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The History of Height

By Linda Tancs

The first tall building in New York to use metal-cage construction was the Tower Building in 1889. Demolished in 1914, you might think of it as New York City’s first skyscraper although it wasn’t the tallest building at 11 stories. It’s fair to say that the city has continued its love affair with tall, slender buildings since then. You can explore the history of the city’s skyline at the Skyscraper Museum. The facility is located at Battery Park City, with the skyline of Lower Manhattan conveniently providing its backdrop.

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