What to do on a lazy rainy day? The Oculus is a great place to start. Once you get on your train, you’ll forget all about the wet weather outside.


The Oculus


The Oculus, which took over a decade to build, is the new World Trade Center transportation hub located near the Financial District. The hub is intended to connect commuters to the PATH, the Battery Park Ferry and 11 subway lines, which include the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, E, J, Z and R train.

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I have mixed feelings about the architecture. I love the white minimalism and clean lines on the inside, but the outside reminds me of turkey bones. Maybe because the last time I visited was over Thanksgiving break. The new hub resembles nothing like the old PATH station that was destroyed during the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001.

Not only is this newly resurrected train station the third largest transportation hub in New York City, it’s also is filled with over 100 retail stores and a handful of eateries. The revenue generated from these establishments probably helps make up the $4 billion dollars it took to build the Oculus. Feel free to make your contribution today but shopping at one of these shops!

If your pockets are a little deeper than mine, take a 5-minute walk from The Oculus to Brookfield Place. Here is where you’ll find high-end designers like Hermes, Burberry, Omega, Saks and more. The only thing I could afford was a meal at the food court on the second floor. Don’t feel bad for me. I was perfectly happy window shopping with my gelato.


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