The Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world following its completion in 1931. It lost the title in 1972 to the World Trade Center, but regained its status as the tallest in New York following the horrible terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Yesterday it was again demoted to being the second tallest in the city when the new One World Trade Center building surpassed its height of 1,250 feet tall.
The model of the new building inside of Google Earth is updated regularly, but SketchUp artist Athinaios in the 3D Warehouse regularly updates his model and is a much better source to use.
You can pull the model directly into Google Earth by using this KML file. To avoid having both buildings overlapping, you can right-click on the existing model and choose “Hide Building”. Any buildings hidden using this method will automatically be restored the next time you start Google Earth.
Nice work, Athinaios!
(via SketchUp Island)