The Oculus
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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About
This aesthetic transportation hub not only welcomes those visiting the World Trade Center, but serves as a representation of New York City’s strength and resilience after 9/11. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the Oculus resembles a dove leaving a child’s hands. Every year, on the anniversary of the attacks, the sun shines directly through the skylight and illuminates the main hall. With plenty of retail and dining options, the Oculus is a great place to stop by before or after your visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Survivor Tree, and the One World Observatory. – Tripadvisor
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Neighbourhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Cortlandt St • 2 min walk
  • Chambers St • 3 min walk
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  • Rich J
    Naples, Florida398 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Massive transportation hub building in Lower Manhattan
    This is a massive building that is a transportation hub near the former World Trade Center area. We were with a small group of photographers on a photo workshop. We all took a number of shots from the second floor balcony but unfortunately we could not use our tripods during our photo shoot. Striking architecture, at a very hefty price tag to build. We didn't have time to do a through tour of the beautiful building.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 July 2023
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,478 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Transit Transfer Point
    We were here to change subway trains and we walked through part of this complex. It also functions as the link to the PATH trains. It has gradually evolved into a shopping and eating complex, but the main function is for transit. Looks kind of wild outside, dramatic architecture.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia49,044 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Symbol of peace
    The Oculus is a futuristic building! Amazing architecture and a real wonder. It's a transportation hub and a huge shopping complex. The design shows a dove but it takes a bit of effort to actually see the whole thing. Worth visiting and having a walk through.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Harry A
    Long Island, New York107 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool building
    It’s a very cool building. It’s a transit hub. It’s a mall. It’s not much else. I stopped by The Oculus while exploring lower Manhattan to check it out. The architecture was cool to look at for a bit, then I went inside to find somewhere to sit after a long day of walking around. No luck. Stores were the same ones you find in just about any other mall. I came, I saw, I said “this place looks pretty cool”, and I left. Not much more to it than that.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 October 2023
  • 644AndreaC
    211 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Never disappoints me. A very cool building !
    This is my third visit and the Oculus never disappoints me. Amazing design and architecture. What a cool building. Great shops and then outside there were a lot of stalls eateries, great variety of food.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • The Trusty Trip Gal!
    England, United Kingdom243 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Architecture!
    This building is one of the most interesting and unique places I’ve ever seen! I’m not really into modern architecture but this really did catch my eye! It’s great to see and has a good variety of shops! The area is very spacious too! The subway below is also stunning and it is great to come out of the subway to such a spectacular building! Definitely worth a visit!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 October 2023
  • therichastill
    Stevenage, United Kingdom3,012 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Temple to Retail
    The Oculus is a magnificent structure. It is quite grand and stands out amongst the surrounding area. I later found out that it was designed by a Spanish architect. It reminds me of some of the buildings close to the waterfront in Valencia. As well as being a shopping center it there is also a PATH station to take you under the Hudson River to destinations in New Jersey. The Oculus has a very peaceful ambience about it and worth checking out for a bit of retail therapy.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 November 2023
  • stephens473
    Nottingham, United Kingdom387 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Find
    Incredible piece of architecture situated at World Trade Center. Quite mind blowing and full of symbolism after the terrible events of 9/11. A great place to take photos , shop and eat , also many connecting travel links are all under one roof.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 November 2023
  • Bea
    975 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mind-blowing Oculus
    Absolutely amazing, located next to the 9/11 Memorial. It was opened in 2016 after 12 years of work. The building was part of the city’s plan to rebuild the World Trade Center after September 11. It is a transportation hub and a shopping mall built alongside the One World Trade Center.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 December 2023
  • craig1086
    Atlanta, Georgia1,797 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good shopping & Train Hub
    This shopping center is beautifully designed, and brings in a hoard of natural light from outside. It's also a transit connecting station where you can take the PATH over to Jersey. Most people come here after the 9/11 memorial next door. There are lots of shops and cafes in here, as it's multiple levels.only drawback is that they probably need more restrooms. One of the best parts is that you can visit inside for free.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 December 2023
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PeepJC
London, UK121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Wow, the scale and design of this place is just breathtaking. I was in awe when we entered, just a fantastic space, beautiful design.
Written 12 June 2024
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Ellie K
Birmingham, UK378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The Occulus is so impressive when you initially walk in. What a fantastic idea for a shopping centre - so unique and amazing to look at. There was also someone playing the piano which was lovely.
Written 7 June 2024
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Amy D
Mission, TX530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We came inside because we needed to get to the train station to NJ. Very nice! New! Clean. Plenty of shops. The outside, it’s architecture is an amazing addition to the solemn historic WTC. It’s also a great place to get out of the elements and sit and relax.
Written 6 June 2024
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osmondmrslesleyo
Sittingbourne, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Amazing building with a great selection of shops and food outlets. Worth a visit if your are visiting 9/11 and one world.
Written 27 May 2024
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Caroline S
East Sussex, UK131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Simply the most amazing building , stunning structure to see , full of light and air, it’s like a cathedral. A must to visit.Free Of course, as it’s a Westfield shopping centre below.
Written 13 May 2024
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BuffyLou
Beverly Hills, MI160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We stopped here to shop. The shops were ok, but the public restrooms were awful. Long lines, no soap, very smelly. Do not recommend. We were there on a Thursday morning, not even a busy time.
Written 11 May 2024
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MemoryMaker5
Ohio1,182 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This building is amazing. We were here as a PATH station stop from our hotel in Jersey City, but it would be great to visit regardless of the transportation need if in NYC, just to see the space. I would have given more stars just because of the design, but there is a real seating issue. And there are visitors that often need to sit. There are elevators and escalators to access each level if you're unable to do stairs. There are shops on the surrounding sides, and a little cafe on the first floor with seating. You much purchase something to sit there. Here is the negative about this building. There is NO other public seating!! This is a real disservice to visitors of this building/station. We had a family member who needed to rest their legs and wait for the other family members to explore the city for a bit. We ordered something from the cafe for them to use their seating, but after awhile they were asked to leave to free up the table. I don't understand why this building cannot have a multitude of benches and seating scattered about. There is plenty of space. Did we miss something? I had read a review that there was seating available, but it looks like they removed all of them.
Written 17 April 2024
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Laura
13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We didn’t shop here as it’s rather expensive but we walked through as we used the PATH train which was easy to use. The place was really clean but the only downside was the smell of the toilets….good heavens that needs addressing, stale stench of wee was so strong it put me right off going back.
Written 1 April 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Incredible architecture inside this multi-purpose building at the World Trade Center complex and includes a high-end mall but also serves as a transportation hub including the NYC subway and PATH trains to New Jersey. This is a photo worthy stop if coming to Lower Manhattan to visit the 9/11 Memorial or the One World Observation Deck. Quite amazingly, the structure's orientation serves as a lasting reminder of the attacks of September 11, 2001. It is in alignment with the sun’s solar angles on each September 11, from 8:46 am, when the first plane struck, until 10:28 am, when the second tower collapsed. Its central skylight fits this alignment and washes the Oculus floor with a beam of light.
Written 30 March 2024
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Lindsey C
Janesville5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was an unexpected delight. We took the subway from uptown to see the 9/11 memorial and I did not realize this also doubled as a subway station. It was clean, safe and easy to navigate. Plus it was beautiful to look at. I highly recommend going to visit.
Written 20 March 2024
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