This week, the Burj Khalifa opened in Dubai, UAE. At 2,717 feet, the Burj Khalifa is almost a thousand feet higher than the projected 1 World Trade Center. Astonishingly tall, the Burj Khalifa is approximately the same height as the former Twin Towers stacked on top of each other.
All right, Dubai: you have one. Nine more to go.
Manhattan still holds the record for the number of skyscrapers (10) that once claimed TALLEST HABITABLE BUILDING IN THE WORLD: the American Surety Building (tallest from 1895-1899); the Park Row Building (1899-1901); the Singer Building (1908-1909), the Metropolitan Life Tower (1909-1913), the Woolworth Building (1913-1929), 40 Wall Street (for a single day in 1929), the Chrysler Building (1929-1931), the Empire State Building (which held the record the longest from 1931-1972) and the Twin Towers (1972-1974).
In fact, with the exception of the years 1901-1908 when the Philadelphia City Hall held the record, New York was home to the world's tallest building from 1895 until 1974.
TRIVIA: What are the three buildings OR cities that held the record between New York and Dubai?
1974-1998: Sears Tower in Chicago
1998-2004: Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2004-this week: Taipei 100 in Taipei, Taiwan