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Fifth Avenue, New York--The World's Greatest Shopping Street--Travel By Train. Lithograph by Frederic Kimball Mizen, 1932.

Another Miracle on 34th Street

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My latest Flickr album features a building that was once the tallest in the world, the Empire State Building. I particularly enjoy this photo, taken in 1933 by Theodor Horydczak. It shows the skyscraper on July 4th, from Fifth Avenue and East 41st Street:

New York City. Empire State Building from 41st St. and 5th Ave. Photo by Theodor Horydczak, 1933 July 4.

Ever wonder what was at the site of the Empire State Building, at Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street, before construction began in 1930?

The answer to this question is the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel:

Waldorf-Astoria Hotel; Fifth Avenue and 33rd St. During Patriotic Event. Stereograph by Keystone View Company, 1917.

Joseph Pennell included the hotel in this street scene that he drew in the early 20th century:

Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Thirty-Fourth Street and Fifth Avenue. Drawing by Joseph Pennell, between ca. 1904 and 1908.

This photo from the Detroit Publishing Company Collection seems to be taken from the same vantage point used by Pennell:

Knickerbocker Trust Building and [Waldorf] Astoria, New York. Photo by Detroit Publishing Company, 1904.
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