One World Trade Center's Freedom Tower is not the world's tallest building, but it is now officially the tallest building in New York City. Today workers set a steel beam that made the building 1,250 feet high, which is taller than the Empire State Building.
Even though its unfinished skeleton made it the tallest building in NYC, it is not the world's tallest building. When it's finished, it will likely be the third tallest in the world. Even so, the Freedom Tower's rise out of ashes is a sign of hope to many who have lived in the city since the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
When it is finished, Freedom Tower will stand 1,776 feet, but a large portion of that is a 408-foot-tall needle. The height of the building is symbolic because the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed in the year 1776. Interestingly, there is some disagreement over whether the needle should be considered a spire or an antennae. The decision over which one it is will determine if this building is truly the tallest in the U.S.
The true world's tallest building is Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, which stands an astonishing 2,717 feet. Freedom Tower will not even be close to that height when it is officially finished. Even so, it will be quite a site to see in New York City's skyline. It will be nice to see the building towering over the area that has been empty for more than a decade.