According to a recent NY Mag piece about world renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, it was revealed a large space has been reserved in the enormous World Trade Center Transportation Hub for the first Apple store in FiDi. Calatrava’s $4 billion dollar project will eventually be ringed with shops when opened. The World Trade Center Transportation Hub is slated to open on December 17th, 2015 and is the most expensive train station in history. Once completed, the state-of-the-art World Trade Center Transportation Hub will serve over 200,000 commuters daily and millions of tourists annually. It is approximately 800,000 square feet and will be the third largest transportation center in New York City, rivaling grand central station in size. The Hub’s concourse will conveniently connect visitors to 11 different subway lines, the PATH rail system, Battery Park City Ferry Terminal, the World Trade Center Memorial Site, WTC Towers 1, 2, 3, and 4, the World Financial Center and the Winter Garden. It will represent the most integrated network of underground pedestrian connections in New York City.
The Hub features an “Oculus” design, which will give the facility a distinctive, wing-like appearance. When completed, the “Oculus,” the upper portion of the Transportation Hub, will serve as the main concourse. Incorporating 225,000 square feet of exciting, multi-level retail and restaurant space along all concourses, the Hub promises to create thousands of jobs and be a destination location, becoming the centerpiece for the entire Lower Manhattan district.