The History of New York City in a Two-Minute Elevator Ride


By usfndns / / At 102 floors, the elevator ride at 1 World Trade Center can seem long. Instead of bad print ads, elevator-optimized video ads or staring at the back of heads, the ride is handsomely paid off in the form of an animated time-lapse showing the evolution of the Manhattan skyline from the 1500s to the present day. Indicators show you how far you’ve traveled both in vertical feet and years as the animation unfolds. At around the 800 ft. mark (1963), you get a brief glimpse of the original north tower of the World Trade Center before it disappears a few minutes later when the clock reaches 2001. It’s fascinating and sad, and a smart use of the space and technology. See it at the New York Times. Via