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Aerial view looking northwest of Midtown Manhattan’s new skyline. Spring, 1972.

Left, are the Empire State Building (Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, 1931) with the crowned topped One Astor Plaza (Der-Scutt-Kahn & Jacobs, 1972) and Uris Plaza (Emery Roth & Sons, 1972), at background.

In the center, foreground, are the Metropolitan Life tower (Napoleon Le Brun & Sons, 1909) and norh building (Harvey Wiley Corbett, 1932-1949), the new Mercantile Mart Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1972) and New York Life Building (Cass Gilbert, 1928). In center, background, can be seen the white skyscraper of W.R. Grace Building (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1972) recently completed with the new J.P. Stevens Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1971) and above it, the new McGraw-Hill (Harrison, Abramovitz & Harris, 1972) and Exxon (Harrison, Abramovitz & Harris, 1971), two new buildings for Rockefeller Center’s XYZ Plan. In the distance, the Rockefeller Center’s R.C.A. Building (Associated Architects, 1933) with the black tower of new Solow Building (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1974) nearly completion. 

At right, background, the white box 50-story General Motors Building (Edward Durrell Stone-Emery Roth & Sons, 1968) with the Pan Am Building (Walter Gropius-Emery Roth & Sons-Pietro Belluschi, 1963), the Chrysler Building (William Van Allen, 1930) and new Third Avenue’s office glass skyscrapers.

Photo: Unknown postcard.