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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Manhattan Rising: 1907

Manhattan Rising: 1907

Manhattan circa 1907. "The heart of New York from Brooklyn." A continuation of this view across the East River. Landmarks include the Singer Building under construction, the Park Row building and Brooklyn Bridge. View full size.

 

Hotel Margaret?

Likely the two pics were taken from the Hotel Margaret, on the NE corner of Orange and Columbia Hts (40.6997N 73.9956W). That hotel appears a block or two north of the camera in http://www.shorpy.com/node/3893 , just right of the Brooklyn Bridge tower.

The Great Bridge

If anyone is really interested in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge I recommend, "The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge" by David McCullough. It is a fascinating story.

Brooklyn Bridge

It is hard to believe the Brooklyn Bridge was 24 years old in this photo. If you ever get the chance to watch the PBS program on the planning and construction of the bridge, you will never look at that grand piece the same again. It is amazing that they could build such a masterpiece in a horse and buggy and steam powered era. It was started in 1869 and finished in 1883.

 
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