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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Navy Yard Newsies: 1903

Navy Yard Newsies: 1903

Circa 1903. "Sands Street entrance, Brooklyn Navy Yard." With a flock of newsies, and Lewis Hine nowhere in sight. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Sands Street Gate, October 2013

Looks pretty well restored now. Eagles not present, but may have been repurposed at Clinton Avenue Gate.

+108

Updating my previous modern view (+101 below), here is the same view from April of 2011.

+101

This is the same view from November of 2004. A portion of the wall and turret can be seen behind the truck.

DUMBO Tracks.

Those weren't trolley tracks on Plymouth Street. They were from a very short line called the Jay Street Connecting Railroad. It switched freight cars between buildings and the piers.

The Navy Yard Today

This is now the entrance to a vehicle impound lot run by the NYPD. Sadly, the entrance buildings look just about ready to fall apart any day now.

Sands St. entrance

The entrance structures still stand, albeit with fugly alterations:


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The Brooklyn Dodgers

And the newsies would be among those who dodged the trolleys in Brooklyn.

Tracks

Those trolley tracks can still be seen on Plymouth Street in the neighborhood now called DUMBO.

 
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