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April 30, 2012
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FILE- In this April 17, 2012, file photo, One World Trade Center, rises above the lower Manhattan skyline and the National September 11 Memorial, lower right, in New York. One World Trade Center, the giant monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, will lay claim to the title of New York City’s tallest skyscraper on Monday, April 30, as workers erect steel columns that will make its unfinished skeleton a little over 1,250 feet, just high enough to peak over the observation deck on the Empire State Building. The milestone is a preliminary one. The so-called “Freedom Tower” isn’t expected to reach its full height for at least another year, at which point it is likely to be declared the tallest building in the U.S.

Mark Lennihan photo

FILE - In this April 17, 2012, file photo, One World Trade Center, right, rises above the Manhattan skyline and the Empire State Building, center, in New York. One World Trade Center, the giant monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, will lay claim to the title of New York City’s tallest skyscraper on Monday, April 30 as workers erect steel columns that will make its unfinished skeleton a little over 1,250 feet, just high enough to peak over the observation deck on the Empire State Building, center. The milestone is a preliminary one. The so-called “Freedom Tower” isn’t expected to reach its full height for at least another year, at which point it is likely to be declared the tallest building in the U.S.

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This April 27, 2012, photo shows the Empire State Building, center, and One World Trade Center, rear right, in New York. One World Trade Center, the giant monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, will lay claim to the title of New York City’s tallest skyscraper on Monday, April 30, as workers erect steel columns that will make its unfinished skeleton a little over 1,250 feet, just high enough to peak over the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

Mark Lennihan photo

In this March 23, 2012, photo, an ironworker walks a steel beam at the top of One World Trade Center in New York. One World Trade Center, the giant monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, will lay claim to the title of New York City’s tallest skyscraper on Monday, April 30, as workers erect steel columns that will make its unfinished skeleton a little over 1,250 feet, just high enough to peak over the observation deck on the Empire State Building. The milestone is a preliminary one. The so-called “Freedom Tower,” isn’t expected to reach its full height for at least another year, at which point it is likely to be declared the tallest building in the U.S.

Mark Lennihan photo

Ironworkers Adam Cross, left, and Steven Cross walk across the top deck of the World Trade center after connecting two steel columns, left, to make the tower New York City’s tallest skyscraper, Monday, April 30, 2012 in New York. The cousins are from the Kahnawae native american reservation in Quebec, Canada. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on Monday. That’s just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

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Ironworker Jim Brady climbs a column at the top of One World Trade Center to make it New York City’s tallest skyscraper, Monday, April 30, 2012 in New York. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on Monday. That’s just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

Mark Lennihan photo

Ironworkers Adam Cross, left, and Steven Cross connect a steel beam between two columns at the top of One World Trade Center to make it New York City’s tallest skyscraper, Monday, April 30, 2012 in New York. The cousins are from the Kahnawae native American reservation in Quebec, Canada. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on Monday. That’s just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

Mark Lennihan photo

A crane on the top deck of One world Trade Center holds a steel beam between two columns to make the tower New York City’s tallest skyscraper, Monday, April 30, 2012 in New York. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on Monday. That’s just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

Mark Lennihan photo

A torn safety net on One World Trade Center provides a window view of the Manhattan skyline, Monday, April 30, 2012 in New York. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on Monday. That’s just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building.

Mark Lennihan photo

A torn safety net on One World Trade Center provides a window view of the Manhattan skyline, Monday, April 30, 2012 in New York. One World Trade Center is being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. It reached just over 1,250 feet on Monday. That’s just taller than the observation deck on the Empire State Building.