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1 World Trade Center Hardhat Tour: Concrete, Steel, and Views

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As part of Open House New York weekend, we were lucky enough to snag a spot on one of the hardhat tours of 1 World Trade Center, what will one day be North America's tallest and most well-read skyscraper. Steel has now risen to the 42nd floor of the tower, and the sturdy skeleton will continue to inch upward until the first month of 2012. That slow ascent won't stop the first chunks of glassy curtain wall from being installed, a process that will begin next month. See ya later, creepy skull of doom!

The Port Authority led our group up to the 25th floor of the building, where we got to set foot inside Graydon Carter's corner office (at least that's what we were pretending!) and take in some views of Lower Manhattan and the buzzing Ground Zero site, which is now a seven-day-a-week operation. In other long-delayed megaproject reveals, Gothamist took an OHNY tour of the Farley Post Office, slated to become Moynihan Station just in time for robot-driven Google cars to replace all other modes of transportation.
· World Trade Center [Port Authority]
· 1 World Trade Center coverage [Curbed]