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New York Daily News Building, NYC, New York City
by Berenice Abbott

NYDN Building in 1935.

From “Changing New York: Photographs by Berenice Abbott, 1935-1938,” available through the NY Public Library Digital Gallery. I have the book of the same name.

Collection, which I’ll be mining for photos coming up, includes:

Hundreds of black and white photographs by Berenice Abbott (1898-1991) from her Changing New York Works Progress Administration/ Federal Art Project. The Library’s collection holds about 80% of the project’s 302 images; this presentation includes variant and discarded images, plus other work Abbott produced as a project employee.

Detail of this photo:

Daily News Building, 42nd Street between Second and Third Avenues, Manhattan. (November 21, 1935) 

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A B-52 Bomber Crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945

B-25 Mitchell bomber smashed beyond recognition into Empire State Building. This is a picture of the wreckage-strewn 79th floor where the bomber tore a 18-foot hole in wall. Propeller is embeded in the wall at the left. Photo: NYDN New york Daily News covers the B-25 Empire State Building crash on July 28, 1945. Photo: NYDN New york Daily News covers the B-25 Empire State Building crash on July 28, 1945. Photo: NYDN New york Daily News covers the B-25 Empire State Building crash on July 28, 1945. Photo: NYDN New york Daily News covers the B-25 Empire State Building crash on July 28, 1945. Photo: NYDN Pieces which crashed the building are cut up for removal from the 78th floor. Photo: NYDN One of the bomber’s motors, trailing part of the plane, crashed through two walls of the building, plummeted through roof and ended up burning in studio at 10 W. 33d St. Photo: NYDN New york Daily News covers the B-25 Empire State Building crash on July 28, 1945. Photo: NYDN Wreckage of elevator that crashed to bottom of shaft. Photo: NYDN Workmen begin the costly job of repairing the damage done to the worl’d highest building the freak plane crash. Photo: NYDN

On July 28th, 1945, bad weather and extremely low fog caused a B-52 bomber heading to Newark from the Northeast collided with the 79th floor of the Empire State Building, killing at least 14 and injuring dozens.

A fog-blind B-25 Mitchell bomber, groping its way southward across Manhattan to Newark Airport, crashed into the 79th floor of the 1,250-foot Empire State Building at 9:52 A.M. yesterday, turning the world’s tallest building into a torch in the sky high above 34th St. and Fifth Ave.

The crash killed at least 14 persons instantly, including the three men aboard the plane, and injured 24, six seriously.

It was accompanied by a terrific explosion that jolted thousands in midtown offices. So great was the plane’s impact that one of its motors, hurled loose with projectile speed, tore nearly 100 feet through seven walls of the 79th floor and melted the suspension cables of three elevators before it landed with a final explosion on the roof of an adjacent 17-story building.

Read through the original article written the day after for more pictures and details on the crash and the immediate aftermath. Empire State Building

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via New York Daily News

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