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1 World Trade Center About to Surpass Empire State as Tallest Building in New York City: Time-Lapse VIDEO


The EarthCam has been keeping a watchful eye on the activity at One World Trade Center over several years. As early as Monday, the tower is expected to surpass the height of the Empire State Building, making it the tallest structure in New York City.

Check out the time-lapsee of it rising, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. I'm a sucker for this stuff, cool!

    Posted by: chad | Apr 27, 2012 9:16:38 AM

  2. The interesting bit is that the cranes on the roof have to lift each other up after every story gets built.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 27, 2012 11:11:02 AM

  3. These super tall skyscrapers s*ck to work in. And they're generally white elephants. Even the old WTC was a white elephant. Aside from politics and the bling factor, I'm not sure why they're still being built. They could have built high density lower rise skyscrapers on the WTC location and topped it off with a super tall communications tower like the CN in Toronto for a lot less $.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 27, 2012 11:17:03 AM

  4. @Ratbastard wah wahhhhhh

    Posted by: Sam Armstrong | Apr 27, 2012 11:38:07 AM

  5. @Sam Armstrong,


    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 27, 2012 11:50:13 AM

  6. Can anyone else see the video? When I click on it, it says it's marked private.

    Posted by: Kevin_BGFH | Apr 27, 2012 11:54:33 AM

  7. Poor RAT - I love tall and spectacular buildings, architecture is the summit of human achievement (one of them) and the men who work on them love them too, and get paid well, unless they work in Dubai.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 27, 2012 11:54:49 AM

  8. its a pretty boring building if you ask me. NY is just full of dull buildings now IMO. But then again I thought the original towers were an eyesore.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Apr 27, 2012 12:13:42 PM

  9. I get this video is private as well...

    Posted by: Scott | Apr 27, 2012 12:54:01 PM

  10. Because, Ratbastard, in America we need big, penis-shaped buildings to prove we're manly and strong, regardless of whether or not it makes sense economically.

    Posted by: jim | Apr 27, 2012 1:53:53 PM

  11. Here's a link that works:

    Posted by: theonlyhankinla | Apr 27, 2012 3:19:28 PM

  12. I saw the building last December and it was beautiful. I originally did not like the twin towers, but as I began to better appreciate modernist architecture, I grew to love them.

    If you really want penis-shaped, check out Seattle's Municipal Tower (formerly the AT&T building), glans and all.

    Posted by: David R. | Apr 27, 2012 6:22:13 PM

  13. Seattle Municipal Tower is fugley.



    I hear you, but this is a plague that's spread all over the world. Up until the late 90s the U.S. had most of the world's tallest skyscrapers, now the U.S. isn't even on the top 10 list.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 27, 2012 7:31:02 PM

  14. Same here. Marked private here as well. What gives?

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