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New World Trade Center tallest in NYC skyline

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New World Trade Center

Time-lapsed video shows construction

The New World Trade Center has recaptured lower Manhattan’s claim to having the tallest building in the New York skyline, edging out the Empire State Building.

The Twin Towers became the tallest structures in New York when they were constructed in the 1970s, but the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 ended the reign.

The New World Trade Center broke the record Monday as a steel column moved its way up the building, setting the height at 387 meters, reports the Brisbane Times. This makes the New World Trade Center taller than the Empire State Building’s observation deck. However, many are disputing the claim, give the Empire State’s building antenna isn’t being factored into the height.

”Today NYC has a new tallest building and a new sense of how bright our future is,” mayor Michael Bloomberg said. ”The latest progress at the World Trade Centre is a testament to New Yorkers’ strength and resolve – and to our belief in a city that is always reaching upward.”

When completed in either late 2013 or early 2014, the New World Trade Center will stand a towering 541 meters with a 122-meter needle.

”The new World Trade Centre is more than just a skyscraper; it is a symbol of the enduring spirit of the city and state of New York, representing our commitment to rebuilding stronger than before,” said New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Check out the video of the New World Trade Center below.

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