“It was the best of times, it was the best of times. To be white, male, and healthy in New York in the 1950s was to be as blessed as any individual at any time in history. Th booming wartime economy had given way to a booming peacetime economy, fueled by full production to meet the voracious demand from buyers nourished by the innovation and choice now available in their bounteous new ‘supermarkets.’

One almost unbelievable statistic indicates just how the city experience its own stampede by the business community: between 1950 and 1960 more new office space was added to New York than existed in the rest of the world at the time. In one decade that one city more than doubled the world’s available office space. And all of it went upward, transforming, for example, midtown Park Avenue from a sedate backwater of domestic brownstones into a vast glistening river of glass and steel.”

– From ‘The Real Mad Men’, by Andrew Crackwell


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