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View From the U.N. Secretariat Building


I had the good fortune to work at the U.N. for two years in the mid-'80's, doing engineering for a new phone system. Having an "all-access pass", I discovered one day that the the door to the roof of the Secretariat Bldg. was open, looking out on this view of Manhattan.

There are scads of pix of the famous skyline, but none with the incredible Chrysler Building front & center. Because of its distance from the Empire State Building, it even looks taller!

In this 1986 shot, the brown box with the glass roof in the foreground is the Ford Foundation, the major thoroughfare at left is 42nd Street. This view can never be replicated, due to buildings that have since altered the skyline, lessening the Chrysler's visual impact.

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