New York City features close-to-the-surface bedrock that allows for such tall buildings to be built.

Ever since skyscrapers began defining the now famous NYC skyline in the late 19th century, it has been under constant revision as architects design newer, more creative structures in the hopes of creating the next iconic landmark reaching ever higher into the sky.

What a lot of people may not realize is that the geologic history of Manhattan Island inherently allows such tall buildings to be built above the ground by virtue of what exists below the ground. To be more specific, there are a few spots in NYC where the bedrock is quite close to the surface, allowing architects and structural engineers alike relatively easy access to this incredibly strong & stable building platform. This type of exceptionally hard bedrock is called Manhattan Schist and it is abundantly found in Midtown and Downtown, explaining why such tall buildings can be built in those parts of the city.

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