I know it's not a steam shovel, but this sight reminded me of a story I loved when I was little. You know, the one about the outdated steam shovel digging for its life? This photo makes me think of what the steam shovel would have looked like without Mike Mulligan urging it on to victory.
This is actually a front loader (or something like that) at 765 43rd Street. Not too much progress at this location. Tearing down a building always works much better than building one in its place.