Midtown Manhattan looking southeast from the 70 floor Observation Deck of the RCA Building, on the Rockefeller Center, Circa 1935. On the left can see the Daily News Building (Hood & Howells, 1930) and 77 story icon Chrysler Building (William Van Allen, 1930). At the right are the 58-story Art Deco 500 Fifth Avenue Tower (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931) and the famous 102-story Empire State Building (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931) dominate the Art Deco skyline.

Photo: Rockefeller Center Studio.

Source: “New York Illustrated” (New York. Manhattan Post Card Publishing Co. 1938).

Night view of Woolworth Building (Cass Gilbert, 1913) from the Municipal Building’s arches. Fall 1919.

Photo: Unknown.

Source: “Supervue Guide Book of New York City Profusely Illustrated (New York. Supervue Map and Guide Organization. 1943. Pá. 72).

Gothic-cubist style American Radiator Building (Hood & Howells, 1924). View loooking south west with Bryant Park on foreground. Circa 1927.

Photo: Wurts Brothers.

Source: Paul Goldberg “The Skyscraper” (New York. Alfred A. Knopf. 1981).

Aerial view of Midtown Manhattan looking south over Central Park in the summer of 1925 showing the Plaza Hotel (Henry J. Hardenbergh, 1907) at center and Heckscher Building (Warren & Wetmore, 1921) above it.

Photo: Fairchild Aerial Services.

Source: Robert Cameron “Above New York” (Cameron & Company. 1988).

Mexican actress and beauty Felicia Mercado enjoy the roads and landscape of Central Park during her trip to New York City in the spring of 1977, shortly after she won Miss Mexico. Behind her, rises the huge 50-story white marble and glass General Motors Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1968), and the Sherry-Netherland Hotel (Schultze & Weaver-Buchmann & Kahn, 1928) were visible on the left.

Photo: Unknown.

Source: Activa Magazine. July 1977.

Aerial view of the new 59-story Citicorp Center (Hugh Stubbins-Emery Roth & Sons, 1977). Fall of 1977. View looking west,

Photo: Unknown.

Source: Architectural Record. February 1978.

Definitive architectural rendering for new 41-story Sperry & Hutchinson Building at 330 Madison Avenue in early 1962. Kahn & Jacobs, architects. George A. Fuller, contractor.

Photo: Unknown.

Source: Architectural Record, November 1963.

Cleaning works on the famous Chrysler Building’s (William Van Allen, 1930) Art Decó Nirosta stainless steel crown. Early 1962.

Photo: Unknown.

Source: Architectural Record. November 1967.

Worker cleaning the facade of the Empire State Building (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931), 90 above the street level in September of 1962. On the background, at left, the new Pan Am Building (Walter Gropius-Emery Roth & Sons-Pietro Belluschi, 1963) under construction and the Chrysler Building (William Van Allen, 1930) are visible on the center.

Photo: Jack Manning/The New York Times 



September 1962: For the first time in 31 years, the Empire State Building received “a top-to-toe going over.” The job took five months and spanned all 102 stories. The crew members, 42 workers and 3 superintendents, were “the sort of men who do not bobble at heights.” This picture appeared in a photo spread with the caption: “Work on the base of the tower begins at dawn — and halts for the day before the first sightseers arrive at the observation deck on the 86th floor, just below here.”

Photo: Jack Manning/The New York Times (via The Lively Morgue)

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Night view of Midtown Manhattan from the 70 floor observatory of RCA Building in Rockefeller Center, in the fall of 1972. View looking south.

The 58-story Art Deco 500 Fifth Avenue tower (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931), are visible at left.

In the center of picture, the 102-story Empire State Building (Shreve; Lamb & Harmon, 1931) dominate the skyline with the new 110-story Twin Towers of World Trade Center (Minoru Yamasaki-Emery Roth & Sons, 1973-74) under construction are visible at background. The white skyscraper at foreground is the new 50-story W.R. Grace Building (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1973).

On the right, the building under construction is the new 1166 Avenue of the Americas (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1974) and above it are the new New York Telephone Building (Kahn & Jacobs, 1974) nearing completion, followed by 1133 Avenue of Americas (Emery Roth & Sons, 1969) and the new 57-story One Penn Plaza (Kahn & Jacobs, 1972) at background.

Photo: Unknown.

Source: “Gran Atlas Enciclopédico Aguilar. Vol. 9. Amnérica”. (Madrid, Spain, Ed. Aguilar, S.A. de Ediciones. 1979)