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One World Trade Center opens for business in New York

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“It’s a great tribute to America to see this.”

The words of a worker moving into the One World Trade Center on its first day of business, dominating the site where the Twin Towers stood before the September 11 attacks.

Publisher Condé Nast is the first commercial tenant.

“This is a terrific day for lower Manhattan, a wonderful day for New York City and an absolutely great day for Condé Nast,” said the firm’s CEO Charles Townsend.

Some 104 storeys high, the One World Trade Centre is the tallest building in the US.

By early next year Condé Nast, whose publications include Vanity Fair, will have more than 3,000 employees in the tower, said to be almost 60 percent leased.

Monday was an emotional day for many in New York. Over 2,700 people perished when hijacked planes slammed into the original World Trade Centre in 2001.

Its replacement, which has risen from the rubble at a cost of more than 3 billion euros, has been hailed as ‘the most secure office building in America’.