An Art Deco globe illuminates a New York lobby

DailynewsglobeThe 37-story New York Daily News building, at 220 East 42nd Street, is pure Art Deco beauty.

And it’s even more of a masterpiece thanks to the illuminated 12-foot globe that’s been revolving under a black glass dome in the lobby since 1930.

“Around it, spreading across the floor like a giant compass and literally positioning New York at the center of the world, bronze lines indicate mileage to various international destinations,” writes

“The Daily News, however, hasn’t called this building home since the mid-1990s, 15 years after it played the offices of the fictional newspaper the Daily Planet in the original Superman movie.”


It attracts lots of gawkers today, just as it has for 80 years. [Image above courtesy of New York Architecture]

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9 Responses to “An Art Deco globe illuminates a New York lobby”

  1. BRIAN BERKE Says:

    It is THE NEWS building, not the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS BUILDING, it was built by The Tribune Company the Chicago based owners of the NY Daily News. The globe when new was painted amongst others by Theodor Seuss Geisel. Dr. Seuss to you!

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Since the New York Daily News calls it the New York Daily News Building, I’m going to defer to them:

    • BRIAN BERKE Says:

      I worked for the New York Daily News at the building. While it was then the home to the newspaper it was still The News building, (see name in stone over 42nd Street main entrance) The NY Daily News took up relatively little space in the building which had offices for news services from around the world.

  3. wendy Says:

    I recall taking a school trip there and being impressed by the globe. I love newspapers and news people and wonder what will become of such wonderful institutions.

  4. visualingual Says:

    So awesome!

  5. petey Says:

    i love that globe, and the information about distances on the floor around it made me feel very knowledgeable when i was a kid. i must pay a visit, though i can’t anymore follow it by a trip to the automat on the corner of 3rd ave.

  6. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    I love the info about distances to various world cities on the floor too. They include Peiping, the Chinese city we know as Beijing today.

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