Building The Big Apple: Historic Images Show Construction of NY’s Famous Skyscrapers

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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.

Spectacular skyline: Framing the top of the Chrysler building and the East River in the background, Bob Snow stretches his arms to guide a steel girder in August 1962

Smile: Carl Russell waves to his co-workers while doing structural work of the 88th floor of the Empire State Building
Precarious: A catcher, whose job is to catch red hot rivets if they fall during riveting, straddles a beam during skyscraper construction
Up in the sky: Relaxed, workers sit and stand on the beams of the skyscrapers

 

 

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