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In Three Years the Freedom Tower Will no Longer be America’s Tallest Building

New York’s Nordstrom Tower will be 1,795 feet tall

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It seems like only yesterday that the Freedom Tower at One World Trade Center in New York beat Chicago for the hemisphere’s tallest building. Now, CityLab’s Kriston Capps reports that there’s a new tallest tower coming to town: the Nordstrom Tower, which will rise to a height of 1,795 feet and a title of the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building.

Capps reports on new diagrams for 217 West 57th Street  show the tower smashing height records. These plans have long been shrouded in secrecy, Nikolai Fedak reports for New York Yimby. Initially, the tower was supposed to lose to One World Trade Center by one foot. Now, newly-released drawings show a tower with 93 floors and a 265-foot parapet that beats out the Freedom Tower’s spire by 19 feet. Fedak writes that concrete is already being poured for the residential tower, which will open sometime in 2018.

Despite New York’s play for the Western Hemisphere’s tallest skyline, it pales in comparison with the Eastern Hemisphere. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which contains offices, a hotel, and plush apartments, is 2,716 feet tall. Baffled by cities’ skyline wars? Don’t worry — organizations like the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, which keeps a database of tall urban buildings and even gives out annual tallest building awards, keep track so you don’t have to.

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