Aerial view looking south of Midtown Manhattan, in Early, 1930. This picture was taken shortly before the completion of Chrysler Building (at left), that dominates Grand Central District; and the begginins of construction works for the Empire State Building (the site of construction is not visible, but can be located in the center of this picture.). Plaza Hotel and Grand Army Plaza’s hotel skyscrapers can be seen on center, foreground. The large brownstone area, between Fifth to Sixth Avenues, at foreground, center, is the site where Rockefeller Center will be built.

Photo: Fairchild Aerial Surveys.

Source: Pencil Points, September, 1930.