National Geographic : 1964 Jul
EKTACHROMEBY LEE LOCKWOOD,BLACK STAR. AND HS EKTACHROME BY ALBERT MOLDVAYBELOW1(:C I Honeycomb of lights, windows of the new New York Hilton at Rockefeller Center offer guests sweeping views of the city. Opened last summer, the 46 story, 2,153-room hotel calls itself New York's first blue skyscraper. In daylight its tinted windows give the entire build ing a blue cast. Immense trellis in the sky, the steel skeleton of the Hilton appears here seven months before completion. Sure footed Mohawk Indians, all but fearless of heights, balanced on narrow girders and juggled hot rivets to assemble the towering frame. Concrete poured for the floors would build 18 apartment houses of 20 stories each.