My timing may be a little off but in trying to track down an article on High Point I came across this item that was published May 4.
May 2, 2002
The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City could become home to the world's tallest free-standing structure - a 2,000-foot-tall television transmission tower, complete with a sky-high restaurant and observation deck.
The tower, which would provide a vantage point as high as the World Trade Center's observation deck, is intended to replace the transmission antenna that sat atop the north tower.
"You'd get a view of New York that's pretty spectacular," said A. Eugene Kohn, one of the architects.
Broadcasters have temporarily relocated their antennas to the Empire State Building. But that location isn't high enough and doesn't allow for a signal strong enough to reach the entire metropolitan region, and federal communications regulations require that any new tower be located within 3.2 miles of the World Trade Center site.
Kohn thinks the tower could become an attraction akin to the 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower in Toronto, which is the tallest free-standing structure in the world. Most of the tower is hollow, but the base and top include two observation decks, restaurants, retail shops, an arcade, and a movie theater.
The world's tallest occupied building is the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at 1,483 feet. The World Trade Center's roofs topped out at 1,360 feet, and the antenna on the north tower reached to 1,728 feet.
The new tower must be so close to the original antenna because moving it farther than 3.2 miles could interfere with broadcasting in other nearby cities.
Liberty Science Center:
That tidbit no doubt is lost in all the hub bub on development proposals for the WTC unveiled today.
Here are some articles (the rendering picture above is from the renewnyc.com site):
Details at Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
Specifically you can see the details at: