1 WTC Is the City's Tallest Skyscraper

Monday, April 30, 2012

Move over Empire State Building, there's a new "tallest building" in the city. On Monday afternoon, 1 World Trade Center took the title when it surpassed the height of the Empire State Building.

The first steel column of the 100th floor was placed on top of the skeletal framework of the building, making it slightly higher than the 1,250-foot Empire State Building at 1,271 feet. One World Trade Center will stand at 1,776 feet when it's completed.

Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, celebrated the milestone by thanking all those involved, as well as the stakeholders, who over 10 years ago, worked to see a landmark building rise on the site of the 9/11 attack in the city.

“Today, our collective perseverance is reflected with this soaring symbol of fortitude, of rebirth, and renewal and determination and good old American ingenuity and hard work,” he said. Foye also noted that the building, which is expected to be completed in early 2014, is 55 percent leased. He said it was an achievement, especially given the current market.

Construction worker Pat Morairty, 40, from Long Island, said he’s proud to be working on the site, and is glad his fellow workers hit the 100th floor milestone.

“It took a long time, we finally hit it, so it’s a proud moment for New Yorkers and definitely for the construction industry,” he said, standing on Liberty Street near the site.
Morairty’s worked construction for 23 years and is now working on the transit hub.

He said work is “slow and steady,” and that he’ll celebrate when the World Trade Center tops off, which is expected this summer.

Outside the construction site, the line for the 9/11 Memorial stretched down the block on Monday.

Shannon Vine, 24, from Queens came to the site with her niece and friend. It was the first time she visited the site of the former World Trade Center since September 11, 2001. Looking up at the gleaming glass, she said it was “definitely an amazing building, and it will be for a long time.”


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Comments [3]


Could we please take just a moment to celebrate New York's new tallest! This is indeed a milestone. Why does the momentous event have to involve international politics at this point?

Apr. 30 2012 06:28 PM

Well, I don't know about all that false flag stuff but the government was definitely looking for an excuse to get the things in the Patriot Act passed. I think the same way wages and standards of living are moving to some kind of equality or equilibrium maybe human rights will see the same thing. Places in Asia like China or Pakistan may see an increase in rights while the west will see a decrease until it eventually there's a sort of global consensus. Probably something like everyone will have the right to free speech but the government will be allowed to monitor you at all times. Looks like we're heading for that.

Apr. 30 2012 04:53 PM
Brandt Hardin from Clarksville, TN

The view from atop of this new building won’t be any clearer for America and the real effects on our society from the original towers being dropped in what is largely considered a False Flag Operation. Under the guise of fighting terrorism, the Patriot Act was adopted WITHOUT public approval or vote just weeks after the events of 9/11. A mere 3 criminal charges of terrorism a year are attributed to this act, which is mainly used for no-knock raids leading to drug-related arrests without proper cause for search and seizure. The laws are simply a means to spy on our own citizens and to detain and torture dissidents without trial or a right to council. You can read much more about living in this Orwellian society of fear and see my visual response to these measures on my artist’s blog at

Apr. 30 2012 03:56 PM

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