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With its graceful Art Deco spire and mighty eagle hood ornaments, the Chrysler Building has long outshone the taller Empire State Building in aesthetic allure. Designed by William Van Alen and nearing completion in 1930, the Chrysler stood neck-and-neck with its rival, the Manhattan Company Building, for tallest in the world.

(Photo is of photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White atop the Chrysler Building.  c. 1930)

 

Thank you, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, for alerting us to City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s new audit of the city’s POPs — and also for explaining what Privately Owned Public Spaces are.

The photo above of 200 E. 64th Street well illustrates the games building owners play.  That area behind the planters is supposed to be open to the public. The developer received over 25,000 square feet of additional floor space in return.