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The Freedom Tower should reach its final height this week, when the the spire is completed:

One World Trade Center is about to become the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Crews are set Monday to raise the final two sections of the skyscraper’s 408-foot spire, bringing it to its final height of 1,776 feet, according to officials.

Construction on the stainless steel spire began in December, when pieces of it started coming into the city from New Jersey and Canada.

The structure contains 18 sections and weighs nearly 800 tons. The 104-story tower became the city’s tallest building about a year ago.

Here are a couple of pictures I took yesterday (a rainy day) on my way to work. In case you are wondering (well, not everyone is a New Yorker obviously!), this is the tallest one in the background.