A Critique of NYC’s Supertall Towers from Top to Bottom

Tue, Jun 20, 2023

Princeton Architectural Press, 2023

Part architectural guidebook and part critique, Sky-High documents the pencil-thin, supertall towers that are transforming New York City's skyline and streets. A new book by Eric P. Nash, author of Manhattan Skyscrapers, illustrated with stunning photography by Bruce Katz, Sky-High captures the city's penchant for building skyward – from the Woolworth and Chrysler buildings of an early 20th-century race to the top to today's super luxury aeries of Billionaires' Row and the World Trade complex in Lower Manhattan. They feature a new crop of "supertall" towers (commonly measured as at least 984'/300m above the sidewalk), including One World Trade Center, Three World Trade Center, 30 Hudson Yards, 35 Hudson Yards, One57, 432 Park Avenue, 53West53, Central Park Tower, and One Vanderbilt.

Eric P. Nash

Eric P. Nash is the author of several books about architecture and design, including Manhattan Skyscrapers, MiMo: Miami Modern Revealed, and New York's 50 Best Skyscrapers, and an architectural tour guide in New York City. He spent twenty-five years as a researcher and writer for the New York Times.

Bruce Katz

Bruce Katz is an architectural photographer whose work has appeared in Architectural Digest, New York Magazine, Landscape Architecture, and the Washington Post. He is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography, and several of his images were recently acquired by the New-York Historical Society.


The video begins with an introduction by Museum Director Carol Willis, followed by an overview of the book's theme by author Eric Nash. Bruce Katz then offers commentary on his photographs.