In New York, a building’s forgotten weather beacon


As covered here in the past, New York’s infrastructure is full of history, and the area around my company’s current office also holds a lot of surprises, such as the tallest hotel in North America. But the history of another building within view of our office, seen here when I stayed overnight at that tallest hotel during a winter storm, has a history of its own.


1740 Broadway, which was built as the new headquarters for Mutual of New York, had a unique weather beacon built atop it that glowed colors based on the next day’s forecast, as well as lights going up or down based on how the temperature would be changing.  It no longer serves that purpose, but it still remains a somewhat unique appendage on the nearby building, and is a bit of a marvel to look at in the skyline.

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