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This dramatic photo is from the Times Weekly Edition dated 28th April 1927. The original Netherlands Hotel on New York's 5th Avenue had been torn down to make way for this new 38 story replacement. During the buildings construction, on the 12th April 1927, the wooden scaffolding around the top 16 stories caught fire and the ensuing flames took 12 hours to put out.
A description of the incident appears in the introduction to Bill Bryson's 2013 book 'One Summer - 1927'