I’ve been keeping my eye on the top of WTC1 from my East Village window. The top of the spire is supposed to be hoisted up soon. I haven’t noticed this happening yet, but I haven’t been that vigilant. I did notice about an hour ago that the crane on the left was leaning out and had its cable all the way down. I thought the hoisting might happen soon, but now as you can see, the crane is upright and the cable is retracted. The wind right now are from the south at 5 MPH. Do they need dead calm to do the job?
The most expensive building in the world, rises in this view down Thompson Street just south of Washington Square Park in the West Village.
One World Trade Center is just starting to poke up into the downtown skyline. I can just see the cranes from my Lower East Side rooftop. This photo is shot from Canal and Chrystie Streets. You can see the Beekman Tower, looking sleek without its scaffolding, on the left.
Where the added red lines meet is where the roof of the building will be. “The roof (including a 33 ft 4 in (10.16 m) parapet) of the top floor of One World Trade Center will be 1,368 feet (417 m), the same as the original One World Trade Center. With its spire height, One World Trade Center will stand at 1,776 feet (541 m), a figure symbolic of the year of the United States Declaration of Independence.” One World Trade Center – Wikipedia
Jake Dobkin of the Gothamist has some great shots of the site from up high.
Viewed from the northwest.
I went for a walk last night and the 9/11 tribute light in the sky caught my attention. I decided to follow them to their source. On Church Street a few blocks north of the former WTC site I came upon this rally in support of the Park 51 project, the so called Ground Zero Mosque. Imam Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid the Amir (leader) of the Harlem Shura, a coalition of seven Harlem mosques, and Rep. Keith Ellison from Minnesota, the first Muslim to be elected to Congress, spoke. The Rally was organized by Neighbors for American Values.