New York’s newest “Tallest Building”

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)

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. The view from atop of this new building won’t be any clearer for America and the real effects on our society from the original towers being dropped in what is largely considered a False Flag Operation. Under the guise of fighting terrorism, the Patriot Act was adopted WITHOUT public approval or vote just weeks after the events of 9/11. A mere 3 criminal charges of terrorism a year are attributed to this act, which is mainly used for no-knock raids leading to drug-related arrests without proper cause for search and seizure. The laws are simply a means to spy on our own citizens and to detain and torture dissidents without trial or a right to council. You can read much more about living in this Orwellian society of fear and see my visual response to these measures on my artist’s blog at

  2. Thomas F. says:

    First sentence says “the tallest building in the world” – is this a typo or do i miss something? Actually, there’s still a few buildings which are quite taller:

  3. Thomas F. says:

    Note: there’s a better image. Quite impressive!

  4. Mickey says:

    Thomas — That sentence is referring to 1931, when it actually was the tallest in the world.

  5. I wonder how long it will be before there is another 1993 type bombing attack on it?

  6. TheUniversalTruth says:

    In response to Brandt.
    The reason why that and other false flag incidents are happening more and more is because over time people allowed themselves to not have any spiritual values to their lives or meaning so they feel worthless and don’t bother to fight back big media.
    As a result we are now stuck in all sorts of dualistic circles of this vs that or us vs them type scenarios which will only get more extreme not less.
    Often there are dualistic circles within circles within circles.
    This way the elite control took advantage of the ongoing situation by making it seem like you only have the choice of religious control where you are directly controlled by altered BS doctrine or scientific materialism where life has no value and we all just live to die.
    Science in the 1800s used to reflect more spirituality and the mainstream was becoming more influenced in finding their own personal meanings.
    Poetic works and plays where at an all time high.
    There has never been such a creative time period in all of history but the dark forces once again took the reigns and slowly drugged people.
    We are in for Mr Toads Wild Ride since ascension has been delayed.
    This is as detailed as I can get as I suck at spelling.

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