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Brave New World: 1925

Brave New World: 1925

A lantern slide of Frances Bode's photograph titled "Repetition," from the 2nd International Salon of Pictorial Photography (1925), New York. View full size.

 

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View

The view in this Shorpy photo was captured by standing on top of Coogan's bluff. The area today is filled with housing apartment buildings, the bridge today is gone, it was known as the Putnam bridge, and it carried subway trains from the Polo Grounds to the Sedgwick Avenue Station in the Bronx. McCombs Dam Bridge can be seen in the far right corner of the photo.

A Bridge Too Far

"The two bridges in the photo both cross the Harlem River. The bridge to the right is the Macombs Dam Bridge, which still stands today. The bridge to the left no longer stands today."

Lagniappe,

I think Macombs Dam Bridge is the bridge on the left (not the right), and as you said, it is still standing.

Rare View

This is a wonderful photo which I’ve never seen before. It is a picture of the 159th Street train yard just north of the 155th Street station of the 9th avenue el – the northern terminus of that line. The large structure along the right side of the photo’s frame is the Polo Grounds. In the distance to the east is Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The two bridges in the photo both cross the Harlem River. The bridge to the right is the Macombs Dam Bridge, which still stands today. The bridge to the left no longer stands today. It was used by the “Polo Grounds Shuttle.” A line that went from the 155th Street Station to the Bronx where it terminated at the 167th Street station of the IRT Jerome Avenue line.

The Giants played their last season in the Polo Grounds in 1957. Subsequently, the line saw very little patronage and it ceased operation at 11:59pm on August 31st, 1958.

It is worth noting that the Polo Grounds Shuttle line ran right through the heart of the area currently occupied by the new Yankee Stadium.

Old 159th St Yard in Manhattan?

Is that the side of the Polo Grounds on the right and the original Yankee Stadium across the Harlem River in the background?

Yankee Stadium and Polo Grounds

That looks to be the recently built (1923) Yankee Stadium in the distance, with the Polo Grounds in the foreground to the right.

car ID suggestions

L-R: Flint Six, Baby Overland, Willys Knight, unknown, small Buick, unknown, Ford, large Chevrolet, Ford, Oldsmobile, Unclear behind tree.

Just Wow!

As an amateur gandy dancer that has stacked a switch for the local streetcar museum, I'm floored by this work!

Intricate

That is some seriously intricate trackwork.

Wherever ya look

Wherever you look, you see "it" again. I wonder if he saw that aspect after he took the image, or if he took the picture because he saw it. I like it a lot.

[Frances Sophia Margaret Bode (1892-1974) was a she. - Dave]

Mea culpa. I sincerely hope the kind lady will forgive me.

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