Vintage Photograph From the Empire State Building Observation Deck on it's 1931 Opening Day

The opening day of the Empire State Building, 1931
The opening day of the Empire State Building, 1931
Photo: Samuel Gottscho

Brooklyn photographer Samuel Gottscho is well known for his New York City photography in the 1930's. We have featured his photos on Viewing NYC a few times before, and now we have this gem to share with you as well.

The Empire State Building has one of the most iconic observation decks in the world. Celebrated by locals, tourists, movies and television shows alike, the view from the deck is one of the best sights in all of New York. This shot was captured by Gottscho on it's opening day, May 1st, 1931, and shows a much different view of lower Manhattan than the one we enjoy today.

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