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The Flatiron Building touched off New York’s early skyscraper boom—a period that culminated with the Chrysler and Empire State buildings. But when you look around the skyline today what do you mostly see? Boxes. These are the descendants of the International Style of modernist architecture that flourished during the postwar era, and most of them are pretty meh. But they should never be confused with the midcentury buildings that inspired them. Designed by some of the greatest architects of all time, they began to spring up in Midtown and elsewhere during the Mad-Men era of the 1950s and ’60s—introducing, in the bargain, such innovations as the lass curtain wall. They embodied a belief in a better future, and that spirit is just one of the reasons that these 10 examples are worth a look.