The most obvious difference is at the top of the build with a bright yellow sign instead of the red version that crowns the building now. However, the build for that section looks to be the same between them otherwise. This is something that LEGO designer Mark Stafford has commented on, meaning this build was likely the intended design up until the last second of development.
The taxi was still included at this early stage, because what would a New York skyscraper be without one? It also seems that the initial Daily Bugle took up the entire baseplate rather than leaving space for an alley on either side. It could be that the latter was decided to help isolate the model when placed beside other modular buildings.
The minifigure selection doesn’t appear to have changed but we at least know that at one point during development, a total of 60 were up for inclusion. The development model also appears to be shorter than the final build with a smaller ground floor, though perhaps the extra pieces taken from the side were used to expand the lobby’s height.
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