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An Afternoon at the Oculus

I took an afternoon walk, wandering through the Oculus station in downtown Manhattan. The first time I visited this place, it was ethereal. Upon entering the interior, one can only stare in awe at this magnificent structure which is located in the World Trade Center section of lower Manhattan. This state of the art property opened on the 4th of March 2016 after more than 12 years of planning and development. The neighboring buildings are also very impressive and designed to inspire, unquestionably worth the visit.

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

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

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

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The interior atrium contains a two-level shopping mall managed by Westfield Properties. It includes; dining, shopping, and entertainment alongside open spaces for the public to enjoy.

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