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Historic images show
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Building the Big Apple:
Historic images show
construction of New York´s
most famous skyscrapers

Daily Mail (UK), by Staff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/4/2012 2:52:17 PM

New York City features some of the world´s biggest and most beautiful buildings but it didn´t happen overnight. A series of beautiful black and white photos released by Corbis images show how these legendary buildings came to be and the men who made them. From Rockefeller Center, to the Flatiron Building, to the Empire State Building, these pictures give you a sense of elevation as men weld and work dozens of stories from the ground. New York City was at the forefront of the development of modern skyscrapers.

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Fascinating photographs.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 12/4/2012 3:06:01 PM     (No. 9048343)

Incredible to think that these guys sat, stood, and walked around on small ribbons of steel... while one of them would THROW a chuck of red-hot steel (rivets) to another man, who would then use a pair of tongs to put it in place, often coming in close contact with the man whose job it was to hammer it into place.



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Reply 2 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 12/4/2012 3:12:34 PM     (No. 9048353)

Breathtaking in their stark beauty - those brave men who build those beautiful buildings. Have been down in NYC many times and you do want to just stand and gape up at them. Now, it reminds me of 9/11 and the joy is tempered with a few tears.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Robert D, 12/4/2012 3:21:38 PM     (No. 9048375)

OSHA obviously did not exist back then.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Ribicon, 12/4/2012 3:35:08 PM     (No. 9048399)

They worked fast, too. Empire State Building was done in only 2 years, give or take a month or so. Compare and contrast with rebuilding at World Trade Center site.

Speaking of the WTC, I notice there are no muslims in these photos. Terrible omission, as Zero says they helped build our great nation.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 12/4/2012 3:39:33 PM     (No. 9048406)

I did this for almost 40 years and I´ll tell ya, the view up there never got old...never.

These days I avoid the city like the plague.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Urgent Fury, 12/4/2012 4:03:16 PM     (No. 9048452)

I would have fallen. Did that happen a lot?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Not your typical New Yorker, 12/4/2012 4:34:50 PM     (No. 9048507)

#6- Surprisingly no, for myself,I´ve seen loads come down but never a person.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 12/4/2012 5:17:57 PM     (No. 9048586)

#6 (and 7) - I remember reading somewhere that there only 5 deaths during construction of the Empire State Building. Seems trivializing to say "only 5" - until you take another look at the photos.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/4/2012 5:55:30 PM     (No. 9048637)

I swear - I get dizzy just looking at those photos. I used to be pretty daredevilish, but these days, not so much. YE GODS!!! The one with the guy sitting on top of the vertical I-beam...GAH!!! Fascinating...utterly fascinating.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: brendacross, 12/4/2012 6:25:26 PM     (No. 9048676)

i will have nightmares tonight after looking at those photos.

breathtaking pics none the less

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Reply 11 - Posted by: CEP, 12/4/2012 6:49:34 PM     (No. 9048708)

Amazing how then they could build such structures and now the people can´t even pick themselves up after a Cat 1 Hurricane that they are pleading for government to pay 100%.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/4/2012 6:53:44 PM     (No. 9048712)

I had to stop looking, as I was developing vertigo! My Uncle, who was a Native American did that type of work back in the 30s and 40s. I understand that there were quite a few as they were surefooted? That´s the family story anyway.

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