Acrophobia Alert: HD Footage From the World Trade Center’s New Spire

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May 14 2013 11:09 AM

Acrophobia Alert: HD Footage From the World Trade Center’s New Spire

The final section of spire is installed atop One World Trade Center
The final section of spire is installed atop One World Trade Center

Photo by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey via Getty Images

Last week, a 40-ton spire was hauled up to the tippy-top of the new World Trade Center, making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere (well, maybe). Aside from raising the WTC to the symbolic height of 1,776 feet, the spire will broadcast TV and radio signals.

Lucky for you and me, someone decided to slap a high-definition camera on that bugger as it went up, so we have nine glorious minutes of looking down at New York City from a vantage point previously reserved for the likes of King Kong, Spider-Man, and a handful of dudes from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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A day may come when we tire of putting GoPro cameras on everything high and low, but it is not this day.

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