YONKERS, N.Y. -- The new World Trade Center may not yet be completed, but an homage to the building made of LEGO bricks can be seen now in Yonkers.
The 12 foot-tall model of One World Trade Center built from 4,873 LEGO bricks was unveiled last month at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, One Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers.
The model was meticulously re-created by a team of expert LEGO model builders and took more than 260 hours to design and build. Weighing nearly 100 pounds, the model re-creates One WTC’s distinctive architecture and design, from its dynamic, shimmering glass surface all the way up to its magnificent spire. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey provided guidance in order to ensure the model accurately duplicated the World Trade Center. The model is part of MINILAND, the center's signature re-creation of landmark locations and buildings throughout New York City and Westchester County.
Every five minutes, the One WTC model and MINILAND complete a day to night cycle, with the building and landmark locations illuminated as appropriate for the time of day. Adding to the atmosphere are hundreds of interactive LEGOMINIFIGURES and vehicles, and sounds, including, moving mini cars, trucks and boats, a working subway train accompanied by familiar sounds and a mini rock band jamming in Central Park, as well as other authentic sights and sounds of New York City and Westchester.
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