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1 World Trade Center Shines in New Renderings

By Julie Shapiro | August 7, 2012 4:16pm

LOWER MANHATTAN —The new One World Trade Center has never looked better.

New renderings released Tuesday show the shimmering skyscraper at sunset, reflecting the 9/11 Memorial and the Hudson River. The renderings also offer a peek at the tower's future plaza and lobby, as well as glimpses of what it will look like from Brooklyn and Staten Island once its glass coating is complete.

The 1,776-foot 1 World Trade Center, developed by the Port Authority and The Durst Organization, is now 55 percent leased. Tenants include Conde Nast, the U.S. General Services Administration and the China Center.

The new renderings do not show 2 or 3 World Trade Center, because developer Larry Silverstein does not plan to build them beyond a few stories until he can find tenants to fill them. Four World Trade Center, Silverstein's other office tower at the site, topped out in June.

Last week, a steel beam signed by President Barack Obama and other officials was hoisted to the very top of 1 World Trade Center, which is already the tallest building in the city and will stand tallest in the western hemisphere when completed.

One World Trade Center is scheduled to open in early 2014.