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[PHOTOS] Final section of the WTC spire hoisted

May 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM   |   Comments

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May 2 (UPI) -- The final section of the new World Trade Center's spire was raised to the top of "One" on Thursday. The section -- the 17th and 18th pieces -- will top off the building at the iconic height of 1,776 feet.
A crew member helps position the final section of spire before it raised by crane to the top of One World Trade Center skyscraper in New York City on May 2, 2013. The final section, comprising the 17th and 18th pieces, will bring the building to its iconic height of 1776. Once the pieces are installed, at a later date, the spire will make One World Trade Center the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. UPI/John Angelillo
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The final section of spire is raised by crane to the top of One World Trade Center skyscraper in New York City on May 2, 2013. The final section, comprising the 17th and 18th pieces, will bring the building to its iconic height of 1776. Once the pieces are installed, at a later date, the spire will make One World Trade Center the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. UPI/John Angelillo
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The final section of spire is raised by crane to the top of One World Trade Center skyscraper in New York City on May 2, 2013. The final section, comprising the 17th and 18th pieces, will bring the building to its iconic height of 1776. Once the pieces are installed, at a later date, the spire will make One World Trade Center the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. UPI/John Angelillo
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Once the structure's height is verified, it will become the tallest building in the Americas. Last year, while it was still under construction, "One" was already taller than the Empire State building by 21 feet.

One World Trade Center stands where the destroyed original World Trade Center once stood in New York City on April 30, 2012. One World Trade Center officially surpassed the height of the Empire State Building today to become New York City's tallest building. UPI/John Angelillo
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Installation of the spire was supposed to happen Monday, but it was delayed by bad weather.

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