What was a skyscraper in 1899?

15 Park RowSo many buildings, so little time! Walking around the Financial District in Lower Manhattan anyone can be mesmerized by the old and new tall buildings and skyscrapers.

In 1899, 15 Park Row, 29 stories tall, was considered a skyscraper. Nowadays it is one of so many tall buildings in the area, but it’s one of the oldest “skyscrapers”. Newspapers at the time detested it. Many architectural critics and journalists make a living by detesting new buildings. When the Twin Towers were finished, a reputable newspaper called them the boxes in which the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings were shipped in. Now that they’re gone, the architecture of the Twin Towers is praised. As New Yorkers, we’re used to that cycle by now.

New York City has 266 skyscrapers. We can’t promise to show them all to you but if you want to see some of them, We Can Tour That! wecantourthat.com

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