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Going, Going, Gone | New York's New Tallest Skyscraper

Going, Going, Gone | New York's New Tallest Skyscraper Photo

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Posted on April 25, 2012 in Travel News

New York City is movin’ on up. Come Monday, giving no weather delays, the new One World Trade Center, on the site of the former twin towers, will surpass the Empire State Building as tallest building in New York City. Construction on the new tower started in 2006, and will continue on to 2013, but on Monday the construction level will pass the 1,545 foot mark set by the Art Deco Empire.

The Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world for 40 years after it was completed in the 30’s. It is now ranked third in the United States (Chicago hosts The Willis Tower and A Trump Tower); the new One World Trade Center, however, will regain the crown for New York City as the tallest in America when it reaches its goal height of 1,776 feet (yes that refers to the year the Declaration of Independence was signed). The new tower won’t be opened for another few years, but travelers are still allowed the walk near the World Trade Center site, and the recently opened 9/11 Memorial is free to visitors; book in advance to get tickets. The tower will host commercial space, and is currently only about 50% rented out. Other building are also being constructed in the area that World Trade Centers occupied.

Check out our recent trips to the Skyscraper Museum, and Lower Manhattan!

Posted by jhartmann13 (JJ Hartmann)

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