World Trade Center reclaims title as New York’s tallest building
New York, New York, United States (AHN) – The World Trade Center edged out the Empire State Building Monday as New York’s tallest building.
One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept 11 attacks.
Monday morning workers erected steel columns that will make the structure’s unfinished skeleton a little over 1,250 feet, just enough to inch over the roof of the observation deck on the Empire State Building.
The milestone is the first of many expected for the so-called “Freedom Tower,” which is not expected to reach its full height for a least another year. When finished, it is likely to be declared the tallest building in the United States, and the third tallest in the world.
Excluding the antenna, the Empire State Building’s total height is 1,250 feet. That was high enough to make the skyscraper the world’s tallest from 1931 until 1972.
The world’s tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Opened in 2010, it reaches 2,717 feet.