Work Atop a Pier Table

Taken Sept. 20, 1932, during the construction of Rockefeller Center, this iconic Manhattan portrait of 11 laborers, legs dangling 850 feet above Midtown, ran in the Oct. 2 Sunday supplement of The New York Herald-Tribune, with the caption “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper.”

(Courtesy of The New York Times)


Look familiar? In this week’s update, we share our own version of this well-known photo. While the Bridge Project is only 200 feet high, and the workers have safety harnesses and tether lines for proper fall protection, the video below shows them drilling fixtures on the floor beams of the pier table at the east tower more than 20 stories in the air.

In this video, note how high above the current bridge the workers are. Hard hats tipped to the four Bridge Project workers in the video – Baron, Jonathan, Paul and Pete – who clearly do not have a fear of heights!