As I wrote yesterday, with a small group of interested parties I had permission to see the inside of the Broderick Tower. The penthouse apartment once belonged to Thomas Eaton (the guy who built the building, calling it the Eaton Tower) and it was later used by David Broderick as the swanky private Sky Top Club during the 1940s/50s. Vandals have seriously destroyed the interior that was pretty well preserved when Camilo Vergara took photos of it with the building's caretakers back in the early 1990s. He said the place was almost unrecognizable now. One interesting spot was the place where a hole in the plaster revealed a wall with what must have been the original wallpaper of Eaton's apartment:

The four corners of the parallelogram-shaped building have these beaux-arts details, including massive stone globes that the taggers have also defaced:

The views from the roof are as incredible as you'd expect the views from an abandoned 35-story skyscraper to be.

I was really interested in the trees growing in the tar so high up, and wondered how big they'd get:

I liked the way this little plant looked like it was holding up the architectural detail:

As if the legal access weren't enough of a treat, we also got to see a nude photo shoot taking place on a rooftop below us:

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