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 at Dusk, 1950

Chrysler Building at Dusk, 1950

View southeast toward the Chrysler Building on East 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue.  A flourescent lancet crown tops this Manhattan landmark, which opened in 1931.  Designed by architect William Van Alen, this Art Deco masterpiece was the tallest building in the world for eleven months, before being surpassed by the Empire State Building.  In this photo, its majesty is unrivaled.

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Chrysler and Lincoln Buildings, 1930

Chrysler and Lincoln Buildings, 1930

View northwest toward the Chrysler and Lincoln Buildings both completed in 1930.  While the Chrysler Building towers over the Lincoln and is the pinnacle of Art Deco style, the Lincoln Building is not without its own merits.  Built in the neo-gothic style, the Lincoln Building sports gothic windows at the top and a bronze model of Abraham Lincoln by Daniel Chester French in it's lobby.  The statue was removed in 2009 when the building was renamed to One Grand Central Plaza.

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Empire State Building, 1932

Portrait of the Empire State Building, 1932

View northeast toward the newly completed Empire State Building, with the Chrysler building in the background, 1932.  Built in 410 days, the Empire State Building surpassed the Chrysler Building as the World's Tallest Building, a title the Chrysler only held for 11 months.  The Empire State Building held that title for over forty years.  In this photo it clearly dwarfs everything else in the midtown skyline.

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Flatiron Building Under Construction, 1902

Flatiron Building Under Construction, 1902

View south toward Fifth Avenue and E. 23rd Street, with a portrait of the Flatiron Building under construction, 1902.  Completed that same year, the Flatiron -- also known as the Fuller Building, after George A. Fuller, whose company constructed it -- was one of the tallest buildings in New York City.  Today it remains an immediately recognizable icon of New York.

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Chrysler Building and Traffic Statue, 1932

Chrysler Building and Traffic Statue, 1932
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Second Avenue El, 1902

Second Avenue El, 1902

Second Avenue Elevated Train platform between East 41st and East 42nd Streets, 1902.  The Second Avenue Elevated Train was operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit company.  It ran along Second Avenue between East 129th Street and Chatham Square below and above which it joined with the Third Avenue Elevated Line.  The stairway leading up to this platform can be seen in this 1915 photo.

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