One World Trade Center now tallest tower in New York

One World Trade Center will stand at 1,776 feet (541 meters) to the tip of its antenna when completed
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One World Trade Center, being built at the site of the fallen twin towers, surpassed the Empire State Building on Monday as the tallest building in New York. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Construction crews set in place a steel horizontal beam at a height of about 1,270 feet (387 meters), topping by about 20 feet (six meters) the rooftop of the observation deck of the Empire State Building, which stands about 3 miles (4.8 km) to the north in Midtown Manhattan. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Including the antenna tower, however, the iconic Empire State Building is still higher. (AFP/Getty Images)
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The Empire State Building, built in 1931, was the city's tallest at a height of 1,545 feet(471 meters) to the tip of its broadcast antenna until 1972 when it was overtaken by the original World Trade Center towers. It then regained the title after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, which destroyed the complex. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Construction started six years ago on the new World Trade Center and now the skyscraper, formerly called the Freedom Tower, surpasses the top floor of the Empire State Building, Port Authority officials told reporters. (AFP/Getty Images)
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"The new World Trade Center 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," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in commemorating the milestone. (AFP/Getty Images)
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One World Trade Center will stand at 1,776 feet (541 meters) to the tip of its antenna when it is completed, possibly by late 2013. Then it will top the Empire State entirely. (Getty Images)
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The skyscraper, only 55 percent of which is leased, will be higher than the former twin towers, which were toppled in the 2001 attacks when nearly 3,000 people were killed. The north tower stood 1,727 feet (526 meters) including its antenna. (Getty Images)
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A view of construction at the World Trade Center site on May 5, 2011 in New York City. (Getty Images)
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The 'Tribute in Light' memorial to the World Trade Center is seen from the Empire State Building April 3, 2002 in New York City. (Getty Images)
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New York City firefighters look at the detroyed facade of the World Trade Center September 13, 2001 two days after the twin towers were destroyed when hit by two hijacked passenger jets. (Getty Images)
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An unidentified New York City firefighter walks away from Ground Zero after the collapse of the Twin Towers September 11, 2001 in New York City. The World Trade Center's Twin Towers and the Pentagon were attacked by terrorists using commercial airliners as missiles. (Getty Images)
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A view of Ground Zero is seen from the side of 1 World Trade Center January 6, 2011 in New York City. (Getty Images)
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A construction supervisor walks down a stairwell on the eastern face of 1 World Trade Center January 6, 2011 in New York City. (Getty Images)
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Construction cranes fill the air around Ground Zero in lower Manhattan as seen from the east August 25, 2010 in New York City. (Getty Images)
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Construction continues at the World Trade Center site . (Getty Images)
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A policeman pauses at Ground Zero during the World Trade Center memorial September 11, 2002 in New York City. Mourners will attend memorial services throughout the day at Ground Zero for the one year anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. (Getty Images)