With Groundbreaking Broadcast, 'CBS This Morning' Gives First Glimpse Into One World Observatory

05/20/2015 08:59 am ET
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"CBS This Morning" broadcast live from the top of One World Trade Center Wednesday morning, at the brand-new One World Observatory on the 102nd floor.

Hosts Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell gave the first television view of the spectacular observatory, which spans the top three floors of the building and provides a 360-degree view of New York City. One World Observatory opens to the public on May 29.

"Nearly 14 years after September 11, a towering symbol of freedom is about to open to the world," Charlie Rose said at the top of the program.

Special guests, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Anderson Cooper and George Clooney, came by to see the breathtaking views and say hello.

The mayor said the space symbolizes the city's comeback from tragedy and restores a sense of "energy" and "resiliency" to downtown New York.

"It's a rebirth," de Blasio said. "We're back, 100 percent."

The special edition of "CBS This Morning" also featured a behind-the-scenes look at the virtual reality elevator that takes you to the top. The elevator is the fastest in the world and provides what the program referred to as "a visual history lesson," showing the evolution of the city as it moves from floor to floor.

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