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One World Trade Center slated to be N.Y.'s tallest building

Published: Sunday, Aug. 2 2015 1:12 a.m. MDT

One World Trade Center, left, now up to the 100th floor, and Four World Trade Center, right, overlook the ongoing construction of the site, Sunday, April 1, 2012 in New York.  (Associated Press) One World Trade Center, left, now up to the 100th floor, and Four World Trade Center, right, overlook the ongoing construction of the site, Sunday, April 1, 2012 in New York. (Associated Press)

NEW YORK — The new World Trade Center has reached a milestone: The skyscraper being built to replace the terror-wrecked twin towers is now 100 stories high — on its way to becoming New York's tallest building.

Another four feet, and it will surpass the Empire State Building. That should happen within weeks, Steven Coleman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Monday.

One World Trade Center is expected to be finished by next year, its 104 floors towering over lower Manhattan.

But feet not stories determine whether a building ranks as the tallest. The twin towers, built in the 1970s, were New York's tallest structures until destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack.

The Empire State Building then became the city's tallest building at 1,250 feet.

A square pool, center, at the National September 11 Memorial is surrounded by ongoing construction, Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the World Trade Center in New York. (Associated Press) A square pool, center, at the National September 11 Memorial is surrounded by ongoing construction, Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the World Trade Center in New York. (Associated Press)

At 101 floors, One World Trade will reach 1,254 feet above street level. Upon completion, it will be 1,368 feet to its rooftop.

With a mirror-like glass surface, One World Trade stands tall above the 16-acre site where other new buildings also are rising.

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