View looking southwest of 42nd Street skyscraper forrest from the top of one of the Tudor City apartment buildings in the summer of 1948.

At left is the Daily News Building (Hood & Howells, 1930) with its new WWOR TV Channel 9 tower.

At center, at background can be seen the Mercantile (Ludlow & Peabody, 1928), Chanin (Sloan & Robertson, 1928) and Lincoln (James Edwin Ruther Carpenter, 1930) towers.

The 77-story Chrysler Building (William Van Allen, 1930), at right, foreground, dominates the Art Deco skyline.

Photo: Ewing Galloway. 

Source: Enciclopedia Cultural. Vol. 11 (México, Unión Tipográfica Editorial Hispano Mexicana, 1957).

Daily News Building (Hood & Howells, 1930). 42nd Street and Second Avenue. View looking northwest of the new 38-story Art Deco Raymond Hood’s masterpiece from Second Avenue and 41st Street in spring of 1930. At left, background, is the Chanin Building (Sloan & Robertson, 1928).

Photo: Unknown.

Source: David Stravitz “New York, Empire City 1920-1945” (New York. Harry N. Abrahams, Inc. 2004).

This weekend a Spanish blog called “Los Mejores Planes para un viaje a Nueva York” interviewed me about my work with my blogs: “Historia de los Rascacielos de Nueva York” and “Vintage Manhattan Skyline” and ask me about my love to New York City and its skyscrapers. 

Here the link of the interview in Spanish for the Hispanic followers. Thank of “Los Mejores Planes para un viaje a Nueva York” for all the support to my work.


Today, in “Historia de los Rascacielos de Nueva York” blog, the second part of our overview of the evolution of Manhattan skyline in 1930: Crisis and Records.

View looking east of Midtown Manhattan from Weehawken, New Jersey, showing the Empire State Building (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931) under construction. December 1930.

Photo: Lweis Hine.

Source: Lewis Hine: “The Empire State Building. Introduction by Freddy Langer” (New York. Prestel-Verlag. 1998).

Nignt view looking west of 42nd Street skyscrapers from Tudor City in 1933. The Daily News and Chanin buildings are visible at left and the 77-story Art Deco masterpiece Chrysler Building (William Van Allen, 1930) dominate the skyline at right.

Photo: Samuel H. Gottscho.

Source: Donald Albrecht. “The Mithic City. Photographs of New York by Samuel H. Gottscho, 1925-1940” (New York. Museum of the City of New York-Princeton Architectural Press. 2005).

The new 32 story glass wedding-cake 485 Lexington Avenue (Emery Roth & Sons, 1956). View looking northwest of the new building from the intersection of Third Avenue and 45th Street en early 1957.

Photo: Samuel H. Gottscho/Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc.

Source:  Progressive Architecture, June 1957.

The new Socony Mobil Building. 150 East 42nd Street. Harrison & Abramovitz, architects (1953-1956). View looking southwest of the modern 45-story prefabricated stainless steel and glass curtain-wall monolith from 42nd Street and Third Avenue in the Summer of 1956. Behind it is the Chanin (Sloan & Robertson, 1928) and Lincoln (James Edwin Ruther Carpenter, 1930) building.

Photo: Ezra Stoller.

Source: Stern, Robert. A.M. Mellins, Thomas. Fishman, David. “New York 1960. Architecture and urbanism between the Second World War and the Bicentennial” (New York. The Monacelli Press. 1997).

The new 52-story Americana Hotel (Now Sheraton Times Square). 811 Seventh Avenue between East 52nd to 53rd streets. Morris Lapidus, Kornblath, Harle & Liebman, 1962. View looking northeast from Capitol Theatre in the fall of 1962.

Photo: Unknown

Source:  ”Deluxe Picture Book. New York City” (New York, Manhattan Post Card, Co-Dexter Press, Inc. 1971).

View looking south from the top of Lincoln Building in 1939. In foreground is the top of Lefcourt Colonial Building (Abraham E. Lefcourt, 1930) and the Empire State Building (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931) are visible at right. 

Photo: Wurts Brothers.

Source: Museum of City of New York.


Skyline with Empire State Building, ca. 1939
by Wurts Brothers

Great skyline shot from the Museum of the City of New York’s photo collections. Available as a print via the MCNY online shop

Midtown Manhattan skyscrapers from the Empire State Building in Early 1969. View looking northeast showing modern Park Avenue skyscrapers with the 59-strory Pan Am Building (Walter Gropuis-Emery Roth & Sons-Pietro Belluschi, 1963) and Lincoln Building (James Edwin Ruther Carpenter, 1930) at left, and behind it  appears the Union Carbide Building (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1960), the new 45-story 345 Park Avenue Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1969), the Westvaco Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1967) and Chemical Bank Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1964).

Next Pan Am, at background, the new dark blue skyscraper is the Random House Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1969).

At center of the picture are the Chrysler Building (William Van Allen, 1930), Chanin Building (Sloan & Robertson, 1928). The brown-glass skyscraper at foreground is the 90 Park Avenue Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1964) and behind it the 100 Park Avenue (Kahn & Jacobs, 1949).

The Socony Mobil (Harrison & Abramovitz, 1956), Continental Can Building (Harrison & Abramoivitz, 1961), Daily News (Hood & Howells, 1930) and Burroughs (Emery Roth & Sons, 1963) are visibles at right. with United Nations’ Secretariat Building behind it.

Photo: Lauros-Atlas-Photo / T.W.A.

Source: Enciclopedia Larousse. Vol. 15. (Spain, Larousse, 1973).