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Old October 10th, 2014, 07:18 PM   #13701
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I think the flags are pretty cool. You're going to have to live with the poor quality of this picture, though.

I often post for perspective regardless of the quality of the photo. I've taken enough great photos not to be concerned with what anybody thinks of me as a photographer. When I post a not so great photo, it is because there is something there I want you to see. Every picture has a life of its own and every photo has its own story to tell.
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Old October 10th, 2014, 07:22 PM   #13702
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I don't get it why a flag should hang at the surface of this tower. Everybody knows this building is being built in the USA, so why the flag?
If you think that's bad, wait until the World Trade Centre buildings start to open. It's a commercial property in New York. It has to be patriotic because of reasons.
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Old October 10th, 2014, 08:08 PM   #13703
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Here's the helicopter that was buzzing around for an hour or so - wasn't actually quite as close to the building as this perspective makes it look of course:



The flags are up:



And, the somewhat cloudy light today actually gives a better-than-usual view into one of the mechanical levels - you can see the framework for the drum through the orange netting:

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Old October 10th, 2014, 09:33 PM   #13704
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Like I said, 432 really dominates the skyline now.


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Old October 10th, 2014, 10:05 PM   #13705
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So I guess the flags make it official.


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Old October 10th, 2014, 10:19 PM   #13706
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If you think that's bad, wait until the World Trade Centre buildings start to open. It's a commercial property in New York. It has to be patriotic because of reasons.
It has nothing to do with WTC or tall buildings or NYC or even patriotism.

Traditionally when buildings reach final height in the U.S., a flag is raised to accompany the topping out. This happens on 3 floor shopping malls and 4 floor government buildings too.

It only seems weird to some Europeans, probably, because there is an "issue" with showing the flag in some places. I know in Germany you never see the flag except for govt. facilities and maybe during the WC. Other countries like Denmark and Netherlands, seem similar, so it isn't just because of historical reasons with Germany.

And I have seen the flag raised for buildings nearing completion in Mexico and other Latin American counties too, as well as Canada, so maybe it's a North American/South American thing?
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Old October 10th, 2014, 10:24 PM   #13707
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Is that usual that they conmemorate the topping out of just the core?

Maybe it is just the farewell of the core climbing system...
Yes, the "topping out" is the first point where you hit the top elevation. It isn't the building completion.

So when the core reaches the final height, you are "topped out", even though there may be additional floors to be completed.
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Old October 10th, 2014, 10:55 PM   #13708
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It has nothing to do with WTC or tall buildings or NYC or even patriotism.

Traditionally when buildings reach final height in the U.S., a flag is raised to accompany the topping out. This happens on 3 floor shopping malls and 4 floor government buildings too.

It only seems weird to some Europeans, probably, because there is an "issue" with showing the flag in some places. I know in Germany you never see the flag except for govt. facilities and maybe during the WC. Other countries like Denmark and Netherlands, seem similar, so it isn't just because of historical reasons with Germany.

And I have seen the flag raised for buildings nearing completion in Mexico and other Latin American counties too, as well as Canada, so maybe it's a North American/South American thing?
I am way off topic, but whatever. Danes are obsessed with their flag. They are huge patriots and put their flag on just about anything that is made in Denmark. On birthdays they raise a flag and put one on the table and small ones all around. So i do not think that europeans find it weird. Just some weird guy
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Old October 11th, 2014, 12:39 AM   #13709
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Old October 11th, 2014, 02:55 AM   #13710
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The only thing raised upon completion of our skyscrapers are beers at the pub.
But how many skyscrapers does your country even have, really.
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Old October 11th, 2014, 03:05 AM   #13711
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It has nothing to do with WTC or tall buildings or NYC or even patriotism.

Traditionally when buildings reach final height in the U.S., a flag is raised to accompany the topping out. This happens on 3 floor shopping malls and 4 floor government buildings too.

It only seems weird to some Europeans, probably, because there is an "issue" with showing the flag in some places. I know in Germany you never see the flag except for govt. facilities and maybe during the WC. Other countries like Denmark and Netherlands, seem similar, so it isn't just because of historical reasons with Germany.

And I have seen the flag raised for buildings nearing completion in Mexico and other Latin American counties too, as well as Canada, so maybe it's a North American/South American thing?
I am from a very small European country (Bulgaria) and we have the same tradition with the flag on the building.
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Old October 11th, 2014, 04:22 AM   #13712
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In Belgium the flag is usually only raised on government buildings or on landmarks. But also on suburban houses during special events like the national holiday, the regional holiday, election day, special sports-events and weddings.
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Old October 11th, 2014, 04:23 AM   #13713
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My god man, it's just a tradition. You get pissed about the strangest things.
Don't worry man, he's just a troll
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Old October 11th, 2014, 04:26 AM   #13714
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Old October 11th, 2014, 09:42 AM   #13715
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saw the flag on the walk to work. had to stop and get a pic. from 53rd/lex

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Old October 11th, 2014, 02:50 PM   #13716
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I dont want to be negative. I love New York. But this building is a blight on the skyline for me sadly...
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Old October 11th, 2014, 03:35 PM   #13717
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Wow, so much arguing about such a simple ceremony (that isn't even really a ceremony... it's just a flag).
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Old October 11th, 2014, 06:38 PM   #13718
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Old October 11th, 2014, 07:02 PM   #13719
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Amazing, the change in the skyline is definitive
Never noticed how big is the Bank of America bldg
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Old October 11th, 2014, 07:25 PM   #13720
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And also, 1000th post!
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