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Skyscrapers of New York City

by staff, 04/23/2014

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  • One World Trade Center
    Height: 1,776 feet
    NYC rank: 1
    The tall and short of it: The tallest building in New York City (and the western hemisphere) is now this Lower Manhattan edifice. Primarily designed by David Childs of the august firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, One WTC starts at ground level with a traditional square base—but, as it rises, the edges are pared away, yielding a distinctive eight-sided tower composed of a series of soaring isosceles triangles and topped by a 408-foot spire. Condé Nast is the biggest name of the tenants who will occupy the space. Obviously, there is a massive amount of emotion and history attached to the site, and the building nods to the original World Trade Center: the footprint of One WTC is the same size as that of each of the Twin Towers, and the observation deck will be at the former height of the north tower.
    Is there an observation deck? Not yet. The One WTC observation deck will open on floors 100–102 in 2015, though, and a lucky few have seen the views already

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