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Corporate Canyon: 1941

Corporate Canyon: 1941

October 1941. "Skyline of Midtown Manhattan from Radio City (Rockefeller Center)." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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This view looks east-southeast across Fifth Avenue to the flagship department store of Saks Fifth Avenue, designed by Starrett and Van Vleck and completed in 1924. Beyond it is the mostly blank west facade of 444 Madison Avenue, a work of Kohn, Vitola & Knight (1931). Formerly known as the Newsweek Building, this 42-story skyscraper is now blocked from view by the Swiss Bank Tower. 444 Madison has featured three illuminated "Burberry" signs at the top since 2009, so its swankiness is still intact. Although we cannot see it, St. Patrick's Cathedral lies hidden directly behind the tall building at the far left.

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