Time-lapse videos may be a dime a dozen, but there's still something inexplicably powerful about watching a building grow from nonexistence into a full-fledged skyscraper. And when that building is the emotionally fraught One World Trade Centerwhich, at 1,776 feet, is the tallest building in the city as well as the whole Western Hemisphereit's even more striking. Photographer Benjamin Rosamond, whose apartment boasts a pretty amazing view of Downtown Brooklyn and lower Manhattan, raised $1,075 on Kickstarter, mounted a camera outside his living room window, and took upwards of 30,000 photos between February 2011 and July 2014. He winnowed it down to 1,100, and that's what resulted in the two-minute clip above. Watch out for game-changing arena Barclays Center taking shape in the bottom right corner, and Brooklyn's tallest tower, 388 Bridge Street and its slew of rentals, rapidly rising to the left of the Williamsburgh Savings Bank clocktower.
· Benjamin Rosamond Photography [official]
· All One World Trade Center coverage [Curbed]