By Verena Dobnik
New York — The new World Trade Center has reached a benchmark: The skyscraper that replaces the twin towers is now 100 stories high and on its way to becoming New York’s tallest building.
Another 4 feet, and it will surpass the Empire State Building. That should happen within weeks, Steven Coleman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Monday.
One World Trade Center is expected to be finished by next year, its 104 floors towering over lower Manhattan.
The twin towers, built in the 1970s, were New York’s tallest structures until destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack.
Upon completion, One World Trade will be 1,368 feet to its rooftop.
One World Trade grew from 93 stories to 100 just since last week. That’s because six floors don’t actually exist; the numbers were skipped to make up for the building’s massive base, plus mechanical equipment taking up space.