On April 4, 1973, New York City would never be the same. That was the official opening date of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. After the buildings were completed, they had the honor of being the tallest in the entire world. While that distinction only lasted for a few years longer, it does not undercut the impact of the skyscrapers on the city and the world.
While the iconic Twin Towers were home to many big names in the business world, there were almost always three times as many visitors in the building as employees. On an average weekday, roughly 200,000 visitors came through the space where only 50,000 people worked. No doubt the World Trade Center Observatories were influential in attracting such large numbers of visitors. The original observatories were housed on the 107th and 110th floors of the Towers.
If the South Tower had the views, the North Tower had the food. One of the most popular restaurants at the time, the Windows on the World restaurant, was located in the North Tower. The eatery was located on 106th and 107th floors and was known as a fine dining magnet for both tourists and locals.
Throughout their history, the buildings weathered several setbacks including a dangerous fire in 1975 and a terrorist bombing in 1993. The first terrorist attack failed to destroy the buildings as it had intended, but six people were killed and over a thousand injured by a truck bomb that detonated below the North Tower.
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