View from the Top Floor of 1 WTC Almost Looks Like Saul Steinberg’s Famous New Yorker Cover

  • Earlier today, Jordan Barowitz, the Durst Organization’s director of external affairs, snapped a photo from the top floor of 1 World Trade Center, which his firm is helping the Port Authority to lease. The view from the 102nd floor rather reminded us of a certain iconic magazine cover.

    The space, by the way, is still available for lease, for those so enticed.

    Speaking of the top of the World Trade Center: last week, while the rest of us were busy hustling out of town for Thanksgiving, some pieces of the spire that will crown the city’s tallest tower (for now) set sail on a barge from Valleyfield, Quebec, where they were fabricated. It’s the first real look at the spire in real life, and those steel beams sort of force the question: is that really anything more than a glorified antenna?

    Update: The 102nd floor is not for lease, as it is one of the upper floors that will be used for an observation deck/restaurant/vertigo-inducing tourist trap. Which is kind of good news because it means we will all be able to enjoy the space—for a price, just like at the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock. The top-most office floor is floor 93 (there are a number of mechanical floors between that and the observation extravaganza on three floors, though there are also some floors missing).

  • The view from the 102nd floor. Looks familiar, don't it?

  • Complete with skyscrapers in the middle ground.

  • Meanwhile, the spire that will sit atop 1 World Trade was loaded onto a boat and sailed down East Coast last week from Quebec. It was headed for the Port of Newark.

  • The view from the barge was almost as nice as it was from the top of 1 World Trade.

  • These eight pieces weigh between five and 67 tons. The remaining 10 pieces of the spire, which are lighter, are being trucked down from Canada.