Table: Top Ten “Too Tall” Buildings in New York
This table compares the actual heights of buildings to the predicted heights based on estimates from a statistical analysis. The top “too tall” building is the recently-completed 1 World Trade Center; at 1,776 feet, its height was a political and symbolic choice, with little regard for the underlying economics. In fact, in the top 10 list above, four are part of the original or newly-rebuilt World Trade Center complex. Note that the results are based on the tallest building completed each year; as a result, Bank of Manhattan Trust Building (1930) did not make the list because it was eclipsed by the Chrysler Building.