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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Christmas Tree Market: 1903

Christmas Tree Market: 1903

New York circa 1903. "A Christmas tree market, Barclay Street Station." With wagons for the Mammoth Furniture House and Herman Kornahren's Wooden Ware. Previously seen here. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Pier 17 on the Hudson River

The picture is of Pier 17 on the Hudson River, not on the East River where the South Street Seaport now resides. The historical photo is taken from West Street at the foot of Barclay Street, which at that time was on the waterfront. The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (among others) had a passenger ferry terminal here as well which lasted until 1967, and was demolished shortly thereafter to make way for the World Trade Center complex. During that construction, fill was added to the river side of West Street, creating new land which would eventually become Battery Park City and the World Financial Center. A new Goldman Sachs glass-and-steel office building now sits where the ferry terminal once resided.

Barclay Street Station

Googling around for "Barclay Street Station," I encountered Berenice Abbott, who made a picture of the railway side of Barclay Street Station. Shorpy lovers might be interested in the Gallery of her pictures.

East Side, West Side

Sorry Mr Mel, but I think the photo is of Pier 17 on the Hudson River, not East River. The nice painting you posted is Pier 17 on the East River. The photo is of a NY Central & Hudson RR terminal. Besides, I don't think Barclay Street ever ran to the East River. It did run to the Hudson River, pre-landfill.

That is a worried looking pile of trees

I don't see one that I would be interested in!

Those are some tall Christmas trees

Not much has changed in 108 years - except for the horse-drawn delivery vehicles. Bet the trees cost less back then.

One stop shopping

Furniture for our mammoth and a tree that fits our 16 foot ceilings, Merry Christmas.

Any tree you want, 25 cents!

Seven-footers? No problem. How many? Put one in every room.

Christmas Tree Hunts at the Star Nursery

Growing up in Detroit, Michigan in the 1950's always meant going to the Star Nursery for our Christmas tree. The nursery had a big green five pointed star with the name STAR outlined in lights as its sign. The outdoor garden area was packed with a maze of pines. Strings of overhead lights added to the excitement of prowling the shadowy isles with my younger sister as my parents hunted for the perfect tree. It being Michigan, there was usually snow on the ground which added to the experience. During the rest of year driving by the nursery always brought thoughts of past Christmas tree hunts or the next one coming up.

Way up there.

Photographic evidence that ceilings were much higher back in the day.

Pier 17

Here we are again at Pier 17, now home to a major tourist destination, The South Street Seaport. The area once home to the Fulton Fish Market and now TGIF'd by nascent Financial District Bankers and Brokers just partying away.

 
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