8. New York by Gehry Was Almost Shrunk to 38 Stories

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Construction on New York by Gehry actually stopped for two months during the worst of the financial crisis, when the building was already 30 stories high. The developers considered cutting down the building to 38 floors (half its planned height), but in the end Forest City Ratner figured out ways to reduce its construction cost by $25 million and keep the project going to its original height.