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United Nations: 1952

United Nations: 1952

March 18, 1952. "United Nations Secretariat and General Assembly from Welfare Island, East River." 5x7 acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


Mystery of the rocky outcropping

Yeah, I realize that this photo is days old now and no one cares about a stupid little rocky outcropping in the first place, but I still want to say that the rocky outcropping is indeed gone. Although perhaps other rocks can be seen on Google Earth, this photo’s perspective can be almost perfectly reproduced, showing that the rocks are indeed gone. I expect this controversy to reach Grassy Knoll level status now.

Re: Tower question

That would be the Daily News building at 220 East 42nd Street. The tower I assume is for WPIX-TV, channel 11, which still broadcasts from studios there.

Tower question

Does anyone know what the building just to the right of the Empire State is and what station use the tower on top?


Thanks for the info "safe as milk". It appears this tower is gone now and WPIX's transmitter in now on the Empire State Bldg as are most other NY stations.

Re: Rocky Outcrop

The outcrop appears to still be there on Google maps; it would be slightly out of the picture from Roosevelt Island.

On Kips Bay

To the left of the UN structure some smokestacks are visible, about 10 years ago they were torn down along with the accompanying Consolidated Edison Company buildings that had been there for about a 100 years.
The still mostly vacant property, is the largest unused plot in Manhattan. There will be some high end, high rising riverfront Condos and/or Rental Apartments. Probably about 10 buildings, 70 stories or so, will be built there as soon as the local Community Boards approve the plans. I missed an opportunity to photograph the headstone on the main building that read "The Edison Company".

64 years later

The same view of the building can still be had from Roosevelt 4 Freedoms Park, whose construction (or some prior project) seems to have included the removal of the rocky outcropping in the foreground.

Mother Was Not Impressed

My mother was given to referring to it as "that crackerbox."

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