Tower Takes 2nd-Tallest NYC Honors

New BofA building outgrows Chrysler; only Empire State is taller
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2007 4:10 PM CST
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(Newser) – The Big Apple skyline’s getting a new No. 2, the New York Observer reports: Bank of America's new headquarters is set to overtake the Chrysler Building this week as runner-up to the Empire State Building. Luckily for the newcomer, height is traditionally marked at the “structural top”: The definition excludes radio antennas but includes One Bryant Park’s 250-foot spire.

The BofA headquarters will top off at 1,200 feet—50 feet shy of the Empire State Building (not counting its 200-foot antenna) and 152 more than the art deco masterpiece four blocks down 42nd Street. But One Bryant Park’s stint at the top may be brief: Two skyscrapers planned for the former World Trade Center site would outdo it. (Read more Chrysler Building stories.)