Dizzying Video Shows Workers Placing Spire On One World Trade Center -- promo

Category: Daily Promo / May 15, 2013 12:46PM EDT

 The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey released video on Tuesday (May 14) showing a bird's-eye view of the final installation of the 408-foot steel spire at the One World Trade Center.

Workers completed the spire on New York's One World Trade Center on Friday (May 10), raising the building to its full height of 1,776 feet (541 meters) and helping fill a void in the skyline left by the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The spire makes the building the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, 47 feet (14 meters) taller than Chicago's Willis Tower, though it is substantially shorter than towers in the Middle East and Asia.

Formerly called the Freedom Tower, One World Trade Center is one of four skyscrapers being built around the site of the fallen Twin Towers in a partnership between developer Larry Silverstein and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site.

The tower's height is a reference to the year 1776, which marked the beginning of the American Revolution against British rule and is considered the start of what became the modern United States.

Video Source: Reuters