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The New York Times has a video of what you’ll see when you take the elevators to the observatory atop One World Trade Center–and it’s pretty neat. An animated time lapse in all 5 elevators shows the development of the city’s skyline, from the 1500s to today from the perspective of your exact spot inside One World Trade Center. Immersive, floor to ceiling LED technology lines each elevator, and you’ll go from bedrock in the early 1500s to the natural shoreline of the early 1600s. But look closely, there seem to be some time errors in the 19th century.

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ANIMALNewYork has just released incredible new photographs of what the inside of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub is looking like inside. The last time we took a peek ourselves at the Santiago Calatrava designed hub was in August 2013, when we brought the then exciting Google Glass inside to film the construction. The construction has been notoriously costly (with budget cuts impacting the aesthetics in the end), though we still think it’ll be a unique architectural addition to New York City. According to Animal, the transit hub should be open by the end of 2015.

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Earlier this hour, Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young joined Paul Goldberger and Aaron Betsky on the HuffPostLive segment “The Missed Opportunity Of The World Trade Tower” with host Josh Zepps. The three guests discussed the architecture of compromise that led to the completed design, what happened to the original winning proposal, what the World Trade Center gets right, and where else in the world to look for great urbanism and architecture. Watch the video:

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A note from Untapped Cities founder, Michelle Young: 

9/11 happened on the first day of registration my sophomore year in college. I was sleeping and I remember hearing bounding footsteps in the hallway of our thinly-walled dorms at Harvard and someone saying that the World Trade Center had fallen. It seemed like something out of a crazy dream, so I kept on sleeping. I woke up to instant messages (remember those on AOL?) from New York, where I’m from. Friends at Columbia University had seen the whole thing happen from their skyscraper dorms in Morningside Heights. 

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In honor of 9/11, we’ve pulled together some of the most iconic and powerful images from the tragic event thirteen years ago that are available at Getty Images and the Library of Congress. If you’re in New York City today, there are many places where you can pay your respects, including these ten locations that won’t have you on lines at the World Trade Center site. (more…)

Today, we commemorate the tragedy of 9/11. This year marked the completion of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, but there are many powerful World Trade Center artifacts and memorials on display all around New York City. The city has far from forgotten the tragedy; New York has integrated the scar left on September 11th, 2001 into both the city’s structure and its spirit. In this piece, we trace how the World Trade Center has evolved from when the site was still under the Hudson River up to construction of 1 World Trade Center, the tallest building in NYC.

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