Traveling for work has its perks and this week it was being in New York City the same day as Westfield’s World Trade Center at the Oculus opened. 15 years after the devastating 9/11 terror attacks, the 350,000 square-foot mall is the newest destination rebuilding New York’s new downtown. The mall will eventually feature over 100 retail stores and already includes brands like Apple, Pandora, H&M and Lacoste.

The name Oculus refers to the 160-foot-tall roof design that is meant to evoke the image of a dove being released from a child’s hands, symbolizing hope and perseverance. The energy that it exuded – with people eating, shopping and celebrating – was like no other and is definitely worth a trip if you’re in the city!

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