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The rape of old New York is a very twenty-first century ravishment

There is tremendous building activity in Manhattan. Not so much in Manhattan as inside Manhattan. So much interiors work that the architects who proudly showed me their conversion of part of the McGraw Hill building last week didn't even know the name of its architect ('Some commercial guy in the 60s'). Clearly the legacy of the great commercial towers of the city is under review and skyscrapers are turning from corporate masterworks into stacks of lettable floorspace. Today every one ...


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