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A new WTC joins New York skyline

world Updated: Mar 22, 2011 20:38 IST

One World Trade Center, aka the Freedom Tower, has finally joined the New York skyline, as its steel frame now stands at 58 stories - with a new floor being added every week.

One World Trade Center is the leader building of the new World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan.

According to the Daily Mail, around 2,800 people labour around the clock to raise a new future from the ashes of two of New York’s most iconic landmarks.

“We want people to be able to see that downtown does have this incredible future to it,” said Chris Ward, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Ward further said that he hoped people will be able to see in six months that, despite the ongoing construction, the site’s days as a disaster zone are ending.

“It will be a place where you meet a friend for lunch. Where you meet a date. Where you race across the plaza and beneath the trees to get out of the rain. We want New Yorkers to make their own narrative there,” Ward said.

Upon completion, it will be the tallest building in the United States, standing at a height of 1,776 feet, and among the tallest buildings in the world.

Along with One World Trade Center, the new World Trade Center site will feature three other high-rise office buildings and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.