Video: Spire lifted to top of WTC 1

posted at 9:21 am on May 10, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

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The silver spire topping One World Trade Center on Friday was fully installed on the building’s roof, bringing the structure to its full, symbolic height of 1,776 feet.

Loud applause and cries of joy erupted from assembled construction workers as the spire was gently lowered and secured into place.

“It’s a pretty awesome feeling,” said project manager Juan Estevez from a temporary platform on the roof of the tower where he and other workers watched the milestone.

“It’s a culmination of a tremendous amount of team work … rebuilding the New York City skyline once again.”


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Long overdue but good to see it done.

Long may it stand.

SoRight on May 10, 2013 at 9:26 AM

“You can’t knock us down.”

Sadly, that’s probably not true.

Akzed on May 10, 2013 at 9:26 AM

…a shiny object?

KOOLAID2 on May 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM

That’s beautiful. I just hope we’re not “daft to build a castle in a swamp”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3YiPC91QUk

Chris of Rights on May 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Salute

Grunt on May 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM

*applause*

catmman on May 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM

That’s great- but I will not click on an NBC video.

And HA shouldn’t link to it.

Take NBC down

Bat Chain Puller on May 10, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Wait….what? Was the “signal” given by Lauer some sort of official event, because I can think of about 10,000 other people who should get the honor before Matt Freakin’ Lauer.

Bishop on May 10, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Hubby was in Newark yesterday looking over at Manhattan he asked, is the WTC finished?

Fallon on May 10, 2013 at 9:34 AM

No Imams to bless the occasion?

BL@KBIRD on May 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Finally.

Washington Nearsider on May 10, 2013 at 9:47 AM

“You can’t knock us down.”

Gee, that sounds like a challenge. Let’s hope that’s not the case.

Ward Cleaver on May 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Will it have loudspeakers, to broadcast the call to prayer?

/in the interest of diversity

Ward Cleaver on May 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

After all the red tape, insurance claims, bickering over who has authority over the WTC site, architectural conflicts, memorial issues, and whatever else…the installation of the spire is a big step towards closure of the 9/11 attack for NY’ers, and all Americans.

JetBoy on May 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

This is wonderful to see.

But I can’t help but thinking about the fact that this is occurring nearly 12 years after the 9/11 attacks. That it took so long to rebuild, and that the length of time was as long as it was because of all the arguing, bickering, fighting, suing, and the like, doesn’t really send a loud message to the world about our unity and our resolve.

Shump on May 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Outreach

Electrongod on May 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM

No Imams to bless the occasion?

BL@KBIRD on May 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Wasn’t izlam supposed to be represented in the ‘museum’ or memorial that was to be built in the ground floor?

BTW, how’s that gigantic niqab up in Shanksville doing? The circle of whatever.

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM

So Charlie Sheen’s uncle was in charge of this getting done? No wonder it took 12 years.

KGB on May 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM

and it only took close to 13 years !
- Mark Levin

13 years ???
- we built the Empire State Building in around 18 months during the Depression (1931)

- we built the Hoover Dam in 4 years, also during the Depression, completed in 1936

williampeck1958 on May 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM

This is wonderful to see.

But I can’t help but thinking about the fact that this is occurring nearly 12 years after the 9/11 attacks. That it took so long to rebuild, and that the length of time was as long as it was because of all the arguing, bickering, fighting, suing, and the like, doesn’t really send a loud message to the world about our unity and our resolve.

Shump on May 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

We’re in agreement on that.

The weirdest part to me is that the Pentagon…a government building of all things…was fully repaired in what, a year? Granted, the scale of damage wasn’t equal to the WTC…but still was finished pretty quickly.

JetBoy on May 10, 2013 at 10:04 AM

and it only took close to 13 years !
- Mark Levin

13 years ???
- we built the Empire State Building in around 18 months during the Depression (1931)

- we built the Hoover Dam in 4 years, also during the Depression, completed in 1936

williampeck1958 on May 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM

We built the Pentagon in 14 months. During a war.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Tower of Babelon

williampeck1958 on May 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM

After all the red tape, insurance claims, bickering over who has authority over the WTC site, architectural conflicts, memorial issues, and whatever else…the installation of the spire is a big step towards closure of the 9/11 attack for NY’ers, and all Americans.

