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Washington Street Market: 1952

Washington Street Market: 1952

Night view of the Washington Street produce market, New York City, 1952. View full size. Photograph by Walter Albertin for the World Telegram & Sun.


This is the Meat Market District

What was displaced when the World Trade Center was built were wholesale electronic parts dealers.

That was a great place

I use to work in the Washington Market after school around 1964.


i am looking for some photos of the particular Cuneo bros. if anyone has any information or would be much appreciated..thank you...Ach

Park there now

There is a park there at Chambers and Greenwich called the Washington Market Park.


This would be down in TriBeCa, not the Meatpacking District as alluded to. The Washington Market was a huge produce market, as well as the center of the butter & egg trade, for many years, until development displaced it (especially the building of the WTC).

[Thanks for the info. I have a series of Washington Market photos to post this week. - Dave]

The funny part is...

...this is a very expensive nightlife-heavy part of town now. But the cobblestone streets are still there.

[Interesting. What neighborhood is it? - Dave]

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