Happy Holidays from the World Trade Center

  • On Monday, The Observer was atop the Standard for the launch party of ASAP. Dizzy with champagne, we did a double-take while waiting for the elevator on our way out. It was not the booze, but indeed the World Trade Center had been lit up for the holidays, just like last year. Now, with the towers taper in full-effect, it truly has begun to look like an over-sized Christmas Tree. (Perhaps the tallest in the world?)

    Just as last December, the fine folks at Five Star Electric, 1 World Trade Center’s electrical contractor, volunteered their time to affix different colored sconces to the work lights in the tower, creating the seasonal effect. According to a release from the Port Authority noting the lighting, the tower now stands at 90 stories, with 14 left to go, and it is visible from all five boroughs. The glass facade is well past the halfway mark, as well, at the 65th floor.

    We were not the only ones to notice the new lights. In addition to the Port Authority’s own camera-toting poet Joe Woolhead, a number of Flickr users have been inspired the past few days. Perhaps they will give you a reason besides Century 21 to head to ground zero this holiday season.

    mchaban [at] observer.com | @MC_NYC

  • The Port Authority's Joe Woolhead works his magic. (Joe Woolhead/PANYNJ)

  • The Observer gave it our best shot from the Standard Monday night. (Matt Chaban)

  • Check out the view from ground zero, and the reflection in 7 World Trade Center. (Blue Voter/Flickr)

  • The colors show against a dark sky. (hungryK9/Flickr)

  • Checking in on the tree in Greenwich Village. (wwward0/Flickr)

  • A stunning shot from Brooklyn Bridge Park. (joe3292/Flickr)