The Oculus and Westfield World Trade Center

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Just last Tuesday, the Oculus and Westfield Mall at World Trade Center had their official grand opening. It was exciting as I watched the area change gradually over the last couple of years! Some say the Oculus is almost like walking into heaven because everything is so bright and white. I’d definitely agree it’s quite beautiful (though many wonder whether the amount of money spent is worth $4 billion…)  I went a couple of times before and after the grand opening so I’ll tell you this – it looks very different today with completely bare space in the middle and no couches or seating areas as you may find in these photos below. The mall has many designer brand shops, but also some more popular places such as the Apple Store and Kate Spade. If you walk away from the Oculus and into the other side, you’ll find stores such as Under Armor, Banana Republic, and H&M. There aren’t too many food places nor children-friendly stores, but hopefully those will be built later on. Meanwhile, you can always go to Hudson Eats in Brookfield for food and seating, which is now connected under the World Trade Center.

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This section pictured below, Fulton Center, is another part of the train hub. It offers a few shops including Shake Shack and Irving Farm Coffee Roasters.

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Here was a nice little surprise for me. Eataly had been opened before Westfield officially opened on Tuesday. It’s a very big space, perhaps a little more spacious than its other location on 23rd Street. Similar, Eataly offers an extensive amount of choices: 5 restaurants, 2 cafes, 1 bar, tons of products, and a lot of demonstrations. It took me a while to walk around as there were so many products I wanted to try in my cooking, but of course.. self-control, Lilian! In the future perhaps, I will try all of their prosciutto options! As you walk around to shop and eat, you can also learn about the products, the origins, and the process of making certain things. There’s even a glass for you to look through to see them making their homemade mozzarella or creating their popular “piadina,” a grille flatbread filled with greens, meats, cheeses, or sweets. Here were some of the shots I took!

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The area of World Trade Center has most definitely changed a lot, and though it may bring back some sad memories, I hope it’ll also create new and happy ones for all those who visit.  As always, thanks for reading! xoxo

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