Top of the world! Take a ‘peak’ at new WTC’s viewing deck

By Josh Margolin New York Post

Renderings show what to expect from the new World Trade Center’s panoramic observation deck, set to open in 2015.

Renderings show what to expect from the new World Trade Center’s panoramic observation deck, set to open in 2015.

It will soon be New York City’s highest point — and a fitting tribute to the Big Apple.

The Port Authority yesterday unveiled the state-of-the-art observation deck at the top of the new 1 World Trade Center, 1,250 feet above Ground Zero.

The three-story indoor deck, to be called “One World Observatory,” will offer visitors breath-taking, panoramic, floor-to-ceiling views of the five boroughs, New Jersey and Westchester.

The deck will occupy the still-under-construction skyscraper’s 100th, 101st and 102nd floors.

Officials are set to sign a 15-year deal with Legends Hospitality Management to run the area.

Gov. Cuomo hailed the pact as a milestone in “the continued rebirth of lower Manhattan.”

Staten Island native Jennifer Watson, 34, visiting Ground Zero yesterday, hailed the news.

“You’re still going to think about [9/11] whether you’re up there or down here, but if you’re up there, you can have a feeling of power over what happened,” she said.

Others were more reticent.

“Just walking by [the site] every day is hard for me,” said Andrea Peart, 46, of  the Bronx, who has worked across the street from Ground Zero since before 9/11 and admitted that she wouldn’t go up to the observation deck. “The trauma is very real.”

“I was actually outside before the second plane hit. I saw people running, on the ground, bleeding.”

The projected $62 million deck is due to open in 2015, a year after tenants start moving into 1 WTC.

Unlike the Twin Towers’ observatory, which topped the WTC’s Tower 2 before 9/11, the new attraction will not include an outdoor deck because of infrastructure needed to support the antennas being installed above it.

Additional reporting by Elizabeth Hagen

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