NYC Freedom Tower Spire

angelburst29

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Placing the spire atop the Freedom Tower, in the One World Trade Center was scheduled for May Day, May 1st but wind conditions delayed the operation. The spire will bring the Tower to 1776 feet making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. I find the number "1776" ironic considering what has happened in Boston and what that date represents in the History of the United States.

NYC new look: One World Trade Center spire scrapes sky

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/02/18018285-nycs-new-look-one-world-trade-center-spire-scrapes-sky

The final section of the spire that will top off One World Trade Center is raised past iron workers to the top of the building in New York, on May 2. The spire will be permanently attached at a later date.

Construction crews on Thursday hoisted the final segment of spire that will top One World Trade Center and complete a piece of the New York City skyline missing since the 9/11 terror attacks.

A crane guided the final piece into a temporary structure that will house the section until final installation by iron workers at a later date.

Once installed, the spire — weighing more than 700 tons — will crown the Freedom Tower at 1,776 feet, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The building currently tops out at 1,368 feet.

By chance, the hoisting fell exactly two years after Navy SEALS shot and killed Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the terror attacks that demolished the two World Trade Center towers and killed thousands of Americans.

The event came one day after a 250-pound piece of an airplane wing, believed to be part of a 9/11 jetliner, was removed out of an alley near the World Trade Center where it was found last week and taken into police custody.

When the building is completed, and once it is verified by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, One World Trade Center will be the third-highest building in the world, behind Dubai's Burj Khalifa (2,717 feet) and Mecca's Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel (1,972 feet).

Willis Tower (formerly called Sears Tower) and the Trump International Hotel & Tower, both in Chicago, are currently the two highest buildings in the U.S.

The spire — complete with galvanized steel broadcast rings — will serve as part of the One WTC's transmission facilities for the region's media outlets. Perched at its tip is the spire's stainless steel beacon.

The spire's pieces were scheduled to be raised Monday but were delayed by wind.

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