Sam Roberts for The New York Times:
Although they sat on Rockefeller Center’s board, the sons of John D. Jr. still needed his permission after World War II when they wanted to remodel a portion of the 56th floor into identical 20-by-16-foot offices for each of them.
“Isn’t this impressive,” Nelson Rockefeller prompted his father, after the renovations were completed.
To which John D. Jr. supposedly replied, “Nelson, whom are we trying to impress?”
A dash of history, wealth, real estate, and New York City all rolled into one fascinating article.
And a little side note: I never considered the increased displacement of individuals who work in skyscrapers. I remember my ears popping when heading to the Top of the Rock, but traveling further than the people on the ground never crossed my mind.