The Empire State Building just lost its standing as New York City’s tallest building — being surpassed by a skyscraper that’s under construction, CBS News reports.
The new titleholder is One World Trade Center, being built on the site of the original World Trade Center. The new building passed the height of the Empire State Building when construction workers put up steel columns to push the building’s still unfinished frame past the 1,250-foot mark.
The report adds: “The tower still isn’t as high as the antenna that sits on the Empire State Building, but when complete will stand at 1,368 feet, beating out the midtown skyscraper that was for decades the world’s tallest. When counting a 408-foot-tall antenna spire that will sit on its roof, the ‘Freedom Tower’ will measure 1,776 feet.”
The story notes that experts usually don’t figure the antenna into the equation when determining building height. But even without the antenna, the new tower will be the second-tallest building in the country, behind Chicago’s Willis Tower.