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    Could somebody climb up there and see if that crane platform is gone yet?

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    At least mostly?


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    06.20.13












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    #4 is simply stunning- Thank YOUSE!

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    That's my favorite as well.

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    Can't go wrong with the Municipal Building!

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    They'd better put up those kevlar guy wires before a strong wind blows the spire away.

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    All The Way With #4 On Display. Awesome.

    Manhattan Mini Storage has a cool marketing pitch .

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    Angle suggestion Tectonic: perhaps try and find a shot that catches the top of St.Paul's spire and T1's antenna it may not be possible given the close proximity but I think there is an influence in the design of the T1 antenna from the church's spire.

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    Sorta got it here.


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    That's Trinity Church. St. Paul's is the Church on Broadway across Church St. from the WTC.

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    Oops you're right.

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    Wall Street Journal
    June 23, 2013

    No, That Isn't Freedom Tower

    World Trade Center's Tallest Building Has Identity Crisis

    By SARAH ROSE


    Even as One World Trade Center, above, is nearing completion, many still refer to it as the Freedom Tower.

    When Richard Blanco read his stirring poem "One Today" at President Barack Obama's second inaugural ceremony in January, he spoke of "the last floor on the Freedom Tower jutting into a sky that yields to our resilience."

    That prompted Jordan Barowitz, the director of external affairs for the Durst Organization, a part owner of the tower, to tweet: "Blanco, we like the shout out. But it's One World Trade Center!"

    The tallest building at the World Trade Center site is in the midst of a bit of an identity crisis as it nears completion. While the development's name was officially changed to One World Trade Center in 2009, many still refer to it as the Freedom Tower, the name it was given in 2003 when the trauma from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack was still fresh.

    "Not for long," says Douglas Durst, whose organization became a partner in the project, with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in 2010. He says the old name is fading quickly and, most important, there's no confusion among prospective tenants. "We're talking to a lot of people and it doesn't come up," he says.

    But Freedom Tower still sticks with many members of the public.

    "It was so dramatic and poignant, as we were sailing away from America, the last two things we saw were the Statue of Liberty and the Freedom Tower," says Gracie Best, a native of New Hampshire who recently relocated to England with her husband aboard the Queen Mary 2.

    In May, there was a flurry of media coverage as construction crews added a spire to the top of the building. Many of the stories used the old name.

    "Tonight, the Freedom Tower becomes the tallest building in the Western hemisphere," proclaimed Diane Sawyer on ABC's "World News."

    "The Freedom Tower, rising from ashes," read a CNN headline with a story from John Avlon, the senior political columnist for the Daily Beast and Newsweek. After being corrected via Twitter, Mr. Avlon replied: "I'm always going to call it the Freedom Tower."

    On Sunday, he said via email that referring to it that way "is a defiant matter of pride."

    Buildings are often retitled when anchor tenants move. But landmarks frustrate attempts at rebranding: The Met Life building on Park Avenue is still the Pan Am building to many, even though the airline ceased operations in 1991. Citi Field replaced Shea Stadium, which was torn down in 2009, yet many Mets fans seem not to have noticed.

    "When it comes to naming buildings, it's actually very difficult to change the name," says James Fox, chief executive of Red Peak Branding. "Names stick."

    When Chicago's Sears Tower became the Willis Tower in 2009, a national marketing campaign was launched. "We thought we had to make a really big public deal out of it, to get the word out," says Bob Wislow, the chairman and CEO of US Equities, which manages the 4.56-million-square-foot building.

    Of course, One World Trade Center is no ordinary building. For some, it will forever be associated with the 2001 terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 people.

    The Freedom Tower name was coined two years after the attacks by then-Gov. George Pataki as the rebuilding effort slowly moved forward.

    Many felt that the name and the tower's height—1,776 feet—were important symbols of the resolve and determination on the part of the American people to fight terrorism.

    But some minds changed as the rebuilding process advanced. Quietly and without fanfare in 2009, the Port Authority officially changed the name to One World Trade Center. The old name was considered emotionally charged and some felt that it might hinder the Port's leasing efforts, forever associating the building with the profound loss suffered on Sept. 11.

    "It's an office building and not a memorial and not a monument," says Mr. Durst, who wasn't involved in the renaming but says he supported the change.

    One World Trade is slated to open to the public and tenants in early 2015. About 55% of the building's approximately 3 million square feet are leased to the media company Condé Nast, the federal government, and a Chinese developer.

    Mr. Durst says prospective tenants today look at One World Trade Center as a modern building at a great location. Security is no more of a concern than at any other building, he says: "Time has gone by and people are concerned about other things."

    But some refuse to give up the Freedom Tower name, including people who were involved in the site's redevelopment.

    "I always say Freedom Tower," says Daniel Liebskind, the architect who led the redevelopment plan for the World Trade Center site. "The truth is that in the master plan, the notion of a 1,776-foot tower does ultimately refer to freedom."


    A view of One World Trade Center, which officially changed its name from the Freedom Tower in 2009.

    Copyright ©2013 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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    Mr. Durst says prospective tenants today look at One World Trade Center as a modern building at a great location. Security is no more of a concern than at any other building, he says: "Time has gone by and people are concerned about other things."
    LOL

    Put on a hard hat; walk out of the building, about 50 feet; turn around and look back.

    Now, what's that about security?

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