Watch a Timelapse Video Showing the Creation of New York City’s Skyline: 1500 to Present

Next month, when you step into one of the “five spe­cial ele­va­tors ser­vic­ing the obser­va­to­ry atop the new 1 World Trade Cen­ter,” you will get a pret­ty great view. Though it’s not the view you might ini­tial­ly imag­ine. The New York Times describes what you’ll see:

From the moment the doors close until they reopen 47 sec­onds lat­er on the 102nd floor, a seem­ing­ly three-dimen­sion­al time-lapse panora­ma will unfold on three walls of the ele­va­tor cabs, as if one were wit­ness­ing 515 years of his­to­ry unfold­ing at the tip of Man­hat­tan Island.

For less than four sec­onds, [the Twin Tow­ers dev­as­tat­ed on 9/11] will loom into view on one wall of the cab. Then, in a quick dis­solve, they will evanesce.

The time­lapse ani­ma­tion, shown in a small­er for­mat above, was designed by the Het­tema Group in Pasade­na, CA, and Blur Stu­dio of Cul­ver City, CA. Hope you enjoy the ear­ly pre­view.

h/t Robin

via NYTimes

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  • Sergio says:

    Not exact­ly accu­rate — the Brook­lyn Bridge was not con­struct­ed until the 1880s. Should­n’t be show­ing up around 1820s. Also, there seems to be a 20 sto­ry build­ing down­town around the 1820s. Not sure if that is accu­rate too. Doubt it

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