The Empire State Building was the tallest free-standing structure in the world from its completion in 1931 to 1967. It was also the tallest building in New York City until 1972, when the debut of the original World Trade Center tower in 1972 demoted the building to second place.
Now, the legendary Empire State Building is once again being demoted.
Today, the new One World Trade Center, or “Freedom Tower”, is to become New York City’s tallest building, surpassing the height of the legendary Empire State Building.
At 2pm today, the unfinished building will stand 1,250 feet high. At its completion, which won’t be for at least another year, the One World Trade Center will be 1,776 feet tall. Even without its 408-foot antenna spire, it will still be the second-highest building in the US next to the Willis Tower in Chicago.
The owners of the Empire State Building declined to comment, but they did tell the Post: “The world’s most famous office building, the ancestor of all super-tall towers, welcomes our newer, taller cousin to the skyline.”