New York Film Locations

One World Trade Center

12 September 2013

The One World Trade Center formerly called the Freedom Tower in lower Manhattan is almost complete and will boast an observation deck 1,362 feet above ground on the 105th floor and there will be a square glass parapet at 1,368 feet, the heights of the original Twin Towers. The 1,776-foot structural has taken several years to complete and is a fitting turbulent to the original Twin Towers, which had been featured in several films such as Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Remember Me, Trading Places and the 1976 version of King Kong, but what will be the first film that will actually use the interior of this new building?

The 2010 film, Wall Street 2 came close whilst filming a scene in the Winter Garden Atrium on Vesey Street, which overlooks the World Trade Center construction site. With work on the building almost complete, this surely will be a question going through Location Manager’s and Film Director’s minds.

During the construction of the 104-story building, EarthCam has been recording the process and to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks has released a time-lapsed video, which contains hundreds of thousands of high definition pictures taken by cameras positioned around the building site. The footprints of the fallen towers have been turned into a memorial to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the 2001 attacks by al-Qaeda hijackers. According to the Port Authority schedule, the tower is expected to open in late 2013, while some interior outfitting continues into 2014.


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