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A Short History of Tall Buildings in 'New Yorker' Cartoons

"It really took my breath away, but a kind security guard retrieved it," jokes New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff about walking up to the magazine's new home. As spotted by Architizer, in a new episode of The Cartoon Lounge, Mankoff commemorates Condé Nast's move to One World Trade by taking a look at how New Yorker cartoonists made fun of skyscrapers in the 1920s, when New York "went up because it couldn't really go out."

Today we're wowed by "supertalls," but we tend to take "talls" for granted, so it's kind of a trip to see how the cartoonists of the day reacted to them. One cartoon from 1926 jokes about how the city's new tapered, "wedding-cake"-style skyscrapers (a response to the 1916 Zoning Resolution) could go a long way to "solving the parking problem." See more in the episode below.
—Alexa Carrasco

·The Cartoon Lounge: Downtown Is Looking Up, Up, Up [New Yorker via Architizer]