Experience the City’s Skyscrapers in Cartoons with The New Yorker’s Bob Mankoff

February 11, 2015

Condé Nast’s move into One World Trade Center means more than just the offices of Vogue settling in downtown, but also some other 3,000-odd editors, writers and advertising folks that make up the publishing giant’s empire. Amongst these magazines is, of course, The New Yorker. In this week’s installment of the magazine’s “Cartoon Lounge,” cartoon editor and cartoonist Bob Mankoff takes a moment to commemorate the magazine’s move into the supertall icon by musing over the skyscrapers that have appeared in The New Yorker since the city’s 1920s building boom. From his office on the 38th floor of One World Trade, watch as he shares his favorite cartoons and his own experience of seeing the New York City skyline as a kid in Queens. This video is sure to make you smile!

Bob Mankoff New Yorker Cartoons

Bob Mankoff New Yorker Cartoons

The poignant and timely cartoons touch on the battle to be the tallest—much like the one we’re seeing today—between the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building as well as zoning laws (see: stepped back buildings) and the uneasiness and unfamiliarity that came with buildings of such size in the early 20th century.

Bob Mankoff New Yorker Cartoons 2

Bob Mankoff New Yorker Cartoons 2

[Via The New Yorker]

Images courtesy of The New Yorker

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