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The Oculus

Pose for an iconic New York photo at one of the city’s most talked-about landmarks, a striking retail space and work of art that was 12 years in the making.

Enter the World Trade Center Transportation Hub via the magnificent Oculus, the street-level building and structure that offers access to the hub as well as to a vast shopping and dining space. See for yourself the remarkable structure that took 12 years to create, and was troubled by setbacks along the way. Snap a selfie against one of New York City’s favorite backdrops, the unmistakable sweeping white roof of the Oculus.

Decide for yourself whether the Oculus looks more like a rising dove or a pair of grasping claws, just two of the things the sculptural building has been compared to. It was designed by famed Spanish architect and artist Santiago Calatrava, who envisioned the structure as a pair of wings.

The symbolic importance of the Oculus is very great, since it stands on the site of the 2011 World Trade Center attack. Learn more about this tragedy and pay your respects at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, located on site. It is partly because of the pressure to get this new building just right that it took so long to finish, although the project was also held back by other problems along the way, such as damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Step inside the building and see how its interior is every bit as impressive as its outside. Look up and see the bright white rib-like structures that form the ceiling. These ribs are separated by glass, meaning the interior is flooded with light. Discover the many stores and the wide variety of restaurants collected within this futuristic environment.

Visit Lower Manhattan and you cannot miss the Oculus, one of the most arresting structures in a city that is full of them. Get here from almost anywhere in the city via the World Trade Center Transportation Hub beneath the Oculus. The hub offers access to multiple subway lines, the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal and the PATH railway.


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Courtyard New York Downtown Manhattan/World Trade Center ¥9,538
Courtyard New York Downtown Manhattan/World Trade Center

Courtyard New York Downtown Manhattan/World Trade Center

133 Greenwich Street, New York, NY
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Manhattan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wall Street, The Oculus, and One World Trade Center. Official NYC Information Center at City Hall and Brooklyn Bridge are also within 1 mi (2 km). Rector St. Station (Greenwich St.) and Rector St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    World Center Hotel ¥11,222
    World Center Hotel

    World Center Hotel

    144 Washington St, New York, NY
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Manhattan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wall Street, One World Trade Center, and National September 11 Memorial. New York Stock Exchange and Federal Reserve Bank of New York are also within 10 minutes. Rector St. Station (Greenwich St.) and Rector St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District ¥9,625
      Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District

      Holiday Inn Manhattan-Financial District

      99 Washington St, New York, NY
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Manhattan, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wall Street and New York Stock Exchange. One World Trade Center and National September 11 Memorial are also within 10 minutes. Rector St. Station (Greenwich St.) and Rector St. Station are within a 2-minute walk.

        Artezen Hotel ¥10,730
        Artezen Hotel

        Artezen Hotel

        24 John Street, New York, NY
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Manhattan, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, National September 11 Memorial, and Wall Street. New York Stock Exchange and One World Trade Center are also within 10 minutes. Fulton St. Station (Nassau St.) is only a 2-minute walk and Fulton St. Station (Broadway) is 2 minutes.

          Millennium Hilton New York Downtown ¥12,756
          Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

          Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

          55 Church Street, New York, NY
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly New York hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from The Oculus and National September 11 Memorial. Wall Street and One World Trade Center are also within 10 minutes. Cortlandt St. Station and Fulton St. Station (Broadway) are within a 2-minute walk.

            New York Marriott Downtown ¥14,767
            New York Marriott Downtown

            New York Marriott Downtown

            85 West St, New York, NY
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Manhattan, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of One World Trade Center, National September 11 Memorial, and New York Stock Exchange. Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Wall Street are also within 10 minutes. Rector St. Station (Greenwich St.) and Rector St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Radisson Hotel New York Wall Street ¥12,458
              Radisson Hotel New York Wall Street

              Radisson Hotel New York Wall Street

              52 William St, New York, NY
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Manhattan, this hotel is steps from Wall Street and Federal Reserve Bank of New York. New York Stock Exchange and National September 11 Memorial are also within 10 minutes. Wall St. Station is only a 2-minute walk and Broad St. Station is 3 minutes.

                Four Points By Sheraton New York Downtown ¥9,735
                Four Points By Sheraton New York Downtown

                Four Points By Sheraton New York Downtown

                6 Platt St, New York, NY
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Manhattan, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wall Street and Federal Reserve Bank of New York. New York Stock Exchange and National September 11 Memorial are also within 10 minutes. Fulton St. Station (William St.) and Wall St. Station are within a 5-minute walk.