Behold: New York’s Glorious New Skyline, 4,259 Days in the Making

World Trade Center topped out this week.


4,259 days: That’s the time span between the collapse and the rise. After more than 11 years, One World Trade Center reached its final height of 1,776 feet early Friday morning. New York now has a new skyline.

For many of the construction workers gathered this morning, it was an emotional threshold, with cheers erupting as the lengthy spire was secured into place atop the soaring facade. The building may still be far from finished (many floors still do not have windows), but this has been a threshold long in the making.

I watched the spire’s final movements live on TV and then walked up to my building’s roof in Brooklyn, glancing across the East River at the taller silhouette, now easily visible from at least three of New York’s boroughs. It was about a year ago that the construction reached a stage where the new building became easily visible…

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