Spotted: The ‘real’ Daily Planet

We were on our way back from a lunch break when my co-worker, who had been in the City much longer than I, pulled me aside:

”Wait, have you seen this?” ”C’mon, you’ll love it!”

In, he dragged me, through a revolving door and before I knew it I was facing a giant revolving globe amidst a stunning art deco interior with just a touch of brass, as if Jules Verne had walked by and left his mark, and I could hardly contain my excitement. For the lobby we had walked into belongs to The Daily News Building, the iconic skyscraper built in 1929–1930 to become the headquarters of the New York Daily News paper, up until the mid 1990s. But it gets better: this, as I discovered by looking at the photographs on the wall, was the very building that served as the offices of the ”Daily Planet”, the newspaper where none other than Clark Kent and Lois Lane, played by Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder, worked as reporters in the 1978 Superman and its 1980 sequel.

I am still in awe!

Today, the New York Daily News has moved on, but the building is still home to its broadcast subsidiary, WPIX.

The News Building was designed by architects Raymond Hood and John Mead Howells, in the Art Deco style. Other Art Deco designs by the same architects include: the American Radiator Building, Rockefeller Center (Hood) and McGraw-Hill Building (Hood).

The News Building
42nd St., between 2nd & 3rd Avenues

June 22nd, 2017

4 thoughts on “Spotted: The ‘real’ Daily Planet

  1. I love these oversized globes and the size analogies for the universe. Even though the analogies make the size of the planets and universe more meaningful to us at our human scale, I’m not sure that any comparison can truly do it justice. I didn’t know about this exhibit, so thanks for the heads up. ~James

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    1. Hi James – True, it may not do it justice but it’s such fun! Especially when found in such unexpected places like an office building lobby in Midtown Manhattan, of all! But this is another proof of what I’ve discovered in the short time I’ve been here: a great number of building lobbies in Manhattan hide all kinds of treasures – one must absolutely step into them to find out. Cheers, Lia



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