New York's Garment District once supported 100,000 jobs in what was the largest concentration of high-rise factories in the world. As today's city tries to support and revive its clothing industry, as part of a broader effort to retain what's left of New York's manufacturing base, the Skyscraper Museum is exploring the history of the Garment District neighborhood and its buildings.
At left, operators at their sewing machines, c. 1938. Courtesy of New York City Department of Records, Municipal Archives.
The Skyscraper Museum