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Old Posted Feb 13, 2014, 1:40 AM
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I really hope someday someone comes to their senses and covers that "spire" with something.

Or at least bulks up the communications ring with radio dishes.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2014, 1:43 AM
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I really hope someday someone comes to their senses and covers that "spire" with something.

Or at least bulks up the communications ring with radio dishes.
The latter of what you said will definitely happen, it's just matter of when.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2014, 2:46 AM
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I really hope someday someone comes to their senses and covers that "spire" with something.

Or at least bulks up the communications ring with radio dishes.
you get used to it
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2014, 3:14 AM
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Security concerns aside- compositionally speaking it might have been interesting to 'reverse' the spiral, putting 1wtc in place of 4, and stepping down up greenwich street, and putting the current '4wtc' where 1 is now. It might have reinforced a more prewar shaped skyline.
Silverstein wanted to swap the locations of 1 and 2, since the governor insisted tower 1 be built first, which wasn't the actual plan. Silverstein's reasoning that it would be closer to the PATH transit center didn't make sense.


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I can confirm that the spire is brighter now than it was last week. I could see both the WTC and ESB coming home from work and they were both just about as bright
I've been wondering why the Empire State lighting is so much better (visible), but realize that the Freedom Tower is still a work in progress.
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2014, 8:19 AM
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I think for the sake of testing they're messing around with the luminance. The beacon has been kind of inconsistent from the angle I can view it from. At times it will easily catch your attention, but at other times it just looks like an average aircraft light in the night sky.
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2014, 2:54 PM
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2014, 4:35 PM
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I think for the sake of testing they're messing around with the luminance. The beacon has been kind of inconsistent from the angle I can view it from. At times it will easily catch your attention, but at other times it just looks like an average aircraft light in the night sky.
I agree. When I first saw the beacon it was hugely underwhelming. It was little more than a white light high up, completely lacked the ray of light, lighthouse type light. I saw it again the other night and it was a lot brighter and the beam could clearly be seen spinning across the sky. I'm really hoping they keep it as bright as possible. It doesn't have the same effect if it's just a blinking light...
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2014, 6:49 PM
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2014, 8:36 PM
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cnnmoney.com has a nice video ........
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2014, 8:55 PM
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Does someone know what is the exact height of the "rooftop", that supports the communication rings?

As we all know the height of the parapet is 417m.
But the actual rooftop is a bit lower. As far as I could judge, on the pictures, I would say that the height of the rooftop is approximatively 10 meters lower than the parapet (so 407m ?), but I'm not sure.

Another way to ask the question would be:
you are standing on the rooftop. How high is the parapet in front of you?
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2014, 8:59 PM
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^Now that is some lighting! Don't think its ever looked so good. Now we just need to get some lighting in the upper mechanical floors.
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2014, 9:24 PM
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the lighting makes up for the spire
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2014, 9:40 PM
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the lighting makes up for the spire
It does. I noticed on the days when the spire doesn't have the lights on that it looks skinny from far away. With the lights, it seems to give the illusion of a thicker spire.
     
     
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Does someone know what is the exact height of the "rooftop", that supports the communication rings?

As we all know the height of the parapet is 417m.
But the actual rooftop is a bit lower. As far as I could judge, on the pictures, I would say that the height of the rooftop is approximatively 10 meters lower than the parapet (so 407m ?), but I'm not sure.

Another way to ask the question would be:
you are standing on the rooftop. How high is the parapet in front of you?
1,334' 8" or about 407m so you're right on the money.....
     
     
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2014, 4:48 AM
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2014, 3:46 PM
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Old Posted Feb 14, 2014, 7:23 PM
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Here are two panoramas I hastily stitched earlier - they were both taken from Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
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Old Posted Feb 15, 2014, 7:00 AM
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Does anyone know if there's any substantial reason regarding why the beacon hasn't been rotating for the past week or so?
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