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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The Durst Organization and Legends Hospitality, LLC invite members of the media to a first look at the observation deck on the 100th floor of One World Trade Center in Manhattan. (April 02, 2013) Photo Credit: Charles Eckert

In the ever-changing Manhattan skyline, One World Trade center is now the city's tallest skyscraper. On Dec. 12, 2012, workers hoist the first piece of the spire atp the 104 story building. (Dec. 12, 2012)

The Port Authority of New York and New
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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The Durst Organization and Legends Hospitality, LLC invite members of the media to a first look at the observation deck on the 100th floor of One World Trade Center in Manhattan. (April 02, 2013)

Last minute window cleaning takes place before a
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Last minute window cleaning takes place before a press conference at the observation deck of One World Trade Center in Manhattan.(April 02, 2013)

David Samson, Board of Commissioners of the Port
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David Samson, Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, speaks to members of the media during a first look at the observation deck of One World Trade Center in Manhattan. (April 02, 2013)

Dave Checketts (right holding microphone), Chairman and Chief
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Dave Checketts (right holding microphone), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Legends Hospitality Management, speaks to members of the media during a first look at the observation deck of One World Trade Center in Manhattan. (April 02, 2013)

The Port Authority of New York and New
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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, The Durst Organization and Legends Hospitality, LLC invite members of the media to a first look at the observation deck on the 100th floor of One World Trade Center on Tuesday in Manhattan. One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in New York City. (April 02, 2013).

The spire for the top of One World
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The spire for the top of One World Trade Center is stored next to the building on Tuesday in Manhattan. One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in New York City. (April 02, 2013)

The first section of a 408-foot spire is
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The first section of a 408-foot spire is hoisted by crane to the top of One World Trade Center. (Dec. 12, 2012)

One World Trade Center stands in construction as
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One World Trade Center stands in construction as the first of 18 segments of a spire crowning it was hoisted into place. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Workers watch as the first piece of the
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Workers watch as the first piece of the spire is hoisted atop One World Trade Center. (Dec. 12, 2012)

A photographer takes pictures as the first piece
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A photographer takes pictures as the first piece of the spire is hoisted atop One World Trade Center. (Dec. 12, 2012)

A worker wears a Teamsters union jacket as
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A worker wears a Teamsters union jacket as the first piece of the spire is hoisted atop One World Trade Center. (Dec. 12, 2012)

The first piece of the spire is hoisted
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The first piece of the spire is hoisted atop One World Trade Center. The first of 18 sections of spire was hoisted atop the 104-story building by crane this morning. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Workers prepare the first piece of the spire
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Workers prepare the first piece of the spire to be hoisted atop One World Trade Center. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Workers watch as the first piece of the
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Workers watch as the first piece of the spire is hoisted atop One World Trade Center. (Dec. 12, 2012)

The first piece of the spire is hoisted
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The first piece of the spire is hoisted atop One World Trade Center. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Workers pull a rope as they prepare the
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Workers pull a rope as they prepare the first piece of the spire to be hoisted atop One World Trade Center. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Workers watch as the first piece of the
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Workers watch as the first piece of the spire is hoisted atop One World Trade Center. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Workers watch as the first piece of the
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Workers watch as the first piece of the spire is hoisted atop One World Trade Center. The first of 18 sections of spire was hoisted atop the 104-story building by crane this morning. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Workers pull a rope as they prepare the
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Workers pull a rope as they prepare the first piece of the spire to be hoisted atop One World Trade Center. The first of 18 sections of spire was hoisted atop the 104-story building by crane this morning. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Workers gather as the first piece of the
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Workers gather as the first piece of the spire is hoisted atop One World Trade Center. The first of 18 sections of spire was hoisted atop the 104-story building by crane this morning. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Ironworker Billy Geoghan reaches out to maneuver a
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Ironworker Billy Geoghan reaches out to maneuver a steel beam as it is lifted by crane to the 104th floor of 1 World Trade Center in New York. (Aug. 2, 2012)

President Barack Obama's signature and thoughts are shown
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President Barack Obama's signature and thoughts are shown on a steel beam prior to it's installation on the 104th floor of 1 World Trade Center in New York. The beam was signed by the president with the notes: "We remember," ''We rebuild" and "We come back stronger!" during a ceremony at the construction site June 14. Since then the beam has been adorned with the autographs of workers and police officers at the site. The beam will be sealed into the structure of the tower, which is scheduled for completion in 2014. (Aug. 2, 2012)

Construction workers sign the final steel beam before
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Construction workers sign the final steel beam before it is lifted by crane 977 feet in the air and placed atop 4 World Trade Center, which will be the first tower completed on the 16-acre WTC site when it opens in the fall of 2013. (June 25, 2012)

