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217 W 57th Street-Nordstrom Tower-Central Park Tower-Skyscraper-57th Street-Extell-NYCRendering by YIMBY/Jose Hernandez, with Central Park Tower at left (at unconfirmed 1,795 feet)

This question pops up around the Untapped Cities office pretty often. What’s the latest tallest building in New York City? With so many supertall buildings going up, particularly on the residential end, it can be hard to keep track. This will be our official tally (updated as new buildings come into play, or get chopped down by the powers that be) of the tallest buildings in New York City:

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Staten Island New Stapleton Waterfront-NYCEDC-Behind the Scenes NYC Tour-Untapped Cities 2Rendering of New Stapleton Waterfront on Staten Island

On July 25th, we’ll be hosting our next tour in the Behind the Scenes NYC Tour Series with the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Our previous visits have included special access into the Brooklyn Kings Theatre, the Brooklyn Army Terminal and the Hunts Point Produce Terminal in the Bronx, and we’re heading to another borough this month: Staten Island.

This in-depth tour will begin at the St. George Ferry Terminal, where NYCEDC’s Munro Johnson, Vice President of Development for Staten Island, will speak about the St. George Waterfront developments, then we’ll take the Staten Island Railroad two stops down to Stapleton. Among the stops in Stapleton will be the New Stapleton Waterfront development project with Ironstate Development, who will speak on the construction progress of the decommissioned U.S. Naval base, to be turned into a mixed-use development and public waterfront esplanade.

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You readers really surprised us with the amount of love for our Top 10 Secrets of the Lincoln Tunnel last week. We’ve all been stuck in there and it’s fun to think there are secrets even of the most essential of infrastructure. This week, we’re tackling that other Hudson River crossing: the George Washington Bridge. Here are 10 secrets and fun facts:

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Woolworth Building Construction Site-NYCWoolworth Building under construction. Image via Library of Congress

The construction of the Woolworth Building, once one of the tallest buildings in the world, was such a feat that there is a wealth of vintage photographs documenting the building process. The Museum of the City of New York has so many images, it takes pages and pages to go through the construction photographs. While today, most admire the Woolworth Building for its neo-Gothic exterior built atop a steel frame, many of the technological marvels were hidden in multiple levels of basements.

Here, we’re sharing with you some of those impressive images and on August 12th, you can join our exclusive tour of the Woolworth Building which will take you down the three cellar levels of the landmarked building, as well as a guided walk through the stunning lobby. You’ll get a complete picture of the engineering feat and aesthetic masterpiece that the Woolworth Building is.

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The Waldorf Astoria - Untapped Cities- AFineLyneThe Waldorf- Astoria Hotel

The famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel has a quintessential New York City-origin story. It began as a family feud and rivalry between two very wealthy cousins who shared the last name Astor. William Waldorf Astor proceeded to irritate his cousin John Jacob Astor by building a 13-story hotel on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street, on a residential block where John Jacob’s mother lived. Four years later, John Jacob, in turn, built a 17-story hotel just a few feet away–and the rest is history.

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haussmanhattan-Paris-NYC-photomontage-Luis Fernandes-4NYC’s Flatiron Building on Île de la Cité with the Pont Neuf in Paris

You may remember one of the early Fun Maps that we made, What If Manhattan Were Like Paris? where we superimposed the Hausmannian street grid of Paris onto Manhattan (retaining Central Park for orientation). Now, in Haussmanhattan Luis Fernandes has taken the concept to cityscapes using vintage photography. We’re not surprised Fernandes is both an architect and photographer, as the ties between the two cities have endless possibilities for comparisons, whether in graphic design, illustration, video, photography or more. And we’re honored that he did a reversal of What If Manhattan Were Like Paris? too!

In this series of photos, we’ll break down exactly parts of the urban fabric he pulled from both cities and the famous buildings you’ll see:

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