Daily News Building
220 East 42nd Street
Natural History special issue
Part of City of Stars photo essay.
The lobby of the building that until 1995 was the home of the Daily News features an oversized, rotating, tilted globe of Earth, with oceans, prevailing ocean currents, continents and nations delineated. The sphere sits in an illuminated, fenced-off basin surrounded by a tiled compass rose embedded in the floor, providing the cardinal direction and mileage to various cities around the world. If you do not immediately recognize this earthly icon as the symbol of the Daily News, then perhaps you will instead associate it with the home of the Daily Planet, the newspaper of the fictional city Metropolis, and the employer of Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, and their mild-mannered associate, Clark Kent.
Poster-sized images of the cosmos adorn the lobby walls, and a glass cabinet displays a vintage time-zone clock, alerting passersby to how many hours New York City’s time is ahead (or behind) that of other cities around the world.