The most controversial – and expensive – building in New York City opens to the public next week, but CBS2 got a sneak preview of the $4 billion World Trade Center transit hub.
CBS NEW YORK reports that the new structure, known as “Oculus,” is perched at the edge of the 9/11 Memorial.
The apex of the ceiling soars 160 feet above the floor, which is larger than the main concourse at Grand Central. The place will eventually be packed with shoppers as stores are leasing space.
Critics are divided on the architectural merits of the structure, with one calling the transit hub “a lemon,” while another praised it as “extravagantly idealistic.”
Everyone agrees the $4 billion price tag is hard to justify. It’s estimated the transit hub will see up to 200,000 visitors a day. CBS NEW YORK