The long awaited transit hub in Lower Manhattan called OCULUS is finally open. What do you think of $4 Billion Dollar price tag?

I can see Russia from my house! 

No, I can’t. I’m lying. But I can see the brand new $4 Billion dollar OCULUS transit hub designed by Valencian Architect Santiago Calatrava. Oculus by Santiago Calatrava

I’ve been watching the progress of this behemoth being built, right outside my window. Today it was my turn to walk inside and take a peek.Oculus under construction

According to Michael Kimmelman, the New York Times’ architecture critic, “The new Santiago Calatrava-designed transit center is not very practical, grossly overpriced, and poorly suited to its surroundings.

The long-delayed hub’s $4 billion price tag – up from an initial estimate of $2.2 billion – is “head-slapping” and “unconscionable.”

Oculus and Freedom Tower

To read more of Kimmelman’s scathing review, click here:

Freedom Tower and Oculus

The views from inside were nice……

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Looking from inside OCULUS up at still unfinished Four Seasons and my apartment building (on right).

Inside Oculus

Look!! My apartment building on the right!

Inside Oculus by Santiago Calatrava

View from inside. The American flag was a nice touch.

Santiago Calatrava Oculus

Mr. Calatrava was all smiles today, but I doubt he was smiling when he read the reviews of his OCULUS.
Freedom Tower from inside OCULUS

Looking up at Freedom Tower through the roof.

Come inside with me, via the video below and let me know what you think of OCULUS and its price tag.

Was it worth $4 Billion dollars or do you think the money could have gone to better use??? Let me know in the comments.

All Photos by Vicki Winters

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