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Watch this: One World Trade Center's spire lowered into place above a miniature Manhattan

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one world trade center (youtube)
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Whether or not New York’s One World Trade Center is officially recognized as the tallest building in the western hemisphere, its highest point still stands a gargantuan 1,776 feet above street level. Last week, construction crews celebrated a milestone as the building’s 408-foot spire was carefully lowered onto the building's peak, and if you’re curious what the view of lower Manhattan looks like from a third of a mile up, take a look at the Port Authority's overhead view of the final segment being lifted into place. A GoPro camera was used to capture the slow ascent of the 40-ton hunk of steel, LED lights, and electrical components as it was lifted over a crowd of workers, who looked on and cheered from the deck far, far below.