When I was born, the tallest building in the world was The Empire State Building, here in NYC. It was replaced by the twin towers of The World Trade Center, which was being built as I was in college. It didn't have the character of The Empire State Building (Fay Wray would be quoted as saying, there's no place for King Kong to climb). But it became the symbol of NYC and a part of our skyline ... until September 11, 2001!
But we are NYers and we don't stay down for long, and neither does our skyline. The 1776 foot Freedom Tower - officially, One World Trade Center - is almost complete on the site. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the official arbiters of all things architectural, ruled late last year that the Freedom Tower - when it is complete - will officially be the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.