With the Twin Towers in the background, fellow Woody Boater Marty Feletto (driving – with then wife Donna) and friend Ron Schultz on board the very original 1931 30′ Hackercraft triple. Marty noted – “We were messing around in New York City, cruising down the Hudson River and up the East River, back out through Hells Gate on our way around Manhattan Island on the first Hudson River ACBS trip.” – Circa 1992.
Friday was a historically significant day for America and the New York City skyline with the installation of the final section of the silver spire atop New York’s new One World Trade Center skyscraper, a symbolic event for America’s biggest city after terrorists destroyed the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center at the same site in 2001.
With the last work on the spire completed on Friday, the new building reaches a height of 1,776 feet or 541 meters, a figure meant to recall the year the United States declared its independence from England in 1776.
The 124-meter spire weighs 758 tons and was installed over several months. It houses an antenna for a broadcast facility planned for the building.
The new trade center is scheduled to open for business next year. The new One World Trade Center could be the tallest building in the United States and the third tallest in the world.
The distinction depends on whether one considers the spire part of the building’s architectural design and counted as part of its height, or whether the spire’s primary purpose is to house the antenna, with the actual official height substantially lower at the rooftop level.
Check out the WTC Progress Facebook page to see some amazing images of the spire sections being installed on One World Trade Center.