[h=1]One World Trade Center reaches height milestone[/h] [h=3]By Larry Higgs, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press[/h] Updated 1h 44m ago Comments NEW YORK â€“ Soon â€” perhaps as early as Monday â€” the iconic Empire State Building no longer will be king of the Big Apple's skyline. By Don Emmert, AFP/Getty Images The lower Manhattan skyline shows One World Trade Center on Friday. Enlarge By Don Emmert, AFP/Getty Images The lower Manhattan skyline shows One World Trade Center on Friday. [h=2]Sponsored Links[/h] Weather permitting, the rising steel frame of One World Trade Center is expected to surpass 1,250 feet in height, overtaking the roof of the observation deck of the 1930s vintage skyscraper and claiming the title of New York City's tallest building, says Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Workers will workers erect steel columns that will make its unfinished skeleton just enough to peak over the roof of the observation deck. [h=3]PHOTOS: New World Trade Center stands tall[/h] The title of tallest building in New York City was held by the World Trade Center's twin towers from the early 1970s until they were destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. When completed at a patriotic 1,776 feet and 104 floors, the so-called Freedom Tower will be 408 feet taller than the twin towers, according to the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, a not-for-profit group that tracks the building industry. One World Trade Center would surpass the 1,451-foot Willis Tower (former Sears Tower) in Chicago to become the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, says council spokesman Kevin Brass. The world's tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, at 2,717 feet. One World Trade Center's ultimate height doesn't come without controversy: its 1,776 feet includes a 408-foot-tall needle on the roof. Experts disagree on where to stop measuring monoliths outfitted with antennas, spires and masts. Purists say anything that can be removed, such as an antenna, should not be counted. "Height is complicated," said Nathaniel Hollister, a spokesman for The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats, a Chicago-based organization considered an authority on such records. The Empire State Building has an antenna, too, added in 1952. Counting the antenna, the granddaddy of super-tall skyscrapers stands 1,454 feet, well above the mark being surpassed by One World Trade Center on Monday. Experts and architects have long disagreed about where to stop measuring super-tall buildings outfitted with masts, spires and antennas that extend far above the roof. Consider the case of the Empire State Building: Measured from the sidewalk to the tip of its needle-like antenna, the granddaddy of all super-tall skyscrapers actually stands 1,454 feet high, well above the mark being surpassed by One World Trade Center on Monday. Purists, though, say antennas shouldn't count when determining building height. An antenna, they say, is more like furniture than a piece of architecture. Like a chair sitting on a rooftop, an antenna can be attached or removed. The Empire State Building didn't even get its distinctive antenna until 1952. The record books, as the argument goes, shouldn't change every time someone installs a new satellite dish. Excluding the antenna brings the Empire State Building's total height to 1,250 feet. That was still high enough to make the skyscraper the world's tallest from 1931 until 1972. From that height, the Empire State seems to tower over the second tallest completed building in New York, the Bank of America Tower. Yet, in many record books, the two skyscrapers are separated by just 50 feet. That's because the tall, thin mast on top of the Bank of America building isn't an antenna, but a decorative spire. Unlike antennas, record-keepers like spires. It's a tradition that harkens back to a time when the tallest buildings in many European cities were cathedrals. Groups like the Council on Tall Buildings, and Emporis, a building data provider in Germany, both count spires when measuring the total height of a building, even if that spire happens to look exactly like an antenna. This quirk in the record books has benefited buildings like Chicago's recently opened Trump International Hotel and Tower. It is routinely listed as being between 119 to 139 feet taller than the Empire State Building, thanks to the antenna-like mast that sits on its roof, even though the average person, looking at the two buildings side by side, would probably judge the New York skyscraper to be taller. Construction of One World Trade Center won't be completed until fourth quarter 2013 or first quarter 2014, Foye says. He says the structure is about 55% leased and is "poised to be a commercial success." News of the tower claiming top spot in the city's skyline is a bright spot for a redevelopment project plagued by cost overruns and delays . An audit found that World Trade Center redevelopment costs grew from an estimated $11 billion in 2008 to $14.8 billion today. :woohoo: About fucking time. It should've already been finished years ago.