carafello. “If we can help each one save $1,000 on printing, we’ll put $2 billion back in their pockets.” To find your local Cartridge World location, visit

    Cartridge World is the leading ink and toner retailer and franchisor in the $80 billion printer cartridge industry. Stores offer customers a tremendous cost-saving alternative to printing, offering a 30-percent discount over full-priced OEM cartridges and a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee. Cartridge World has more than 1,000 franchised retail locations in over 50 countries. For information about Cartridge World products or franchise opportunities visit For the complete Top 100 Global Franchises ranking report please visit:

    2015 Business Wire

  11. #14456


    CBS This Morning on Instagram
    May 19, 2015

  12. #14457


    New York Times
    May 20, 2015

    Early Views From New World Trade Center Observatory


    Slide Show: The View From the Top of 1 World Trade

    With a step-right-up showmanship that does credit to the memory of P. T. Barnum, Legends Hospitality lifted the curtain a bit higher this week on its three-level, $32-a-head observatory near the top of 1 World Trade Center.

    Everything about the design of One World Observatory and the publicity campaign leading up to its May 29 opening is meant to whet the public’s anticipation of a trip that might otherwise be difficult — if not impossible — for some people to make, either because of the cost or because of the emotional trauma that clings to the site.

    Trying to set the stage to best advantage, Legends gave tours this week to several news organizations, including The New York Times, on the condition that they would not publish their accounts until Wednesday.

    This reporter’s tour, led by David W. Checketts, the chairman and chief executive of Legends, occurred during heavy fog. So it is impossible to verify the observatory’s “See Forever” motto. At first, people were lucky to see much farther than Fulton Street.

    However, it is possible to say that the windows in the new tower offer far wider panoramas (even of the fog) than those of the old trade center observatory, which were divided into deep, narrow bays between columns. And an interactive mobile tablet, rentable for $15, makes orientation easy no matter the weather, as the screen clearly depicts and annotates whatever part of the skyline one is facing.

    It is also possible to caution acrophobes in advance about the 14-foot-diameter “sky portal,” which looks as if it is suspended over the streets below, like the Ledge at Willis Tower in Chicago. The portal’s glass floor is actually looking down on two dozen high-definition screens carrying a live feed from cameras mounted at the base of the building’s spire. But the illusion is unnervingly convincing.

    And it does not seem far-fetched to predict that the bar seats facing the Hudson River on the 101st floor may soon be among the most coveted in New York, though Steve Cuozzo, the restaurant critic at The New York Post, has complained that one cannot dine or drink there without paying the admission fee, because the 60-seat steakhouse and the more casual 100-seat cafe and bar and grill are within the observatory.

    (In the original World Trade Center, the Windows on the World restaurant was in the north tower. The observatory, which included an open-air rooftop deck, was in the south tower. There is no outdoor deck at One World Observatory.)

    The fog compelled us to focus on the design of the observatory, which Legends, as the operator and developer, created with the architectural firm Montroy Andersen DeMarco and designers and producers at the Hettema Group and Blur Studio.

    Legends will not disclose the cost of the project. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which selected Legends as the operator, expects to receive about $875 million over the 15-year contract term, Erica Dumas, a spokeswoman, said.

    Mr. Checketts said he expected annual attendance to run from three million to four million visitors.

    Last month, prosecutors asked the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for records that could shed light on whether politics played a role in the choice of Legends, given the friendship between Jerry Jones, one of the owners of the company, and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a Republican, who controls the authority along with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, a Democrat.

    Ms. Dumas said, “Legends was selected following a highly competitive public procurement process with multiple bidders.”

    And Mr. Checketts said, “It was an enormously competitive process, and we conducted ourselves in every way above reproach.”

    “One of the reasons we won the bid was our plan to build this space beautifully,” he added.

    Though its primary audience is tourists, Legends has evidently paid attention to ever-attentive and critical New Yorkers.

    A video posted by The Times on April 19 showed the panorama of Lower Manhattan’s history that visitors will see on their 48-second elevator ride to the observatory. Readers noted that a gauge in the elevator incorrectly indicated that the Brooklyn Bridge was being constructed in the 1820s. The error has been fixed.

    Aesthetically, the observatory is appropriately understated, given that the show is on the outside. The walls are of white-oak veneer and the floors are in black terrazzo, with enormous and helpful compass points inlaid at each corner. Calming music composed by Brian Yessian plays in the background.

    The 102nd floor, by far the most restrained, is principally to serve as rented event space. The main public observation area is on the 100th floor. Visitors may stay as long as they wish, Mr. Checketts said. But of course, they cannot leave without passing through the gift shop. The most expensive souvenir is a $200 crystal model of 1 World Trade Center.

    While waiting to board the five elevators, visitors will see and hear the voices and faces of those who built the skyscraper, including Steven Plate, the director of World Trade Center construction for the Port Authority.

    “You look out, and on a clear day, you can actually see the curvature of the Earth,” Mr. Plate says, adding with a laugh, “So, other than that, there’s nothing to see.”

    In truth, one has to be quite a bit higher than 1,268 feet to discern the curvature of the Earth. But One World Observatory is about showmanship, after all.

    2015 The New York Times Company

  13. #14458
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    So anyone been up there yet? If so, impressions? Plan on going in June when their is a clear day...

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    It doesn't open until the 29th. The only ones who have been up there in the last few weeks are news crews, and George Clooney.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtolman View Post
    So anyone been up there yet? If so, impressions? Plan on going in June when their is a clear day...
    I was there yesterday at noon. It was very nicely done, but as expected going in I was somewhat underwhelmed. It's not the same without the outdoor access, and you start on the 102th floor but that's just a small landing spot on your way to the escalator down and the main level is actually floor 100. It's run by the Yankees so there's a lot of similar design as the Legends club at Yankee Stadium but no Yankees branding whatsoever. There is a cafe, bar and restaurant, if you like $5 muffins and $15 cocktails of course

    You can enter through West Street at street level or through the PATH tunnel to World Financial underground

    If anyone wants to go today or tomorrow, here is a special invitation link for $18 tickets:
    <edit: expired link>
    Last edited by GordonGecko; May 26th, 2015 at 10:38 AM.

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