One World Trade Center: Not Yet the Tallest Building in New York
One World Trade Center: 1271 Feet High
One World Trade Center, built on the former site of the Twin Towers, has risen to a height of 1,271 feet, and the media is touting it as the tallest building in New York City. You can see video footage below of the beam placement that brought 1 WTC to its current height.
Is One World Trade Center really the tallest building in New York? Not exactly.
The Empire State Building is 1,250 feet high, not counting its antenna. All in, the Empire State Building is 1,454 feet high. We should probably count the antenna, then, and here's why: One World Trade Center is designed to reach 1,776 feet high... counting the antenna. The top floor of One World Trade Center will reach 1,368 feet.
However, One World Trade Center is taller than the Chrysler Building, though: the art-deco icon is 1,050 feet tall, counting its retro-futuristic antenna.
When completed in 2013, One World Trade Center will be the second-tallest building in the world: the Burj Khalifa in Dubai will still be nearly a thousand feet taller.
Over a decade after 9/11 it's good to see that gap in the New York City skyline getting filled in.