New York, 1905. Hotel Netherland, Fifth Avenue and 59th Street

New York, 1905. Hotel Netherland, Fifth Avenue and 59th Street.

Hotel New Netherland (later Hotel Netherland) was located at the northeast corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, in what is now the Upper East Side Historic District. It contained the Sherry's restaurant from 1919 until its demolition in 1927.

Built in 1892-93 to a design by William H. Hume for William Waldorf Astor, its original lessee was Ferdinand P. Earle. The structure was 234 feet (71 m) in height with 17 stories, making it the "tallest hotel structure in the world". The structure was among the first steel-framed buildings in the city and it enjoyed a reputation for being a very fashionable hotel and location in its day. It was classified as a luxury hotel, rather than one with apartment accommodations as it provided permanent accommodations to its residents, albeit without kitchens. Meals were served in the hotel's dining room, the Louis Sherry restaurant. Renamed the Hotel Netherland in 1908, the neo-Romanesque structure was razed in 1927, replaced by the Sherry Netherland Hotel.
I'm surprised to read that it was a steel framed building, but even more surprised to see the guy standing outside on the eighth floor, at the window on the left, apparently cleaning the window. I don't see any safety gear. The only one who appears to be paying attention to the photographer is the cop on the corner.