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The Hidden Feats That Built New York's Towering Skyscrapers

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Source: The New York Times

Over the years, architects have not been the only ones to inscribe New York’s skyline — the signature image of the last American century — across the urban ether. 

Among others, structural engineers, practical poets of often towering imagination and import, have also figured out how to scale those heights. Skyscrapers are team efforts, after all. The insides of modern landmarks like Black Rock, historical monuments like the Statue of Liberty and some of the new supertalls now dwarfing yesterday’s cloud-scratchers are as eye-popping as what’s outside.

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