One World Trade Center to Become Tallest Building in Western Hemisphere

Our favorite building, One World Trade Center is set to reach another milestone Monday, April 19 becoming the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

The final two sections of the 408-foot spire are set to be raised by constructors tomorrow Monday. The stainless steel spire will give the building its iconic height of 1,776 feet, the year of U.S. independence.

One World Trade Center became New York’s tallest building in April 2012.

Here are some of WTC 1’s latest pictures that can be seen on @WTCProgress


World’s Tallest Ferris Wheel Coming to New York

New York is getting another ‘biggest’ with the upcoming Ferris wheel which is to be built on Staten Island. It’s part of a plan to draw tourists to what’s been known as the ‘forgotten borough’.

The wheel to be called ‘New York Wheel’, is to grace a spot overlooking the Statue of Liberty, New York Habor and the downtown New York skyline. It’s a $230 million attraction with 625-foot-tall structure that will be higher than the Singapore Flying and the London Eye. New York Wheel will be an attraction unlike any other, said Michael Bloomberg Thursday.

Construction is set to begin in early 2014 and will be privately financed. The attraction will include an outlet mall and a 200-room hotel  and it’s set to open to public by the end of 2015.

Staten Island is the only one borough that is not accessible by subway. To residents in the area, the wheel will bring the borough more respect.

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Record Set for World’s Oldest Siblings

A pair of British sisters have set the Guinness World Record for being the world’s oldest siblings.

According to Guinness, Dorothy Richards, 108 and her sister Marjorie Ruddle, 105, have a combined age of 213 years and three months. And counting.

They celebrated their achievement on June 8 with a tea party in the nursing home where Ruddle now lives. Richards lives in a nearby retirement home.

“Really, all we wanted was to get the two of them together,” Pat Comber, Ruddle’s daughter, said, according to a statement from Guinness. “They haven’t seen each other for three years because my mother has a slight disability and my aunt is quite frail.”

They both attended college in London as young women, but returned home to Northampton to take care of the household when their mother died.

Later, they both married.

Ruddle married Dr. James Robertson Wills in 1932, and had three children with him. Five years after Wills died, she married Allan Ruddle.

Her sister married an optician, and they had three sons.


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