Spire will make 1 WTC tallest building

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan photo

The Tribute in Light rises from behind 1 World Trade Center on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 in New York. Also under construction is 4 World Trade Center, center.

January 15, 2013 9:30 a.m. - Updated: 9:39 a.m.

NEW YORK — Workers using two giant cranes on the 104th floor roof of 1 World Trade Center have installed the first piece of the spire that will make it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

The nearly 70-ton piece was brought to Manhattan last month by barge. It’s the heaviest of 18 parts of the spire that will complete the 1,776-foot skyscraper symbolizing America’s freedom.

Dozens of construction workers were on hand today as the massive, round piece of steel slowly descended into its socket.

Below, there’s a view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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