Essay about A History of New York City Skyscrapers (with Bibliography)

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A History of New York City Skyscrapers Whenever anyone thinks of New York City one of the first things that come to mind is the tall extravagant skyscrapers located in this city. Since the late nineteenth century New York has been home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. For many tourists that come to New York City, the first thing they want to see is the skyscrapers of Manhattan. One of the first skyscrapers built in New York City was the World Building, which many people know as the Pulitzer Building. Joseph Pulitzer was the original owner of this building; he was publisher of the famous magazine the New York World. Pulitzer is a great example of how diverse this city is, because he was the owner of the World Building …show more content…
The Singer Building was built in 1908 on 149 Broadway at the corner of Liberty Street. The first design for this building was estimated as a thirty five story tower. The company decided that such a building would be too small so they decided to double that height with a tower of almost 600 feet, and sixty stories. The engineers of this building were Semsch, Boller, Hodge, and Armstrong. The president of the Singer Sewing Company Fredrick Bourne and Ernest Flagg who was a famous architect joined their ideas to build this extravagant building. In 1902, the Singer Company was the leading manufacturer of sewing machines, churning out an estimated 500,000 a year. They encouraged Ernest Flagg to help enlarge the original building while also purchasing additional properties to the north and west. At the time Flagg was originally opposed skyscrapers. He was seeking to reform the building design and lobbied for structures that would stand no more than 10 to 15 stories high. He was a very humble man; he didn't want large buildings to cast shadows on the nearby streets. The Singer Building was a narrow 65 square-foot tower which provided limited working space, but it functioned as an effective marketing tool for the sewing machine company. As the tallest building in the world the Singer Building received worldwide recognition through the mid twentieth century. Even the Prince of

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