The discovery of the historic racist symbol at a such an evocative site has sparked outrage, with one commentator saying: 'This isn't the way to begin anew.'
Although the motive behind the placement of the noose is unclear, police are treating the incident as a bias-related crime.
The noose was hung from an upper floor of One World Trade Center - also known as the Freedom Tower - at some point over the Christmas break, according to the New York Daily News.
It was found on Tuesday morning tied to a stretch of regular construction rope on the 64th floor of the skyscraper, which will be the U.S.'s tallest building when it is completed. Read More