World Trade Center 1 to Recapture New York’s Skyline

The spire of One World Trade Center, the spindly antenna that will give the building its famed height, has arrived in Tribeca!

World Trade Center Spire

Images courtesy of the Port Authority of NY/NJ.

One World Trade Center inches closer to being the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, creating a culmination of excitement and sheer amazement. The voyage began on a barge from Canada on the Atlantic Salvor on November 16th; nine of the 18 sections of the 408-foot-high antenna structure, too heavy to be driven in, arrived at Tribeca’s Pier 25, Tuesday after crossing the New York Harbor from Port Newark in New Jersey.

Each of the giant sections, up to 24 feet long and 20 feet in diameter, were lifted by a crane onto a truck, made a slow journey to its final destination. Port Authority officials said a special route created with the Department of Transportation in an effort to cause the least impact to utilities, street furniture and traffic lights.

Workers lifted the first section of the spire to the top of One World Trade Center Wednesday morning. When completed, the spire will bring One WTC to a staggering 1,776 feet tall, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

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