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Park Avenue and 57th Street looking south, shortly before Christmas, 1963. The First National City Bank Building (Carson & Lundin-Kahn & Jacobs, 1961) are on foreground, left, with the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel (Schultze & Weaver, 1931) and the new 50-story Chemical Bank New York Trust Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1964) under construction at background. Union Carbide (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1960), ITT (Emery Roth & Sons, 1961) and Manufacturers Hanover Trust (Emery Roth & Sons, 1961) buildings are at right. The Pan Am (Walter Gropius-Emery Roth & Sons, Pietro Belluschi, 1963) and New York General (Warren & Wetmore, 1929) are at center.

Photo: Victor Laredo.

Source: Victor Laredo, Thomas Reilly. “New York City: A Photographic Portrait” (New York, Dover, 1973).

Aerial view looking northwest of Midtown Manhattan in early 1963. Chrysler and Pan Am Building are in the center. Rockefeller Center’s buildings and new International Style office skyscrapers surrounding it can be visible above, left.

Photo: Fairchild Aerial Surveys.

Source: Peter Hall. “Las grandes ciudades y sus problemas”. Biblioteca para el Hombre Actual (Nueva York, McGraw-Hill, Madrid. Ed. Guadarrama, 1965).

We have the right to live our lives, with God or without, as we choose. There is a prohibition against the establishment of a state religion in our Constitution, and we have the right to choose with whom we live, whom we love… and who and what gets to interfere with our bodies. As Americans, men, women, people, gay, straight, L, B, G, T, Q, all of us have the human right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. And if you think people got mad when they thought the government was coming after their guns? Wait’ll they come and try to take away our Happiness!”

- Meryl Streep , recipient of the National Ally Award attends the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala  (Waldorf Astoria Hotel on February 11, 2017)

Park Avenue’s glass office skyscrapers corridor. View looking south from 51st. Street. Summer, 1970.

Left: St. Bartholomew’s Church (Bertram Goodhue, 1916-1924), with 47-story Art Deco´s Waldorf-Astoria (Schultze & Weaver, 1931) and modern 44-story black-tinted-glass Westvaco Building (Emery Roth & Sons, 1967). 

Buildings at right: Union Carbide (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 1960), Bankers Trust (Emery Roth & Sons-Shreve, Lamb & Harmon-Henry Dreyfuss, 1962), Colgate-Palmolive (Emery Roth & Sons, 1955) with I.T.T. and Manufacturers Hanover Trust twin buildings (both by Emery Roth & Sons, 1961). 

At center, background: New York General (Warren & Wetmore, 1929) y Pan Am (Walter Gropius-Emery Roth & Sons-Pietro Belluschi, 1963),

Foto: Unknown. 

Source: “A Full Color Photographic Tour of New York City”. Glendale, New York. Apple Production/Manhattan Post Card Publishing, Company, Third Edition, 1981.


On this day in music history: June 21, 1948 - Columbia Records introduces the 33 1/3 RPM long playing LP at a press conference at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Developed by Columbia engineer Peter Carl Goldmark, he begins work on the project in 1939 as the successor to the 78 RPM record. Earlier in the 1930’s, Columbia had tested the slower speed with a 10-inch record, but is quickly phased out when various technical problems arise. The real breakthrough occurs when Goldmark and his team creative the “microgroove”. Measuring only .003 of an inch, it increases the playing time to just over 20 minutes per side to maintain optimal sound quality. The new records are pressed using polyvinyl chloride rather than the carbon and shellac compound used to manufacture 78 RPM records for nearly fifty years. Vinyl records prove to not only be more durable than the easily breakable 78’s, they also have benefit of a quieter playing surface. The first long playing LP released by Columbia Records is the “Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor” with soloist Nathan Milstein, and Bruno Walter conducting the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York (catalog number ML 4001). The album is reissued as a limited pressing on vinyl for its fiftieth anniversary in 1998 by Classic Records. Happy 69th Birthday to the vinyl LP!!