New York From Above

As a disclaimer: These photos were taken during a visit in February/March 2016, so this post may not be representative of this site today.

One World Trade Center

There are plenty of places to climb if you wish to get a view of New York City from above — the Empire State Building & the Rockefeller Center, for example — but I chose the One World Trade Center building.

Built in the aftermath of 9/11, the tower is the main building of the World Trade Center complex. It is the tallest structure in the United States, the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, and the seventh-tallest in the world.

And how tall is it, exactly? A whooping 417 meters (1,368 feet) sans spire; with its spire, it is 541 meters (1,776 feet – a reference to the year when the US declared independence) tall.

While the cornerstone was laid in 2004, construction was delayed until 2006, when the cornerstone was removed. Construction began anew in 2008, with a design by David Childs. The final piece was set in place in 2013, making it the fourth-tallest building in the world at the time.

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