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NYC's newest, tallest building: One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center in New York Photo: Reuters

One World Trade Center, being built at the site of the fallen twin towers has surpassed the Empire State Building as the tallest building in New York.

Construction crews set in place a steel horizontal beam at a height of about 1,270 feet (387 metres), topping by about 20 feet (six metres) the rooftop of the observation deck of the Empire State Building, which stands about 3 miles (4.8 km) to the north in Midtown Manhattan.

Including the antenna tower, however, the Empire State Building is still higher.

The Empire State Building, built in 1931, was the city's tallest at a height of 1,545 feet (471 metres) to the tip of its broadcast antenna until 1972 when it was overtaken by the original World Trade Center towers. It then regained the title after the September 11, 2001, attacks, which destroyed the complex.

Crane on the top deck of One world Trade Center holds a steel beam between two columns to make the tower New York City's tallest skyscraper Credit: PA

Construction started six years ago on the new World Trade Center and now the skyscraper, formerly called the Freedom Tower, surpasses the top floor of the Empire State Building, Port Authority officials told reporters.

One World Trade Center will stand at 1,776 feet (541 metres) to the tip of its antenna when it is completed, possibly by late 2013. Then it will top the Empire State entirely. The skyscraper, only 55 per cent of which is leased, will be higher than the former twin towers, which were toppled in the 2001 attacks when nearly 3,000 people were killed.

The north tower stood 1,727 feet (526 metres) including its antenna.

Workers release steel cable after connecting steel beam between two columns at top of World Trade Center making it NYC's tallest building Credit: PA

The new World Trade Center is more than just a skyscraper: it is a symbol of the enduring spirit of the City and State of New York, representing our commitment to rebuilding stronger than before.

– New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
The 9/11 Memorial can be seen from the 90th story of One World Trade Center in New York Credit: Reuters

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