Remember when we announced that the World Trade Center's Oculus would have a quiet opening, without ceremony?

Well, that happened yesterday, March 3rd. The World Trade Center Transportation hub opened, and finally, quietly, welcomed visitors into its marble center.

Oculus opened at 3 p.m. yesterday, and the interior of the space is, to say the least, entirely stunning.

If we could get Penn Station to look a bit more like this, we'd have a whole lot more happy commuters. The floor is so shiny, it looks a little bit like an ice skating rink.

We're actually a bit relieved Oculus is so magnificent. We mean, after nearly five years of work and a $5 billion price tag, it pretty much had to look good, right?

Well, do you want to see what those years look like, in sped-up motion?

Luckily, there's a time-lapse created by EarthCam, and it shows the stunning creation of this stunning, expensive train station in 65 seconds.

To be precise, you can watch 42 months of construction in just 65 seconds; from June 2011 to December 2014. 


When we think about the fact that the NYC residents of tomorrow won't have ever known an NYC without Oculus, it's pretty mind-blowing that we can watch its construction.

Watch the time-lapse below, and prepare to be amazed. After you've seen the video, go check out Oculus for yourself, why don't you?

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[via EarthCam] [Feature Image Courtesy Curbed NY]