Empire State Building during construction with NYC in the background

Construction of the Empire State Building. The Empire State Building was built in 1929 - 1931. On the right there is a Chrysler building built just before the Empire State Building i.e. 1928 - 1930.

Empire State Building during construction with NYC in the background
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July 17, 2014, 8:15 p.m.
The safety standards at that time in New York City were terrible. Does anyone know why they were so poor? Just looking at those old photos makes me sick. This worker is on the very edge, can fall at any time for whatever reason (e.g. wind). Was he pushed to do this job like this because of lack of money? It seems that at that time many building were built this way.


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