The New York Times just posted one of the wildest videos we’ve ever seen, and Internet is going crazy over it. Five special elevators servicing the observatory atop One World Trade Center will show an animated time lapse that recreates the development of New York City’s skyline, from the 1500s to today.
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.
Along the way, you’ll see a familiar pinstripe facade loom into view on one wall, only to quietly disappear four seconds later. Of course, we’re talking about the construction and collapse of the World Trade Center. While the inclusion of this was a controversial topic, it’s a key part of New York City history, and officials didn’t think they could ignore it.
The One World Observatory opens on May 29th, and an adult ticket will set you back $32.