Weather-permitting, One World Trade Center today officially becomes the western hemisphere's tallest building, as the final pieces of the tower's mast are put in place to top the building out at a symbolic 1,776 feet tall.
But it's not about being the tallest. Asia has taller buildings now.
It's about rising from the ashes of terror nearly twelve years ago, in what was surely New York's darkest day and also our nation's worst time. The new building marks a new start for the downtown area, and an affirmation of what makes New York such a great city. Even the most horrific act can't stop us. We may be a bit more cautious these days, but we continue to live and work and play and enjoy life in this wonderful place that's drawn people of all kinds to become New Yorkers.