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Building the Skyline: The Birth and Growth of Manhattan's Skyscrapers

Jason M. Barr


Manhattan, as the world’s greatest vertical city, is the result of a collective striving; its skyscrapers are the physical manifestation of this mass quest for success. Despite the fact that the skyscraper is inherently an economic phenomenon, there is almost no work that chronicles its economic history. This book aims to fill this void by documenting not only the “what” but also the “why,” regarding this important aspect of New York City’s history; in the process this book debunks several misconceptions about the city’s real estate history. Part I lays out the historical and institutional bac ... More

Keywords: Manhattan, New York City, skyscrapers, skyline, economics, bedrock, Midtown, economic history, real estate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199344369
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199344369.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jason M. Barr, author
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Economics, Rutgers University, Newark