[VIDEO] The Missing Symbol in New York City's Skyline

In midtown Manhattan, a half-built skyscraper called the Metropolitan Life North Building was originally designed to be the tallest building in the world. The onset of the Great Depression, however, forced the design to be cut off midway, creating a lasting symbol of economic hubris.

As the global economy sputters in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, some economists are looking again to city skylines for clues to the future. But skeptics argue that the so-called skyscraper curse, which holds that big buildings spell big financial trouble, is at best fanciful.

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Tower
Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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