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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Harbor View: 1908

Harbor View: 1908

Circa 1908. "New York Harbor from the Battery." Another super-detailed panorama, this one made from two 8x10 glass negatives. View full size.

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City Pier A

There's another survivor peeking out at lower left -- "City Pier A" which is apparently the oldest surviving NY City pier. Abandoned for many years, it was once considered a possible departure point for ferries headed to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. That idea fell through, though, and last I heard Pier A was being renovated for harbor-side dining.

Two Tall Buildings

The 12-story building to the right of the elevated train tracks is the Washington Building at No. 1 Broadway, a work of Edward H. Kendall built 1882-1885. It still stands today, although its original red brick facade was completely transformed into a white limestone facade in a renovation of 1920-1921 (an early episode of Extreme Makeover: Skyscraper Edition). The big building in the center of the picture is the 20-story Whitehall Building of 1902-1904, designed by Henry J. Hardenbergh (architect of the Plaza Hotel, Dakota Apartments, and many other NYC buildings). It, too, is still standing, but it has since been joined by a neighbor called the Greater Whitehall Building, which would appear just to its right in this picture.

Beautiful detail.

This photograph is stunning.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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