Monday, April 30, 2012

BIG APPLE TOPPED BY FREEDOM TOWER

New York City's skyline has been missing the twin towers since September 11, 2001.  Through years of bureaucracy and delays, construction of the new Freedom Tower on the ground zero site has reclaimed the top of the New York skyline.

Steel workers erected large beams on Monday which brought the Freedom Tower height to 1,271 feet.  This accomplishment now makes the Freedom Tower the tallest building in New York City.  The tower construction is now clearly visible from many vantage points.  Following 9/11, the Empire State Building had held the top spot for the big apple's skyline.

Image depicting 2013 project completion
Construction on the Freedom Tower continues.  Spokesman for the Freedom Tower construction management announced Monday that workers had completed 100 floors of construction.  The large beams raised above the 100th floor will support a large conical pinnacle.  The pinnacle will raise the tower's overall height to 1,776 feet making the Freedom Tower the tallest building in the United States.  The cost of the project is $3.8 billion.  The tower is on schedule to be completed including interior work by late 2013.  

The Freedom Tower is one of several new structures at the ground zero site.  A beautiful new, modern design transit building is positioned adjacent to the Freedom Tower.  Several other high rise buildings are under construction that will encircle the tower.  The core ground zero site hosts the new September 11 memorial and museum.

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