World Trade Center Oculus

One of New York’s newest architectural gems.


The Oculus is home to 12 subway lines, the World Trade Center PATH station, and dozens of retailers, serving over a million people every week. 


The main floor bustles with commuters, shoppers, and visitors, plus weekly programs, from farmers markets and art exhibits to musical performances and retail events.


The Oculus has access points across the entire 16-acre World Trade Center campus, including private entries into commercial office towers (One World Trade Center, Three World Trade Center, and Four World Trade Center) and connects to Brookfield Place through the West Concourse. 

Check out our Getting Here page for more information on traveling to and through the Transportation Hub. 


The Oculus and Transportation Hub are owned and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. World Trade Center retail is leased and operated by the private entity Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield.


The Oculus was positioned as part of the masterplan by Daniel Libeskind and designed by Santiago Calatrava. The structure’s white metal-clad steel ribs reach up and out in a monumental move symbolic of a hand releasing a dove.

The structure's orientation serves as a lasting reminder of the attacks of September 11th, 2001. It is in alignment with the sun’s solar angles on each September 11th, 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 opens on anniversaries of the attack, washing the Oculus floor with a beam of light.


The Oculus is open 24/7. 


Public restrooms are open at the following locations in the Oculus. Restroom hours are 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday - Saturday and 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Sunday.

  • Main Level, T2 North Concourse, near the Westfield Property Management Offices
  • Main Level, T3 South Concourse, next to the stairs
  • Street Level, T4 between Banana Republic and H&M


World Trade Center Oculus

50 Church Street
New York, NY 10007

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Interior shot of the Oculus with the custom built crane "Big Red" at the World Trade Center

Meet "Big Red"


The TEUPEN TL 156AX, or “Big Red” as it is affectionately known, is a custom-built crane designed to suit the special needs of the Oculus. It has an articulated arm that can reach the highest point of the Oculus skylight at 160 feet above the floor and can extend over 50 feet horizontally.

An exterior shot of the Oculus at the World Trade Center showcasing new LED lights

Oculus Lights


As part of our commitment to sustainability, about 13,000 lighting fixtures have been replaced throughout the Oculus to reduce energy consumption and increase the life expectancy of the lamps. The program also brought a new feature to the Oculus that allows the rib-uplighting to be changed to any color.