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Feelin' Groovy: 1909

Feelin' Groovy: 1909

"Blackwell's Island Bridge, East River." Circa 1909 glass negative. Blackwell's Island is now Roosevelt Island, and today the span is called the Queensboro (or 59th Street) Bridge. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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This view is from Riverview Terrace off of Sutton Place (which I thought was just a gourmet food store until I started hunting down the spot to get the same perspective). Below is the same view from August of 2004.

The schooner under the bridge

The vessel is a two masted coasting schooner, not a fisherman.

Grand Banks Schooner

The ship under sail appears to be a typical design of the fishing schooners of the Grand Banks. (Google Images) Its a shame we can't view the stern well enough to see her name. I can imagine her here sailing into market with a hold full of cod.

Bridge building

Actually, that building isn't the one at 22 Vernon Blvd., it's the warden's home on Blackwell's Island:

See this page.

22 Vernon Boulevard

The building nearly under the bridge is still there. It's 22 Vernon and appears on Google Street View:

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Queens Plaza Clock Tower

The clock tower is part of the Brewster Building in Queens Plaza. The building is still there but, sadly, the clock tower was removed in the 1950's.

Going Up

Behind the terra cotta works it looks like a building with clock tower under construction. At first I thought Met Life but it doesn't look quite the same.

Feelin' Groovy

La-da-da-da-da - feelin' groovy!


Anybody know the history of the building that appears to be a mansion, under the bridge?


This is a wonderful photograph. Can anyone read the name on the bow of the passenger boat? I used to live five blocks south of this bridge back in the early 1960's.

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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