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A view over 1930s Manhattan showing the Hell Gate Bridge across the East River in the distance, the Waldorf-Astoria towers and 230 Park Avenue (Helmsley Building) foreground, Lincoln Building lower right, and a gleaming New York Hospital on the right. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.