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The Fascinating History Behind New York City’s Distinct Skyline

The New York City skyline in the 1930s.
New York Public Library

Plenty of cities have interesting skylines, but New York City has a distinct look all its own. A big part of that is the history of skyscrapers (and the zoning laws that shaped them). Here’s a look at how it all came to be.

At 99% Invisible, they share an absolutely fascinating look at the history of building development in New York City and how one particular building, The Equitable Building, changed the face of New York City forever.

While the full article is a great read, if you’re pressed for time and want a quick overview, the video below offers a great summary of the history of skyscrapers, zoning laws, and how the biggest and boxiest building of them all changed the shape of skyscrapers for the next century.

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