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Building New York City Skyscrapers (early 20th Century) (10 photos)

Construction of the Woolworth Building at 233 Broadway in 1911. Photograph: New York Public Library

Construction of the Woolworth Building at 233 Broadway in 1911. Photograph: New York Public Library.

The Woolworth Building nears completion in 1912. Photograph: New York Public Library.

The Woolworth Building nears completion in 1912. Photograph: New York Public Library.

The cornerstone ceremony for the central building of the New York Public Library, 1902. Photograph: New York Public Library

The cornerstone ceremony for the central building of the New York Public Library, 1902. Photograph: New York Public Library.

Interior work on the library, looking southwest, 1904. Photograph: New York Public Library

Interior work on the library, looking southwest, 1904. Photograph: New York Public Library.

The structural framework of the central building of the New York Public Library, 1905. Photograph: New York Public Library

The structural framework of the central building of the New York Public Library, 1905. Photograph: New York Public Library.

Construction workers position a piece of marble on the roof of the central building of the New York Public Library, 1906. Photograph: New York Public Library

Construction workers position a piece of marble on the roof of the central building of the New York Public Library, 1906. Photograph: New York Public Library.

Construction of the cable road on Broadway in 1891. Photograph: New York Public Library

Construction of the cable road on Broadway in 1891. Photograph: New York Public Library.

Workers building the Broadway subway line under Central Park, 1901. Photograph: New York Public Library

Workers building the Broadway subway line under Central Park, 1901. Photograph: New York Public Library.

Workers place steel beams for the Metropolitan Tower. Photograph: The Research Libraries, New York/Keystone View Company/Underwood & Underwood

Workers place steel beams for the Metropolitan Tower. Photograph: The Research Libraries, New York/Keystone View Company/Underwood & Underwood.

Skyscrapers start to encroach on Trinity Church. Photograph: Detroit Publishing Company Collection from The New York Public Library

Skyscrapers start to encroach on Trinity Church. Photograph: Detroit Publishing Company Collection from The New York Public Library.

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