Magazine February 22, 2021, Issue

Anachronism on 34th Street

The New York City skyline (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

What if we never build another skyscraper?

I’m not talking about those absurd tall thin condos that rose in New York before the Wuhan flu — sorry, the disease whose origins are still completely baffling and might have come from a moldy piece of cheese in a small Scottish village, we just can’t say, although we probably shouldn’t even whisper the cheese theory lest someone go around with a tire iron looking for someone in a kilt to beat.

As I was saying. Before the completely mysterious disease hit, New York City developers built several super-expensive tall towers for the impossibly rich.

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