It’s official! One World Trade Center, the Lower Manhattan skyscraper being built where the Twin Towers once stood, is now the tallest building in New York City.

This is no small feat, considering the uber-metropolis has nearly 100 buildings that stand over 600 feet. To give you some perspective on just how incredible that number is, Toronto has 13 buildings that stand over 600 feet.

One World Trade Center is still under construction, but once complete it will rise 1,776 feet above Lower Manhattan. According to the New York Post, the building’s skeleton recently surpassed the Empire State Building’s 1,250 foot high observation deck, reaching 1,271 feet with the addition of new steel columns.

“One World Trade Center will be the hub of new economic growth in Lower Manhattan and for the entire metropolitan region, attracting major businesses from across the globe and providing a workplace for thousands of New Yorkers,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Post article.

Pretty cool, right? We can’t wait to see the finished product. The estimated completion time is July 2012 and the building will be open for business around Summer/Fall of 2013.

Check out this time lapse video of the tower being constructed below (via New York Post):

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