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The Last Skyscraper of Its Kind

Why do so many of New York’s older skyscrapers have a similar design?

The answer can be traced back to a monumental 1916 zoning law, which established “setback” requirements for buildings above a certain height. In the heart of the Financial District, the Equitable Building, a historic skyscraper that predates the law, remains a symbol of the excesses of the pre-zoning era.

 


Source Bloomberg

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