JetBoy on May 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

They still have the $3 1/2 billion Calatrava ‘porcupine’/New Jesery subway headhouse still to build next to the Freedom Tower, and it’s even further behind schedule. It will probably be 2020 at least before the whole Ground Zero site’s scars are closed.

jon1979 on May 10, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Can anything good come out of New York?

1776′? Way to go,dudes.

Cleombrotus on May 10, 2013 at 10:13 AM

They still have the $3 1/2 billion Calatrava ‘porcupine’/New Jesery subway headhouse still to build next to the Freedom Tower, and it’s even further behind schedule. It will probably be 2020 at least before the whole Ground Zero site’s scars are closed.

jon1979 on May 10, 2013 at 10:10 AM

I thought about the PATH trains right after I hit “submit”…that’s probably the most expensive part of the whole site. Like your linked article stated, that Sandy storm really screwed things up as well. I was lucky and only lost power for a week…but much of lower Manhattan was flooded pretty bad.

And you know that 3.4 billion dollars will probably end up another billion by the time it’s done.

JetBoy on May 10, 2013 at 10:16 AM

So Charlie Sheen’s uncle was in charge of this getting done? No wonder it took 12 years.

KGB on May 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Get used to it. In 20 years they’re going to own NY’s labor market.

That is, IF there’s still a NY.

Cleombrotus on May 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM

We built the Pentagon in 14 months. During a war.

Happy Nomad on May 10, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I built my deck in a week. During the hot summer. With beer and a lounge chair calling to me every minute.

Bishop on May 10, 2013 at 10:22 AM

“It’s a pretty awesome feeling,” said project manager Juan Estevez from a temporary platform on the roof of the tower where he and other workers watched the milestone.

“It’s a culmination of a tremendous amount of team work … rebuilding the New York City skyline once again.”

After all these years, after deploying, being ‘stuck in Iraq’ according to Kerry -because I’m apparently some sort of dumbass, after living through the latest economic travails brought to us by CRA, Fannie and Freddie and the Barney Franks of America -but yet having it pinned on the ultimate bitter clinger, George Bush, after getting to ‘turn out the lights’ in Iraq and witness it being handed over to a State-and-CIA-created utterly corrupt coalition that includes Muqtada al-Sadr, and watching us move toward the same concluding, fizzling finale in Afghanistan … well …

the home of Hillary, Bloomie, Weiner, Schumer, Cuomo, Piers Morgan, the UN, and the all the other special people that hate my guts without knowing me … well … I don’t feel awesome and I don’t sense any teamwork. Cute building, though- I’m sure some wonderful unions made some wonderful money and provided some wonderful kickbacks to some wonderful politicians.

Wonderful.

M240H on May 10, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I always believed we should have built two towers, but taller. Building the towers IS the memorial. You can knock our towers down, but we will build them taller.

Oil Can on May 10, 2013 at 10:34 AM

You can knock our towers down, but we will build them taller. Oil Can on May 10, 2013 at 10:34 AM

That could get expensive.

Akzed on May 10, 2013 at 10:39 AM

At this point, what difference does it make?

MNHawk on May 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Amen.

PattyJ on May 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM

No Imams to bless the occasion?

BL@KBIRD on May 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

:Checking the White House Travel Office Schedule:

Nope.

Nut on a related note, will Ny’ers be blessed with the appearance of Obama the II marking the occasion…maybe a short 2 hour speech?

I mean, NY does has some pretty nice golf courses in Westchester County…and Michelle hasn’t been on a vacation since forever…

/sarc…maybe.

BlaxPac on May 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

:Checking the White House Travel Office Schedule:

Nope.

Nut on a related note, will Ny’ers be blessed with the appearance of Obama the II marking the occasion…maybe a short 2 hour speech?

I mean, NY does has some pretty nice golf courses in Westchester County…and Michelle hasn’t been on a vacation since forever…

/sarc…maybe.

BlaxPac on May 10, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Well…uh….uh….huh…let…me…be…clear…they…built…that.

