Driven by competing egos, physical proximity, and business logistics, the newspaper industry was one of the first to build skyscrapers as a competitive public statement. When the news business was centered along Park Row downtown, 12 of the city's 14 dailies had buildings between Ann Street and Chatham Square. And from 1899 to 1908, the Park Row Building at 15 Park Row was the tallest office building in the world. The Skyscraper Museum in Battery Park City just debuted an exhibit called News Paper Spires, about the technology of these buildings, that housed editorial and executive offices on upper floors, with massive printing plants and shipping bays on lower levels.
· News Paper Spires [Skyscraper Museum]