Biggest is not the tallest. Tallest is not the longest. Longest does not consider mass. This can go on and on. Irrespective, New York is home to some of the biggest and tallest man made structures. Here are some record setters:
Fresh Kills Landfill
One of the most unlikely things to make any list of marvelling records, is a landfill. This landfill is not just the largest in New York but in the world. Opened in 1947 this landfill is so large that it was divided into various plants and even had a bridge to connect them. Due to its sheer size and also the fact that it is located on a salt marsh, this area was declared a bird sanctuary and attracted lots of avid bird watchers who braved the stench and rodents to exercise their vocation. This area in Staten Island is soon to open for another type of exercise as the Department of Parks and Recreation is transforming the wetlands into a recreational parkland.
One World Trade Center
One WTC (Freedom Tower) is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the fourth tallest building in the world. One World Trade Center primarily being an office building is very close to people’s hearts and has become a symbol of sorts. This is marked by the various illuminations of the American Flag (on 4th of July) or in pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. It is also validated by a steel beam hoisted on the top tower, on the 104th floor reading, “We remember, we rebuild, we come back stronger”.