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Noir York: 1950

Noir York: 1950

August 29, 1950. "Storm over Manhattan. New York: The towering buildings of Manhattan are silhouetted against heavy clouds which gathered over the city just before a sudden electrical rainstorm late in the afternoon of Aug. 29. This view looks south from the area of Central Park." Acme Newspicture. View full size.

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Photographer must be on top of the Sherry-Netherland, still there on the NE corner of 5th Ave and 59th. At the right edge of the pic, the roof of the Savoy Plaza, not still there.

United Nations Headquarters

At left on the East River is the UN Secretariat. Just one week after first 450 employees started working there on August 22, 1950.

The Fuller Building

On the left is the 40 story Fuller Building, which is now almost swallowed up by newer, taller skyscrapers. The Fuller Company made a move that coincided with the architectural changes of the times, moving from the Renaissance revival Flatiron Building to the Art Deco Fuller building in 1929.

Look up "eerie"

and this photo appears with the dictionary definition.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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