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Queensborough Bridge Centennial

Queensborough Bridge Centennial

On May 31 I attended the 100th anniversary celebration of the opening the Queensborough 59th Street Bridge seen in previous Shorpy posts. The ceremony
provided access to the upper level of the structure by invitation. It became a once in a lifetime opportunity to stand there and take pictures. This one is of the East River, taken from center span. The view is of the buildings along the Manhattan side of the river. We see the FDR Driver passing under the Beekman Place buildings, #1 Beekman Place and to the right of the greenery, the smaller building #17, the former Irving Berlin residence. View full size.

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Mea Culpa

The tipster is correct, it appears to be Sutton Place and not Beekman Place. The color and shape of the red building convinced me it is the Luxembourg building. This weekend I'll walk up there and take another look. Unfortunately I can't get on the bridge again to take another picture.

Sutton Place

This is Sutton Place, not Beekman Place. The larger building with lawn is One Sutton Place South. The townhouse to its right is on Sutton Square. It is not the Berlin House (now the Luxembourg consulate).

This is a beautiful picture with a unique perspective.

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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