By 2020, Manhattan’s skyline may look very different. Although nineteenth-century developers originally bypassed New York City in favor of other cities with less stringent building codes to build skyscrapers, New York City is undoubtedly the preeminent American city associated with skyscrapers today.1 Indeed, various Manhattan buildings have held the records for tallest building in the United States and the world throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. As construction and engineering techniques continue to progress, developers are again drawn to New York City—particularly Manhattan—to build a new class of "supertall" buildings.
Hsu, Laura, "One Hundred Years of Zoning in New York City: Procedural Justice Issues in the New Century" (2017). SAW Student Paper Series. 12.