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Daily News Building

  • 220 E. 42nd St. Map It
  • Midtown East
  • Building/Architectural Site

Published 09/11/2016

Fodor's Review

The landmark lobby of this Art Deco tower contains an illuminated 12-foot globe that revolves beneath a black glass dome. Around it, spreading across the floor like a giant compass and literally positioning New York at the center of the world, bronze lines indicate mileage to various international destinations. Movie fans may recognize the building as the offices of the fictional newspaper The Daily Planet in the original Superman movie. On the wall behind the globe you can check out a number of meteorological gauges, which read New York City's weather—especially fun on a windy day when the meters are whipping about. The Daily News hasn't called this building home since the mid-1990s; only the lobby is open to the public (but that's enough). The globe was last updated in 1967 so part of the fun here is seeing how our maps have changed; note Manchuria and East and West Germany.

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220 E. 42nd St., between 2nd and 3rd Aves., New York, New York, 10017, USA

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Published 09/11/2016


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