Stunning Interactive Photo Taken Atop World Trade Center Spire

Friday, Mar 7, 2014  |  Updated 11:03 AM CDT
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Stunning Interactive Photo Taken Atop WTC Spire

An interactive photo has been taken from the spire of the nearly completed 1 World Trade Center, offering stunning 360-degree views of the New York City metropolitan area that can be enlarged to bring up incredible detail.

 
 
Users can pan across the photo and zoom in tight on the cityscape without losing any clarity. 
 
The photo has bookmarked various landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, midtown Manhattan, the 9/11 memorial and City Hall. 
 Time got exclusive access to the tower's spire from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site.
 
It took eight months to design and construct a 13-foot-long rotating arm. Then a camera with a 100-millimeter lens was mounted on it.
The camera produced hundreds of pictures that were stitched together digitally into a single panoramic image. 

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