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The Empire State Building is an example of a skyscraper, with its rival Chrysler Building in the background.

Skyscrapers, also known as "high rises", are very tall buildings with small footprints, typically found in cities. They enable creating vastly more square footage of usable space, and thus higher density, on a given area of land.

Skyscrapers are so-called because they seem to "scrape the sky" as clouds pass.

Famous Skyscrapers