Forget about waiting hours to get to the top of the Empire State Building or ‘Top of the Rock’. Instead take yourself down to the new Oculus Transportation Hub, walk into the main hall under those soaring Oculus wings and then lie down on the beautiful white marble floor.
Look up at the spine between the two wings and the rows of windows just underneath that spine notice in the light pouring in, the hugeness of the space and and grandness of the ‘in flight’ concept that makes up the whole of this main hall and just take it in.
Thousands of New Yorkers are doing just that. Anytime you go into the main hall these days you have to step around the bodies on the floor staring up in wonder at this new and magic space in the WTC precinct.
After all the hullaballoo about was it worth $40m and what is this crazy architect doing, it is amazing to see people making this their very own space by lying on the floor in droves, just as they do in the sheep meadow in Central Park. I can’t think of any other inside space in the city where people just lie on the floor in such large numbers and just look and commune with the space itself.