Tax Breaks Look Good from 90 Stories Up

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sales of skyscraper apartments are a boon to the city's tax revenue, but some lawmakers say these ultra-expensive penthouses are getting a break because of our flawed tax system.

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Dosvidaniya, New York! Rich Russians Stop Buying Condos

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

U.S. sanctions are having an affect on Russians' appetite for New York's luxury apartments.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Shadows Over Central Park

Monday, April 14, 2014

A new tall building is casting a giant shadow on certain parts of Central Park. Janet Babin, WNYC economic development reporter, talks about several more planned tall buildings, and what some activists and residents are doing to try to keep the shadows out of the park.


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The Brian Lehrer Show

Now Even Taller

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Judith Dupré, architectural historian and the author of the updated Skyscrapers: A History of the World's Most Extraordinary Buildings (Black Dog & Leventhal, 2014), and Richard Cook, founding partner of COOKFOX Architects whose projects include the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park and the Stephen Sondheim theater, talk about the latest in building extremely tall buildings.

EVENT: Judith Dupré and Rick Cook are joined by architect Adrian Smith to discuss "Supertall, Supergreen" tonight at 6pm at NYPL 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Robert Gates; NJ State of the State; A-Rod; Skyscrapers; Mo Rocca

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

As Secretary of Defense in both the Bush and Obama White Houses, Robert Gates played a role in the two defining wars of our time. Secretary Gates reflects on his career and the tensions between military policy and domestic politics. Then: on the heels of Bridgegate, what is the state of the state of New Jersey? New Jersey State Senate President Steve Sweeney analyzes Chris Christie's SOTS address. Plus: What A-Rod's suspension reveals about professional doping regimens, a look at modern skyscrapers and Mo Rocca joins us to take listener calls.


With No Review, New Skyscrapers Darken Central Park

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The tall buildings rising up along 57th Street are going through without public review or environmental input—and will soon cast long shadows over some of the park’s most popular spots.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

They Do Windows

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New Yorker contributor Adam Higginbotham talked with some of Manhattan's window washers about the state of the art technology used to clean skyscrapers for his article in this week's issue.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Skyscrapers

Friday, October 26, 2012

Kate Ascher, author of The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper, and Carol Willis, founder, director, and curator of the Skyscraper Museum, discuss the history and future of tall buildings—from Chicago’s 17-story Auditorium Building to Dubai’s 160-story Burj Khalifa. They’ll explain how they’re built, how they work, and how they’ve changed cities.

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Sky Walking: Raising Steel, A Mohawk Ironworker Keeps Tradition Alive

Monday, March 19, 2012

Balancing 27 stories above midtown Manhattan on a recent afternoon, ironworker Kaniehtakeron ‘Geggs’ Martin straddled an I-beam on top of a rising skyscraper on 55th Street and grabbed a steel beam out of the air with a steady gloved hands.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Professor of Urban Development at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), a principal with Happold Consulting, and author of The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper, Kate Ascher discusses her new book about tall buildings and density.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Shifting Skyline

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Will plans for a skyscraper near Penn Station that would be almost as tall as the Empire State Building "ruin" New York's skyline? Matthew Schuerman, WNYC Radio reporter, discusses the development.

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