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Superlative NYC

by staff, 02/20/2013

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  • Tallest Building
    New York City's skyline is unmistakable. Composed of skyscraper after skyscraper, NYC is famous for its dizzying heights—including those found at the Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building Observatory. (What else would you expect from a town that has its own Skyscraper Museum?) There's one building, however, that soars above them all—One World Trade Center proudly bears the title of tallest building in the Western hemisphere. At 1,776 feet (symbolizing the year of American independence), the 104-floor building, fixed with a 408-foot spire, is an architectural stunner with spiraling glass prisms that shift in shape from square to octagon. It's environmentally friendly too, built with recycled materials and rainwater-collecting mechanisms meant to reduce water consumption. Set on the site of the former Twin Towers, One WTC is part of a larger complex that also houses the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. —Christina Parrella

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