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Air Rights, Zoning Laws, and the Skyscraper

Despite Manhattan’s incredible population density, much less of the borough’s skyline is dominated by high-rise buildings than one might expect.  Instead, short, stubby, often pre-war buildings sit side-by-side to massive, sleek skyscrapers in a mottled, uneven patchwork throughout the island.   Considering space goes for such a premium in the borough, one might ask why—wouldn’t it make sense to build as upward as possible? More Info