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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Gotham Rising: 1907

Gotham Rising: 1907

New York circa 1907. "Brooklyn Bridge." Manhattan's 20th-century skyline takes shape. At left, the Singer Building under construction. View full size.

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Park Row Building

The building with the two domes just left of center in the picture is the Park Row Building. It was the tallest building in the world at the turn of the century. Still stands facing City Hall Park (it is the home of J&R Music World), but is now dwarfed by the Woolworth Building.

The man looking back at the camera.

He hadn't a clue that he was looking 100 years into the future.

So Many Giants

Also shown is the double domed Park Row Building (world's tallest building from 1899 to 1908), the NY Tribune building (just left of the bridge, built 1875), the American Tract Society Building (behind the light post, built 1894) and the beautifully domed New York World building (1890-1955).

Men only

Were women discouraged from walking the bridge? (I did it with my wife last summer).

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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