The City: Doing Over the Town

The cloud-capped towers and echoing canyons of Manhattan have long been a beacon for immigrants, a bonanza for photographers and a familiar profile to its citizens. But in the past five years, new towers have reared skyward, old landmarks have disappeared, and vistas have opened with such suddenness that a returning native would scarcely know the place. Manhattan is in the midst of a building boom that in volume, value and variety is unmatched in the history of the human race. Even oldtime Manhattanites have been startled into a sharp awareness of their...

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