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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