Construction workers sign the final steel beam before
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Construction workers sign the final steel beam before it is lifted by crane 977 feet in the air and placed atop 4 World Trade Center, which will be the first tower completed on the 16-acre WTC site when it opens in the fall of 2013. (June 25, 2012)

Construction workers lift the final steel beam by
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Construction workers lift the final steel beam by crane 977 feet in the air and placed atop 4 World Trade Center, which will be the first tower completed on the 16-acre WTC site when it opens in the fall of 2013. (June 25, 2012)

From left to right front row: U.S. Rep.
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From left to right front row: U.S. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, World Trade Center developer Larry A. Silverstein and U.S. Rep. Peter T. King watch as construction workers lift the final steel beam by crane 977 feet in the air and placed atop 4 World Trade Center, which will be the first tower completed on the 16-acre WTC site when it opens in the fall of 2013. (June 25, 2012)

Construction workers sign the final steel beam before
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Construction workers sign the final steel beam before it is lifted by crane 977 feet in the air and placed atop 4 World Trade Center, which will be the first tower completed on the 16-acre WTC site when it opens in the fall of 2013. (June 25, 2012)

An American flag is draped on the side
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An American flag is draped on the side of One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. (June 14, 2012)

A load of steel is lifted past One
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A load of steel is lifted past One World Trade Center, right, to Four World Trade Center, not shown. (June 14, 2012)

Commuters walk past the World Trade Center construction
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Commuters walk past the World Trade Center construction site and One World Trade Center. (June 14, 2012)

Visitors to the National September 11 Memorial get
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Visitors to the National September 11 Memorial get a view of One World Trade Center. (June 14, 2012)

Pedestrians walk past One World Trade Center in
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Pedestrians walk past One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. (April 29, 2012)

An aerial view of One World Trade Center,
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An aerial view of One World Trade Center, has Brooklyn and part of the Manhattan Bridge in the background. When completed, the skyscraper will soar to 1,776 feet including a 408-foot-tall needle that will sit on the tower's roof. (April 30, 2012)

An aerial view of the top of One
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An aerial view of the top of One World Trade Center shows Jersey City, N.J., in the background. (April 30, 2012)

Construction continues on the World Trade Center Transportation
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Construction continues on the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in lower Manhattan. The elliptical-shaped structure, which will connect the New York City subway system with the PATH commuter rail system, is designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. (May 31, 2012)

A view along Hudson River Park south of
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A view along Hudson River Park south of Pier 40 looks toward One World Trade Center under construction in lower Manhattan. (May 29, 2012)

One World Trade Center rises above the lower
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One World Trade Center rises above the lower Manhattan skyline and the National September 11 Memorial, lower right, in New York City. The behemoth that will replace the Twin Towers destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks became New York City's tallest skyscraper April 30, when workers erected steel columns that raised it to a height of a little more than 1,250 feet. (April 17, 2012)

The Empire State Building, center, and One World
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The Empire State Building, center, and One World Trade Center, rear right, in Manhattan. (April 27, 2012)

The Empire State Building, with One World Trade
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The Empire State Building, with One World Trade Center in the background at right. (April 27, 2012)

One World Trade Center sparkles on a sunny
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One World Trade Center sparkles on a sunny April day, with the Empire State Building looming in the background. The so-called "Freedom Tower," rising above the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, became New York City's tallest skyscraper on April 30 after its erected steel columns put its unfinished skeleton at a little over 1,250 feet tall. (April 17, 2012)

The space shuttle Enterprise, riding on the back
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The space shuttle Enterprise, riding on the back of the NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies between the Empire State Building, left, and One World Trade Center as it arrives in New York on April 27, 2012. Enterprise is eventually going to make its new home in Manhattan at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. (April 27, 2012)

An artist's rendering of what One World Trade
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An artist's rendering of what One World Trade Center and accompanying buildings will look like once construction is completed on the site in downtown Manhattan. (April 29, 2012)

Even while far from finished, the new One
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Even while far from finished, the new One World Trade Center casts a beautiful nighttime glow on the Lower Manhattan skyline and Hudson River in New York City. (March 26, 2012)

This May 1973 photo released by the U.S.
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This May 1973 photo released by the U.S. National Archives shows ongoing urban development and construction on Manhattan's Lower West Side, just north of the World Trade Center, right. The image was taken for the then-new Environmental Protection Agency's Documerica program (1972-1977) to document subjects of environmental concern. (May 1973)

This photo taken April 10, 2012, shows urban
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This photo taken April 10, 2012, shows urban development in lower Manhattan, with One World Trade Center under construction at right. It was photographed near the location of a historic 1973 photo taken for the Documerica program, begun in 1972 by the newly created Environmental Protection Agency to document subjects of environmental concern. (April 10, 2012)

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