Skyscrapers of New York City
by nycgo.com staff, 04/23/2014 [Updated 02/18/2016]
Photo: Julienne Schaer
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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 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 occupying 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 is at the former height of the north tower.
Is there an observation deck? Yes: One World Observatory, which is 1,250 feet high. Guests arrive there in a very speedy elevator—it takes just a minute to ascend—and experience panoramic views of the City.