(releasing spittle, choking to speak every word)

22044 on May 10, 2013 at 11:18 AM

This is wonderful to see.

But I can’t help but thinking about the fact that this is occurring nearly 12 years after the 9/11 attacks. That it took so long to rebuild, and that the length of time was as long as it was because of all the arguing, bickering, fighting, suing, and the like, doesn’t really send a loud message to the world about our unity and our resolve.

Shump on May 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Agreed. I think the 1,776 gimmick is pretty silly and that it should have been 2,001 feet tall. And there should have been a second tower next to it. I always have said “build them back” not “Build it back”. That being said, I’m glad it’s finished.

thebrokenrattle on May 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Agreed. I think the 1,776 gimmick is pretty silly and that it should have been 2,001 feet tall. And there should have been a second tower next to it. I always have said “build them back” not “Build it back”. That being said, I’m glad it’s finished.

thebrokenrattle on May 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I would agree if only because most students in NY wouldn’t even understand the relevance to 1776 nowadays.

But still, 12 years to build? And this is celebrated?

Didn’t the Empire State building get built in 1/4 that time?

BlaxPac on May 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Hopefully it’ll cast a shadow over that POS mosque.

Hawkerflyer on May 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM

But still, 12 years to build? And this is celebrated?

Didn’t the Empire State building get built in 1/4 that time?

BlaxPac on May 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Exactly, it should have taken 4 years, tops, to build two bigger, stronger towers.

thebrokenrattle on May 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM

10 years too late. Should have rebuilt, in same fashion, immediately.

May Bloomberg and the entire bureaucracy go to Hell. The terrorists won.

Obama’s brothers succeed, apace, the world over, with his covert help.

Wake up America. Wake up world.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

I built my deck in a week. During the hot summer. With beer and a lounge chair calling to me every minute.
Bishop on May 10, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Obama says you didn’t build that. You just, um, “assembled” parts other people produced, and your energy came from, um, food other people grew, and from beer, which other people made. Unless you um, brew your own, but Obama doubts you could make decent beer. Because all good beer comes from large unionized companies that donate to Democrats.

And you probably got deck plans from and watched how-to videos on the internet, and that came from Al Gore. So there.

/s ;)

Marcola on May 10, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Yep, you can’t knock us down. 12 years later, we will put HALF as many buildings right back on the same spot – U – S – A !!!!

puhlease

PJ Emeritus on May 10, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Not to disparage capitalism or our original concept of freedom, but I am getting tired of these platitudes meant to convince us that we are still strong and free.

“You can’t knock us down.”

We don’t really have to worry about “others” knocking us down, when we have apostates in the White House and in the media doing it for them.

Sterling Holobyte on May 10, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Golf clap.

Should’ve put them back the way they were.
A symbolic height made only so by an aluminum spire is just… Well it has about as much depth as anything Nancy Pelosi says… Now Al Quaeda can point at the spire and say “See? We made that.”

And dot forget that forever free WTC museum…

Skywise on May 10, 2013 at 1:51 PM

“You can’t knock us down.”

That quote makes me weep copious tears…of bitter, bitter laughter.

Oh, irony, thou art a b!tch.

squint on May 10, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Didn’t the Empire State building get built in 1/4 that time?

BlaxPac on May 10, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Not even. The Empire State building was done in something like 14 months. I can’t recall the exact number of days but it’s just over 400.

alchemist19 on May 10, 2013 at 4:33 PM

I wish I could have been one of those ironworkers bolting the thing into place. Sure, anonymous and unsung to all but close friends and relatives, but proud to have a hand in rebuilding an icon and sticking a thumb in the eye of all America’s enemies. It’s not impossible to knock it down again, but it damn sure won’t to be as easy as the first time, and we will still be able to put it back up again, as many times as needed.

RebeccaH on May 10, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Sheeple!

People who are Sheeple!

Are the wussiest people,

in NEW YORK CITY!!!!!!!!

So, you losers in New York going to finally wake up to the fact that your nanny nation mayor is talking out of his anus when it comes to things like sodium intake and soft drinks or what?

pilamaye on May 15, 2013 at 4:48 PM