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Times Past: 1906

Times Past: 1906

Manhattan circa 1906. "Times Building." The recently completed New York Times newspaper headquarters, now encased in electronic signage and venue of the New Year's "ball drop," gave the former Longacre Square its current name. Photoprint by Irving Underhill. View full size.

 

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Above the 12th floor

Any historians care to weigh in as to what went on above the 12th floor?

Floors 14-16 (assuming no 13th) seem slightly more ornate, then 15 is a bit fancier. 16-20 are in the tower, and 21 looks like the boss's office.

Would love to see photos and the story behind the upper floors.

Legendary hostelry

To the right of center and at a greater range stands the impressive pile that was the Hotel Astor, once near the top tier in Gotham lodgings. I last stayed there in 1965, in a $6.50/night (with military discount) single that overlooked the smoke ring-blowing Camel billboard that graced the Times Square area for so many decades.

Two years later, the site was but a hole in the ground as construction commenced on the 54-story office building now designated One Astor Plaza.

Really Too Bad

It is such a shame both that this beautiful building is unrecognizable today, and also that it is vacant except for the ground floors.

View From The Other Side

I've been using the night scene of the Times building and this great shot shows it from the back looking towards where the night scene picture was taken.

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