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image The Birth of the Skyscraper Why Skyscrapers?
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Why Skyscrapers?
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Nine stories does not sound like a skyscraper to us today when we are used to buildings of fifty or sixty or more stories, but if you look at an old view of the City Hall area along Park Row, you can see the Tribune Building really towering over all the other buildings. And you can see with this tower with a sharp point on the top why people began calling these buildings skyscrapers. A building of this height was a really incredible novelty to people in the nineteenth century and these buildings caught the attention of the public. Some people loved them but others found it really scary that buildings like this would be built.


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