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The Time Lapse Elevator Ride At 1 World Trade Center Shows The Entire History Of NYC's Skyline Including The Rise & Fall Of The Twin Towers

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At One World Observatory, which will open to the public atop 1 World Trade Center this May, even the elevator ride gives you a history lesson.

During the ride, a video shows a time lapse of the New York City skyline starting in the 1500s and rapidly moving to the present.

[ Related: CNN Producers Arrested For Breaking Into World Trade Center Site ]

First buildings, then skyscrapers rise as you go up story after story, and then, for just a second, as the clock passes through September 11, 2001 — the World Trade Center goes away.

The moment is almost imperceptible at first as the years tumble by so quickly. But when you notice the sudden disappearance of the other tower, it's very affecting!

David W. Checketts, Chairman and CEO of Legends Hospitality — the company that created the observatory — believes marking the event was the only way to honor the original World Trade Center. He explained:

"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."

Of course, what follows is the erection of the very building you're riding in. And the NYC skyline moves onward and upward.

See the entire time-lapse, including the moving moment (below)!

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