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An afternoon at the Oculus

I took an afternoon wondering through the Oculus station in downtown Manhattan. The first time I visited this structure it was ethereal. Once inside the interior one can only stare in awe at this magnificent edifice. Located in the World Trade Center, this state of the art property opened on the 4th of March 2016 after more than 12 years of planning and development.


The Oculus was designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and occupies 800,000 square feet of retail and dining space alongside the third busiest terminal station in New York City.


The development of the project cost more than $4 Billion made possible by public funds and undertaken by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey with Swedish firm Skanska contracted for the build out.


The station serves as a connecting hub for more than 250,000 daily commuters. Transit users have access to 11 subway stations and the PATH rail system connecting the island of Manhattan and New Jersey.


The main interior atrium contains a two level shopping mall managed by Westfield Properties with casual dining, fast food restaurants, coffee shops and more.


Image selection from top to bottom:
Through the Oculus Fins  -  New York City
ISO 100    19 mm    f/3.5    1/200 sec
Oculus Interior  -  New York City
ISO 250    19 mm    f/3.5    1/50 sec
Oculus Exterior Wall Fins  -  New York City
ISO 100    19 mm    f/3.5    1/100 sec
Oculus Station Interior  -  New York City
ISO 320    23 mm    f/2    1/60 sec
Shoppers at the Oculus  -  New York City
ISO 500    18 mm    f/3.5    1/100 sec