Press Release Article


Date: Jul 30, 2013
Press Release Number: 76-2013

Submit your photo and vote for a chance to visit the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere

Just one day after launching its One World Trade Center photo contest on Facebook, the Port Authority has received more than 285 photo submissions, which collectively have earned more than 1,000 votes.

Every day, thousands of people from around the world come to Lower Manhattan and take photos of the iconic One World Trade Center. With photos from the first pouring of concrete to the first placement of steel beams, the public has captured and catalogued the tower's evolution from a visionary design to the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The public has seen the building from below; now, the Port Authority is inviting all to share their best photos of One WTC for a chance to see it from the top.

The Port Authority invites people to submit their favorite photographs of the tower taken from their cameras, cell phones or other mobile devices. Participation requires visiting and following the Port Authority's Facebook page, WTCProgress. Once participants follow the page, there are step-by-step instructions on how to upload a photo through the Facebook application. Once uploaded, participants will need to engage friends, family and co-workers to encourage them to vote for their photo and receive the most votes. The three individuals whose photos receive the most votes will receive the ultimate experience: a visit to the top of One WTC with two of their friends.

"This building is history in the making," said Steve Plate, Director of World Trade Center Construction at the Port Authority. "This a chance to let the public experience the awe of One World Trade Center, much as we do every day, as workers from dozens of union trades rebuild the jewel of New York's skyline. Now the public can capture the grandeur of the building and earn a chance to visit the top of One WTC."

The photo contest will allow people from all around the world to submit their best photo until the contest closes. Entrants must be amateur photographers and at least 18 years of age. People can submit photos directly through Facebook, or through Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag "#OneWTCBestPhotos." Photo submissions and voting started July 29, at 7 a.m. EDT and will close on Sunday, August 25 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

One World Trade Center's completion date is early 2014. The building reached its iconic height of 1,776 feet on May 10, 2013, when workers installed the final two sections of the building's spire. The spire sits atop One WTC, an iconic landmark in Lower Manhattan's restored skyline. The building is 104 stories tall and features three million square feet of office space. A state-of-the-art observation deck, developed and operated by Legends Hospitality, will occupy floors 100-102 and offer breathtaking views of New York City and the region when it opens in early 2015.

One WTC is more than 55 percent leased with world-class tenants including Condé Nast, which has leased nearly 1.2 million square feet to house its global headquarters, Vantone China Center and the U.S. General Services Administration. The building is designed to be one of the safest commercial structures in the world.

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Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, visit

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