The humble beginnings of 1 World Trade Center
After so many years of confusion and paralysis at Ground Zero, I was amazed to see the above on March 1, 2009: Steel from 1 World Trade Center visible at sidewalk level.
Thirty-eight months later, shortly after 2 p.m. Monday April 30, 1 World Trade Center reclaimed the title of New York’s tallest tower from the Empire State Building. The ESB is 1,250 feet high (not including the antenna) and a piece of steel thrust the World Trade Center to 1,271 feet.
This isn’t the first time a building by the name of 1 World Trade Center has accomplished the same feat. The original North Tower of the first World Trade Center eclipsed the ESB in height on Oct. 19, 1970, by a mere four feet on that day, the NYT’s David Dunlap explains in a nice overview of today’s milestone.
Once the tower is complete, it will have reached a height of 1,368 feet, the same as its lost Twin Tower namesake. And, once the broadcasting mast/spire is attached, 1 World Trade Center will reach the patriotic height of 1,776 feet. (Whether that makes it the tallest in the U.S. is part of a complicated debate.)
This blog post will show 1 WTC’s rise through pictures I have been taking during the past three years.
MARCH 1, 2009
MAY 26, 2009
JUNE 18, 2010
SEPTEMBER 3, 2010 (during visit to memorial, under construction)
FEBRUARY 13, 2011 (1 WTC and 7 WTC have a curious twin effect)
JUNE 26, 2011 (becoming a commanding skyline presence)
LATE JUNE 2011 (visible, with WTC memorial)
AUGUST 6, 2011
As the tower looks from inside 7 WTC, next to a model of 1 WTC
SEPTEMBER 10, 2011 (red white and blue for 10th anniversary of 9/11)
OCTOBER 16, 2011
DECEMBER 13, 2011
MARCH 9, 2012 (lit red in honor of Cardinal Dolan)
MARCH 18, 2012 (a dramatic presence on lower Manhattan’s skyline)
MARCH 19, 2012 (as seen from Trump SoHo)
MARCH 31, 2011
APRIL 24, 2011
APRIL 29, 2012 (one day before becoming NYC’s tallest)
Text and photos: Rolando Pujol