Lunch Atop a Pickup
A few nights ago, a white pickup drove past the Landmark Sunshine carrying a life-size replica of the legendary “lunch atop a skyscraper” photo. Few on the street or sidewalk seemed to notice…or care.
Lunch Atop a Skyscraper is a famous photograph taken in 1932 by Charles C. Ebbets during construction of the RCA Building (renamed as the GE Building in 1986) at Rockefeller Center. The photograph depicts 11 men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling hundreds of feet above the New York City streets. Ebbets took the photo on September 29, 1932, and it appeared in the New York Herald Tribune in its Sunday photo supplement on October 2. Taken on the 69th floor of the GE Building during the last several months of construction, the photo Men Asleep on a Girder shows the same workers napping on the beam.