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This 1,000ft tower is being built in New York (that's as high as five Liberty Halls)

It would be the tallest building in Brooklyn.

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NEW YORK CITY has approved a proposal for a 1,000-foot skyscraper in Brooklyn.

The tower would be nearly twice as tall as any other building in the borough.

To put that in perspective, the tallest building on the island of Ireland is the Obel Tower in Belfast, which is 279ft. The tallest building in the Republic is the Elysian in Cork, which stands at 224ft, while Liberty Hall in Dublin is 195ft.

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the proposal for the 73-story apartment tower on Tuesday.

The design by SHoP Architects calls for 500 units and a tapered and hexagonal form clad in bronze and black metal fins.

The New York Times says that until two years ago, there were just four buildings in NYC that were higher than 1,000 feet – but now there are twice as many.

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- Additional reporting Aoife Barry

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