Watch New York City age 500 years in 60 seconds in this time-lapse video

The New York Times has posted a video of what you can expect to see when you take an elevator to the observatory atop One World Trade Center — and, spoiler: it's really cool.

Animated time-lapse videos in all 5 elevators shows the development of the city's skyline from the 1500s to the present day from the exact spot where visitors are standing inside One World Trade.

This is made possible through immersive, floor to ceiling LED technology that lines the entire elevator. To travel 500 years will take about 60 seconds, which is the amount...

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24/02/2017 23:31
500 Years of Manhattan Skyline in 50 Seconds

The animation you are going to experience when taking the One World Trade Center‘s new elevator to the 102nd floor’s observation platform is simply amazing. In 47 seconds, a seemingly three-dimensional time-lapse panorama will show you the evolution of Manhattan’s skyline over the past 515 years. Even the most familiar building appears for a few seconds.

“The event is certainly a key part of history. We did not think you could ignore it. Having it appear in the year it did and disappear in the year it did was the respectful way of addressing the fact that it was part of the landscape.” (David W. Checketts)