After 11 years of once again dominating the New York skyline, the Empire State building can no longer claim that it is the tallest building in NYC. One World Trade Center, being built at the site of the fallen twin towers, will eclipse the Empire State Building’s claim of being the tallest building in New York.
The Empire State Building, the a 102-story landmark skyscraper and American cultural icon in New York City at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street., is 1,454 ft (443.2 m) high. The name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world’s tallest building for 40 years, from its completion in 1931 until construction of the World Trade Center‘s North Tower was completed in 1972. Following the September 11 attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York (although it was no longer the tallest in the world). Once the new One World Trade Center is completed, the Empire State Building will once again be demoted to second tallest building in New York.
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,” When completed, One World Trade Center will stand at 1,776 feet (541 meters). The completion date is currently scheduled for 2013.
One World Trade will be even taller than the former twin towers. The north tower of the Twin Towers stood 1,727 feet (526 metres) including its antenna.
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