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"Woolworth Building" Woolworth Building Tip by mrclay2000

Woolworth Building, New York City: 10 reviews and 20 photos

  Woolworth Building, New York City's finest
by mrclay2000

While Henry Ford almost single-handedly created the middle class, F. W. Woolworth (whose grave is in my Woodlawn Cemetery tip) did much to create the modern idea of retail economies. Instead of letting customers haggle for prices with intimidating clerks, Woolworth set prices beforehand to let shoppers buy or refuse on that fundamental alone. Under such practices he amassed a giant fortune, and paid cash for this 792-ft skyscraper in 1913. Shorter than the world's tallest the Eiffel Tower, the building was nevertheless the world's tallest skyscraper until 1930, and remains to my mind the fanciest and best designed throughout Manhattan. Tourists are not allowed inside, but from its curbside vantage off City Hall Park or viewed from the Brooklyn Bridge or lower Manhattan, the silhouette of this building and its illustrious founder and history set it apart from New York's other monoliths.

Address: 233 Broadway, New York, NY 10007
Directions: overlooking City Hall Park from the west on Broadway Avenue
Phone: (212) 233-2720

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 6, 2005
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