The final sections of a 125-metre spire were hoisted to the top of One World Trade Centre on Thursday, signalling a close to the saga between the New York development team and a Quebec steel manufacturer that once threatened to bring the whole operation to a halt.
The last two pieces of the spire, draped in the American flag, were hauled up more than 410 metres in what organizers called “a historic milestone.”
Thursday also marked the two-year anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s death at the hands of U.S. Navy Seals.
The spire — comprised of 18 pieces that will provide the necessary footage to make One World Trade Centre the tallest tower in the western hemisphere — was shipped to a lower Manhattan pier from Quebec in November, following a resolution between the French-Canadian steel manufacturer and the Port Authority.
In October 2012, the Port Authority responsible for constructing the…
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