Sliver building

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One Madison Park, a 50-story sliver condominium building in Manhattan, New York City

A sliver building is a tall slender building constructed on a lot with a narrow frontage, typically 45 feet (14 m) or less. Over the past decade, one of the most remarkable advances in tall building design has been their construction to unprecedented slenderness ratios.[1]

The now defunct New York City Board of Estimate banned these type of structures from many residential zoning districts in New York City in 1983, after residents objected to their construction. The resurgence of the real estate market there prior to the economic downturn of 2008 led to a resurgence of these buildings, now constructed in commercial districts.[2]

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  1. ^ Cruvellier, Mark R.; Bryan Stafford Smith (1995). "Framing sliver buildings". The Structural Design of Tall Buildings. The Structural Design of Tall Buildings 4 (3): 185–198. doi:10.1002/tal.4320040303. "Over the past decade, one of the most remarkable advances in tall building design has been their construction to unprecedented slenderness ratios." 
  2. ^ Bortolot, Lana (2007-05-17). "Are slivers on the rise?". AM New York (Tribune New York Newspaper Holdings, LLC). p. 03. Retrieved 2007-05-18. 

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