One World Trade Center now the tallest building in New York
One World Trade Center, the skyscraper that will replace the fallen twin towers, became the tallest building in New York's skyline Monday when workers erected steel columns that placed the tower's unfinished skeleton at 1,271 feet.
The downtown monolith took the title from the iconic Empire State Building, which, at a height of 1,250 feet (not including its spire), was New York's tallest building until the original World Trade Center towers overtook it in 1972. The Empire State Building regained its title with the destruction of the towers in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
"Today our city has a new tallest building - and a new sense of how bright our future is," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Workers are expected to continue working on the building's skeleton for the next year, adding floors until the building eventually reaches 1,771 feet from street level to the tip of its antenna. The building will eventually stand 49 feet taller than the toppled North Tower did.
"The new World Trade Center is more than just a skyscraper," said Govenor Andrew Cuomo. "It is a symbol of the enduring spirit of the City and State of New York, representing our commitment to rebuilding stronger than before."