Three quarters of a century ago, one of my father's brothers was part of the army of construction workers who completed the Empire State Building - in just one year! Backers of the Empire State Building were in fierce competition with backers of the Chrysler Building (just a few blocks away) - both vying for the distinction of the World's Tallest Building.
- "By Monday, the rising steel frame of One World Trade Center is expected to surpass the 1930s vintage skyscraper, passing the title of tallest building in the city — and in the Western Hemisphere— to lower Manhattan....At 1,776-feet and 104 floors, the new tower will be 408 feet taller than the Twin Towers" (One World Trade Center Will Soon be West's Tallest Tower, Asbury Park Press, 4/27/12).
Along with absolute pride, Monday will bring a certain bittersweetness, in that NYC - & the USA generally - no longer even comes close to the distinction of being the World's Tallest Building (One World Trade Center is just two or three blocks from the Woolworth Building, which - at one time - held the distinction of being the World's Tallest Building.). Yet, the rise of One World Trade Center is a magnificent comeback story.
P.S. When I spotted this (just this past month), I could not resist reaching for my cell phone camera. It shows portopotties being lowered from the top of the construction site....