NYC: Bittersweet opening of One World Trade Center

13 years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, that destroyed the original World Trade Center buildings, One World Trade Center was officially opened on November 3, 2014. The $3.9 billion, 104 stories tall skyscraper overlooks the National September 11 Memorial Museum and the memorial plaza’s reflecting pools in the footprint of the Twin Towers.
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One World Trade Center, which opens today, is reflected in a window on November 3, 2014 in New York City. The skyscraper is 104 stories tall and cost $3.9 billion; it opens more than 13 years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, destroyed the original World Trade Center buildings. Officials say the building is currently at 60% occupancy, with Conde Nast as one of the first major tenants to move in. (Getty Images)
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People walk past One World Trade Center, which opens today, on November 3, 2014 in New York City. The skyscraper is 104 stories tall and cost $3.9 billion; it opens more than 13 years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, destroyed the original World Trade Center buildings. Officials say the building is currently at 60% occupancy, with Conde Nast as one of the first major tenants to move in. (Getty Images)
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People walk past One World Trade Center, which opens today, on November 3, 2014 in New York City. The skyscraper is 104 stories tall and cost $3.9 billion; it opens more than 13 years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, destroyed the original World Trade Center buildings. Officials say the building is currently at 60% occupancy, with Conde Nast as one of the first major tenants to move in. (Getty Images)
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Members of the media explore a model office, used to exhibit what a business space could look like on the 63rd floor of One World Trade Center, which opens for business today, on November 3, 2014 in New York City. The skyscraper is 104 stories tall and cost $3.9 billion; it opens more than 13 years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, destroyed the original World Trade Center buildings. Officials say the building is currently at 60% occupancy, with Conde Nast as one of the first major tenants to move in. (Getty Images)
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The view from the 63rd floor of One World Trade Center, which opens for business today, is seen on November 3, 2014 in New York City. The skyscraper is 104 stories tall and cost $3.9 billion; it opens more than 13 years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, destroyed the original World Trade Center buildings. Officials say the building is currently at 60% occupancy, with Conde Nast as one of the first major tenants to move in. (Getty Images)
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Patrick Foye, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, speaks at a press conference announcing the opening of One World Trade Center on November 3, 2014 in New York City. The skyscraper is 104 stories tall and cost $3.9 billion; it opens more than 13 years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, destroyed the original World Trade Center buildings. Officials say the building is currently at 60% occupancy, with Conde Nast as one of the first major tenants to move in. (Getty Images)
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Steven Plate, Director of World Trade Center construction for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, speaks at a press conference announcing the opening of One World Trade Center on November 3, 2014 in New York City. The skyscraper is 104 stories tall and cost $3.9 billion; it opens more than 13 years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, destroyed the original World Trade Center buildings. Officials say the building is currently at 60% occupancy, with Conde Nast as one of the first major tenants to move in. (Getty Images)
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Developer Douglas Durst speaks at a press conference announcing the opening of One World Trade Center on November 3, 2014 in New York City. The skyscraper is 104 stories tall and cost $3.9 billion; it opens more than 13 years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, destroyed the original World Trade Center buildings. Officials say the building is currently at 60% occupancy, with Conde Nast as one of the first major tenants to move in. (Getty Images)