Building The Skyline: The Birth And Growth Of Manhattan’s Skyscrapers

Building The Skyline: The Birth And Growth Of Manhattan’s Skyscrapers

Join Untapped New York’s Chief Experience Officer, Justin Rivers, and Peter-Christian Aigner, Director of The Gotham Center for New York City History as they dig into the history of skyscrapers with Jason Barr, economic historian at Rutgers University and the author of Building the Skyline: The Birth And Growth Of Manhattan’s Skyscrapers. 

  • Learn about the birth, rise, and continued expansion of Manhattan’s skyline
  • The historical, economic, political, and geographic reasons for their construction and heights
  • And the good, bad, and ugly of the debate over this iconic architecture and its various impacts on Gotham.

About the event:

Skyscrapers: boon or blight? That appears to be the perennial question. For the architect Cass Gilbert, designer of the famous Woolworth Building, the high-rise was a “machine which makes the land pay,” a response to various needs in the modern era of urbanization. But to critics, they were “freak” buildings destroying the ‘good city’ in a vainglorious attempt to create monuments by and for builders. In our time, that debate continues, more or less in the same terms.

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