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How a century-old zoning law gave us Manhattan’s hottest (and highest) pads

Now commonly referred to as “the setback law,” a 1916 zoning law imposed a mathematical formula for how tall a building could rise before it was forced to become progressively narrower. Today, condo conversions of “classic” skyscrapers with setbacks are among the city’s hottest properties. Two prime examples are 100 Barclay, an Art Deco-era office-to-condo conversion, and 101 Wall also downtown.

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