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NYC World Trade Center's Height to be Decided by Panel of Architects in Chicago

Supposed to be 1,776 feet, but if they don't count the needle it'll be 1,368 feet and the second tallest US tower after the Willis (formerly Sears) tower

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Rising from the ashes of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the new World Trade Center tower has punched above the New York skyline to reach its powerfully symbolic height of 1,776 feet and become the tallest building in the United States. Or has it?

A committee of architects recognized as the arbiters on world building heights was meeting Friday to decide whether a design change affecting the skyscraper's 1,338-feet needle disqualifies it from being counted. Disqualification would deny the tower the title as America's tallest.