We visited the 9-11 Memorial during our stay in New York last June and I took several pictures of most of the buildings in the area, including this one which will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.
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One World Trade Center is the same address as the North Tower that was destroyed on September 11, 2001. When the new building, originally called the Freedom Tower, was completed in 2014 it became the fourth tallest building in the world but since then it has been surpassed by two new Asian skyscrapers, one in China and the other in South Korea. It is still the tallest building in the western hemisphere, standing high at 1776 feet.
The strange-looking building in the foreground is a railway/ subway station called the Oculus and is where New Jersey PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) trains connect to the New York City subway system. It opened its doors in March of last year but when we visited there were still no stores on the upper levels of the new Westfield World Trade Center mall. It’s the largest shopping mall in Manhattan but I guess most of the stores are on lower levels.
The Oculus was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to resemble a dove in flight but some critics insist that it looks more like a whale’s tail!
I’ll have more photos of both the Oculus and One World Trade Center in future postings about our New York trip.
Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Visit her website on Wednesdays (Tuesdays in North America and Europe) to see what Leanne and other photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days. Leanne always has a specific theme for the first week of every month. Next week’s theme will be graffiti or street art.