The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center Mall replaces the PATH station that was destroyed during 9/11 in 2001. This 800,000 square foot building cost 4 billion dollars, making it the most expensive train stop in the world! With its sleek and modern design, it immediately became an attraction in Lower Manhattan. The transit hall alone is 325 ft long which is 90 ft more than Grand Central Terminal!
The Oculus – A 4 Billion Dollar Project
The mastermind behind the design of the Oculus in New York is the Spaniard Santiago Calatrava. His design was inspired by a child releasing a dove. There was a plan to have the roof become retractable like a birds wings, but it would have just cost too much. In fact, the construction of the Oculus exceeded the budget so much they had to stop at 4 billion. Could you imagine those wings, though? The Oculus was designed to let light stream down into the transportation center. This unique design was not out of Calatrava’s comfort zone. He has also designed the City of Arts & Sciences in Valencia which you can see in Disney’s movie ‘Tomorrowland” as well as an extension to the Milwaukee Art Museum. The entire construction took about 8 years, from 2008 to 2016.
The WTC Transportation Hub
Ultimately, the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center will connect 11 subway lines together. This is an important hub for commuters coming from New Jersey. The PATH trains to run to and from Newark, Jersey City and Hoboken all come into this train stop.
Connection to Fulton St. Station
The Fulton Street Station subway stop is only a hallway away from the Oculus at the Westfield World Trade Center. This is where you are able to connect to the A/C, 4/5, J/Z, 2/3, and W/R subway lines. The E train does not go through the Fulton Street stop, but it does go directly to Westfield World Trade Center. In fact, WTC is the last stop on the E train leaving you at the Oculus.
Fulton Street station offers a modern and chic designed space as well as shopping for the visitors. This station is also in a central location of Lower Manhattan so if you are going to the check out tourist spots you will not have to walk to far. You will be very close to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, One World Trade Center, South Street Seaport, and even the Brooklyn Bridge!
Shopping at Westfield World Trade Center Mall
With over 50 stores in the shopping hub, you will be sure to find what you are looking for (or maybe what you are not?) at the Westfield WTC mall! Here is the complete list of stores. What’s really great about this shopping space is that it is not nearly as crowded as Soho or Midtown. The modern design also makes it more enjoyable to spend time at! Most importantly, there are clean and spacious bathrooms! Those can be hard to find in the city at times.
In conclusion: you could make a day of shopping at Westfield World Trade Center, explore the Oculus, and visiting some of the top tourist attractions in NYC! Lower Manhattan is home to a great number of attractions in New York, so you should definitely spend some more time there: