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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

New York: 1933

New York: 1933

1933. A view across New York's Central Park Lake framed by the Sherry-Netherland and Plaza hotels. 5x7 safety negative by the noted architectural photographer Samuel H. Gottscho. View full size.

 

America, America

"Oh beautiful, for ageless dreams, that reach beyond the years. Thine alabaster cities gleam, undimmed by human tears."

Perhaps not literally true, but as an American poet, I will always love those verses. I immediately thought of them, seeing this image.

Savoy Plaza

The building to the immediate right of the Sherry-Netherland, the one with the mansard roof and two chimneys, I believe was the Savoy Plaza, another luxury hotel. It was replaced by the sterile General Motors building, home to the CBS Morning News telecast. The previous comments are right, Midtown is a great place to live.

Yes

NYC is the greatest place in the world to live

- New Yawker living in LA

New York

Wow, this looks like a great place to live.

 
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