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Aerial View of Midtown Spires, c. 1950

Aerial View of Midtown Spires, c. 1950

In this aerial black and white photo from about 1950, we see the spires of Midtown East, including the Helmsley Building and the Chrysler Building. The midcentury haze obscures southern manhattan and Queen, giving the sense that the world beyond Midtown Manhattan ceases to to exist.

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Censored in Times Square, 1948

Censored in Times Square, 1948
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A Crowd of Men Ogles Enormous Breasts in Times Square, 1948

A Crowd of Men Ogles Enormous Breasts in Times Square, 1948
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Aerial Overview of the Empire State Building, 1964

Aerial Overview of the Empire State Building, 1964

The Empire State Building is no less impressive when seen from above than from below. In this aerial photograph, taken in 1964, we can see the Art Deco masterpiece in all its glory. It dominates the midtown skyline, stabbing upward into the sky, defiantly daring someone to build a taller building. It would be nearly a decade before anyone would.

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Workers atop Grand Central Terminal, 1950

Workers atop Grand Central Terminal, 1950

View east toward workers painting the flagpole on Grand Central Terminal.  The collossal clock and statue of "Transportation" by French artist Jules-Alexis Coutan are in the background. On the statue Mercury is flanked by Minerva and Hercules. Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, represents the thought and planning put into this building, while Mercury, the god of speed, represents both the speed of commerce and, of course, the speed of trains, and Hercules represents the strength of the men who built GCT.  The flagpole has since been removed.

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Chrysler Building and Traffic Statue, 1932

Chrysler Building and Traffic Statue, 1932
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