Today, if all goes according to plan, 1 World Trade Center will claim its spot as the tallest in New York City when the first beam of the 100th floor goes up. It will rise pass the height of the Empire State Building at 1251 feet. The new building, which ultimately will rise to the symbolic height of 1776 feet with a large broadcast tower, is expected to top out this summer and will open for business in 2014.
Below is a very cool video that came out this weekend to commemorate the progress on the new World Trade Center. Shot over the course of 7 years, it shows the building rise in a stunning time-lapse film. Watch as 1 World Trade Center rises from below ground to tower over lower Manattan in just under 2 minutes.