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1 WTC To Replace Empire State As Tallest Building In NYC As Soon As Next Week (PHOTOS)

Reuters  |  Posted: 04/24/2012 7:26 pm Updated: 04/25/2012 10:01 am


NEW YORK, April 24 (Reuters) - One World Trade Center, being built at the site of the fallen twin towers, could surpass the Empire State Building as the tallest building in New York as soon as next week, an official said on Tuesday.

The iconic Empire State Building, built in 1931, was the city's tallest at a height of 1,545 feet(471 meters) 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 Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, which destroyed the complex.

Construction started six years ago on the new World Trade Center and now the skyscraper, formerly called the Freedom Tower, is poised to surpass the 102-story Empire State Building, Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye told reporters.

"Weather permitting, we expect that we could exceed the height of the Empire State Building on Monday," Foye said.

One World Trade Center will stand at 1,776 feet (541 meters) to the tip of its antenna when it's completed, possibly by late 2013.

The skyscraper, only 55 percent of which is leased, will be higher than the former twin towers, which were toppled in the 2001 attacks in which more than 3,000 people were killed. The north tower stood 1,727 feet (526 metres) including its antenna. (Reporting By Joan Gralla; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

See beautiful photos of the building's progress below:

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: One World Trade Center building, which is under construction on the site of the destroyed original World Trade Center, is seen on April 30, 2012 in New York City. One World Trade officially surpassed the height of the Empire State Building today to become New York City's tallest building. With its unfinished frame the building stands at a little more than 1,250 feet high. It is not expected to reach its full height for at least another year, when it will likely to be declared the tallest building in the United States and the third-tallest in the world. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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