Vintage Photograph from 1932 Shows Construction Workers on Smoke Break Near the Edge of Rockefeller Center Tower

Two Smokers on top of RCA Building, Rockefeller Center, 1932.
Two Smokers on top of RCA Building, Rockefeller Center, 1932.
Photo: OldSchoolCool

Captured on December 2nd, 1932, this vintage photograph shows two workers on Rockefeller Center's RCA Building (30 Rockefeller Plaza) taking a smoke break near the edge of an unfinished floor. In the back, the newly opened Empire State Building dominates the skyline. Here's a time lapse video showing what a similar angle of view looks like today.

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