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New York Skyscrapers: 1908

New York Skyscrapers: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Broadway and Trinity Building." With the Singer tower bringing up the rear. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Trinity and United States Realty Buildings

The two gothic skyscrapers pictured are the former Trinity and United States Realty Buildings designed by Francis H. Kimball and constructed between 1904 and 1907. They both still exist and are Landmarks.

Too busy to look out the window

The guy two floors down from the still sitter may have been too busy to watch the world go by, but he made sure he kept a clean collar handy. That one practically glows in the dark.


It appears to be a graveyard around the monument. Can't figure out the "couple" on the steps though.

[A man in a straw hat and a Yeti. -tterrace]

Just married?

Interesting pair sitting on the steps of the big gothic monument in Trinity Churchyard. To my untutored eye, it looks like someone in a dark suit next to someone dressed all in white. Any chance of a closeup?

And can anyone ID the monument? I did a cursory search, but came up with nothing.

[The monument on whose steps this couple are resting is the Martyrs Memorial, aka the Independence Memorial Spire, erected in 1852 to commemorate American patriots who died in British prisons in New York during the Revolutionary War. - Dave]

Unfurl That Awning

Yes, lower that shade.

Watching the world go by.

I can only spot one person sitting on the sill looking out onto the world.

Cool banners flying the pinnacles of the buildings.

What's going on?

Can't figure what's happening.
Are the bride and groom figures dummies, or real people?
There seem to people silhouettes stuck up in the park.

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