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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Bridge of Sighs: 1907

Bridge of Sighs: 1907

November 8, 1907. "Bridge of Sighs," connecting the 1902 Tombs prison at left with the 1894 Manhattan Criminal Courts building at right. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Bridge of Sighs

Wow.. beautiful building. They don't make those buildings anymore.

Rails

Parking's not needed. See them streetcar tracks?

[Also not needed because it's 1902! - Dave]

Parking

I can tell you first hand how hard it is to find a parking space in a city that didn't know about all of the cars in it's future, but you do get used to it or I wouldn't live here.

Parking?

Looking at this beautiful photo made me (naturally) think about how life was like atthe time, then I started thinking about what ways things have changed over the decades. When these buildings were constructed, I doubt there was much thought given to - among other things - parking garages for automobiles; at least not with enough room for an entire buildings' worth. In a few short years that would become a necessity for city construction, along with the logistics and rules for such a place.

NY or Venice, Italy

Thought the bridge was located in Venice

[The original Bridge of Sighs crosses the Rio di Palazzo in Venice. This one went over Franklin Street in Lower Manhattan. - Dave]

This is a phenomenal

This is a phenomenal photo!
It would look amazing in a simple frame!

Wow.

Looks like some sort of Cecil B. Demille set.

 
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