By Ivan Pereira and Dan Rivoli AM NY
Developers of 1 World Trade Center and urban planning experts predict the iconic new tower will lure plenty of tenants before it opens despite being 45% vacant 18 months before its expected completion.
World Trade Center complex. (Silverstein Properties)
Condé Nast, the biggest tenant; the federal government; China Center New York and the Legends Hospitality Group, which manages the observation deck, are the only companies that have signed leases for 1 WTC.
Developers said they expected this pace for leasing the real estate.
Sean Schielke, of Southbury, was a 27-year-old international bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, working at the North Tower of the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001. He was one of more 150 Connecticut residents who died in the terrorist attacks that day, and one of more than 600 Cantor Fitzgerald employees to lose their lives.
More than a decade after the attacks, a spire was fully installed atop the new 1 World Trade Center, bringing the New York City skyscraper to its symbolic height of 1,776 feet. The addition of the spire makes it the tallest structure in the U.S. and third-tallest in the world,
In Fairfield County, those affected by 9/11 had mixed feelings about the new tower’s progress. Some saw it as a step forward from that terrible day, including Schielke’s mother, Patricia.
By Erik Badia and Ryan Sit New York Daily News
With the twists of a few final bolts, the steel spire atop One World Trade Center was installed Friday morning — raising the building’s height to a symbolic 1,776 feet.
In this handout photo provided by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the final section of spire is installed atop One World Trade Center May 10, 2013 in New York City. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey via Getty Images
A sea of construction workers stared into the blue spring sky with pride and delight after the finishing touches were applied about 8 a.m.
Ironworker Warren Smith, 49, said everyone involved understood the significance of the lower Manhattan milestone.