A decade after the original September 11, 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City, the new One World Trade Center reclaimed its place as the tallest building in New York on Monday, surpassing the Empire State Building by 21 feet when its first steel column on the roof of the 100th floor was raised and the fastenings were made firm.
The new One WTC will not reach its final height for several months, but now the building can officially claim to be the tallest building in New York. It definitely fills some empty space in the sky that has been missing ever since 2001. And it is a sign that America can recover from attack and start over again. As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, “The new World Trade Center is more than just a skyscraper: It is a symbol of the enduring spirit of the city and state of New York, representing our commitment to rebuilding stronger than before.”