Currently the 100th tallest building in the world and the 19th in New York, the Carnegie Hall Tower (152 West 57th Street), built in 1991, is the most graceful “sliver” building in the city. The now dissolved City Board of Estimates banned these structures for tax lots narrower than 45 feet in many residential neighborhoods back in the ’80s amid great public outcry. In the mid-2000s architects—most notably Robert Scarano—became embroiled in new controversies over sliver buildings like Scarano’s tower at 144 North 8th Street in Williamsburg.

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