High-rises on rise, even in N.Y.

For The Record

March 27, 2005|By NEWSDAY

Three and a half years after the destruction of the World Trade Center prompted some pundits to proclaim the end of the skyscraper era, towers continue to bloom.

Taiwan's new 1,667-foot Taipei 101 will hold the title of world's tallest for the next few years - until the 1,776-foot Freedom Tower is built at Ground Zero. In Chicago, with uncharacteristic modesty, Donald Trump is putting up a new mastodon that will stop just shy of topping the iconic Sears Tower.

Meanwhile, a clutch of slightly less colossal Manhattan high-rises are proving that New Yorkers still want to live and work up in the air - or at least that developers have faith that they do. The 54-story tower at 7 World Trade Center is nearing completion as the first tall building to rise from the rubble of 9/11.

Sir Norman Foster's Hearst tower, at Eighth and 58th, promises to be one of the most attention-getting commercial buildings in the city. On Fifth Avenue, a crystal-faceted Bank of America Tower will reach 945 feet.

And at Eighth and West 43rd, construction has begun on the New York Times tower.

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