"Twin Towers" on Sixth Avenue About a Mile Apart

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Steven Thrasher
Yesterday, we wrote about how from the middle of Sixth Avenue in the West Village, you can get a view that is eerily reminiscent of what the Twin Towers looked like from the same spot a decade ago.

The optical illusion is created by the pairing of the Trump SoHo Tower and the still-under-construction One World Trade. From this unique point in the city, the two buildings appear to be next to each other and to be the same size.

But how close are they? And how alike are they, really?

Actually, they're about a mile apart. According to Google Maps, from an aerial point of view (and, indeed, from much of the city) the buildings don't look like they're anywhere near each other.

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Nor are they that similarly sized. The Trump Soho Tower is only 46 stories; but, being more than a mile closer to the West Village, it appears much larger than One World Trade, which will eventually be 105 stories. (A spokeswoman for the Port Authority tells us that right now, construction is up to 86 stories.)

But from this one stretch of Sixth Avenue, anyway, they appear to be twin images of each other for now, and creepily look just like the view of the 110 story tall original Twin Towers as viewed from this vantage many years ago. That will change as work crews continue to add height to One World Trade; but for the moment, if you want the rather odd sensation of throwing yourself back in time, walk across Sixth Avenue near 11th Street and look south.

sthrasher@villagevoice.com | @steven_thrasher

Related: One World Trade and Trump SoHo Recreate Twin Towers View on Sixth Avenue


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