Amazing sneak peek at the World Trade Centre observation deck’s stunning New York outlook

Your mind is still trying to process the video history lesson that somehow manages to squeeze 515 years into 48 seconds.

Then the elevator doors open to the new World Trade Centre observation deck, and your eyes soak in something they weren’t quite expecting: darkness, a quiet darkness, as if you’ve ascended into outer space.

When your eyes finally focus, you are moved into another room to see a row of display panels showing three-dimensional bird’s-eye video scenes of the mighty metropolis.

On top ... a visitor to One World Observatory looks over Manhattan, atop the 104-storey O

On top … a visitor to One World Observatory looks over Manhattan, atop the 104-storey One World Trade Centre. Picture: AP Photo

The panels then lift to reveal New York City as it stands right now, in all its bustling beauty.

Visitors to the new observation deck will be treated to breathtaking views of old and new from a perch and perspective that haven’t existed for nearly 15 years since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Remarkable view ... the Financial District and the spot of one of the original Twin Tower

Remarkable view … the Financial District and the spot of one of the original Twin Towers, now a memorial, is seen from the observatory at One World Trade Centre. Picture: AP Photo

Crossings ... this sort of view of New York hasn’t been possible since the horrific destr

Crossings … this sort of view of New York hasn’t been possible since the horrific destruction of the original Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Picture: AFP Photo

While the vista is similar to the one that existed atop the Twin Towers, the new perch is a recognition of how much has changed since 9/11.

“This is a reminder of moving forward,” David Checketts, the CEO of Legends, which operates the $86 million observatory atop the 104-story Freedom Tower, remarked.

“The World Trade Center got knocked down and we built it back up.”

Quick history ... a time-lapsed view of New York seen through the years is viewed from th

Quick history … a time-lapsed view of New York seen through the years is viewed from the Sky Pod Elevator. Picture: AFP PHOTO

Interactive ... media stand on the Sky Portal, a 4.2 metre wide disc that delivers high-d

Interactive … media stand on the Sky Portal, a 4.2 metre wide disc that delivers high-definition footage from the street below. Picture: AFP PHOTO

The observation deck opens for business to the general public May 29. What you’ll get is a splendid panoramic look at the city.

The four directions are marked on the black terrazzo floor. The walls are bare and all is painted white to ensure the view is the focus.

What a view ... the official public opening of the observation deck is May 29. Picture: A

What a view … the official public opening of the observation deck is May 29. Picture: AFP PHOTO

On the main, 100th level, two huge 12-foot circles called City Pulse are manned by interactive concierges.

A rebirth ... the City Pulse ring is one of the interactive features that’s part of the o

A rebirth … the City Pulse ring is one of the interactive features that’s part of the observation deck. Picture: AFP Photo

“It’s a rebirth; it means that — particularly for downtown — we’re back 100 per cent,” according to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who got a sneak peak Wednesday.

“This building had to be done in a very particular way, and it’s safe and it’s secure and it’s absolutely beautiful.”

The view from the top of the world

Stunning view … the New York skyline as soon from the top of One World Trade Centre. Picture: AFP Photo

The three-level complex has 360-degree views that stretch from Westchester and Rockland counties to New Jersey, Brooklyn and Long Island and, of course, New York Harbour.

Lady Liberty ... a unique perspective of the Statue of Liberty, as seen from the observat

Lady Liberty … a unique perspective of the Statue of Liberty, as seen from the observation deck of the new World Trade Centre. Picture: AFP Photo

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