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New York to regain skyscraper capital of US title

New York is on track to regain its title as the North American capital of skyscrapers by next year, according to research

Building data firm Emporis released figures showing the Big Apple had 91 tall buildings – those that will reach 35m or 12 floors high – under construction.

This was a 26 per cent increase in tall building work from just over a year earlier.

Toronto remained the continent’s high-rise leader with 130 schemes under construction going into this year.

But the Canadian financial capital’s figure was down from 147 in 2012, meaning New York is closing the gap fast.

Montreal, fourth with 20 projects last time round, was up to third place with 25.

‘On the basis of current developments, we assume New York will catch up with Toronto as early as 2015,’ said Matthew Keutenius, senior data analyst at Emporis.

Two of the three tallest under-construction buildings in New York are at the World Trade Center development.

David Childs’ tower one will measure 541m when completed this year, while Lord Foster’s tower two will top out at 408m

Rafael Vinoly’s 432 Park avenue scheme will come in at 426m when complete in 2015.

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