The 100-square-meter model was designed and constructed by Israeli company Mathov Designs. The model will be shipped to New York in three weeks in three shipping containers, where it will be rebuilt by the company.
"The project was initiated by a group of people who rented two huge floors in a building in Times Square, where they plan to create a permanent tourist attraction—a miniature world," said Gadi Ma-Tov, the founder of Mathov Designs.
"The idea is to show old and new Jerusalem. We built models of the pyramid building on Eden Street which is still under construction and the old train station. It's not an exact model of the city," he said.
In addition to the aforementioned sites, the model also features the Cedar Valley, the new high-speed train bridges, the old Arab village of Lifta, the Chords Bridge, Mahane Yehuda Market, the entrance to the city, the Nahlaot neighborhood, the Nahalat Shiv'a neighborhood, the Russian Church of Mary Magdalene, the Italian Hospital and the Supreme Court.