And in the small lobby at handsome 224 West 30th Street, the animals who gave the skins off their backs to this industry are celebrated in art.
Walk through the front entrance, and the decorative foyer contains what look like two small bear heads flanking each side.
Farther inside, along a wall above the security desk, are two larger fox sculptures in front of bas reliefs of fox heads and the heads of what might be otters or beavers.
This is a building that the attendant told me was still home to many furriers, along with a mix of other businesses.
This other Fur District building down the block also pays homage to the animals who built its financial success.
[Top photo: Collection of Andrew S. Dolkart via the Skyscraper Museum]