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Fantasy Island: 1932

Fantasy Island: 1932

April 4, 1932. "New York city views. Lower Manhattan from foot of Brooklyn Bridge." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


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Pier 16

Pier 16 - without the shed - It is now the home of the South Street Seaport Museum.

To the right of Pier 16 is the Fulton Fish Market. How did you find the Fulton Fish Market? Follow your nose.

Al Smith the politician when asked about his education said he was a graduate of "FFM" Fulton Fish Market.

The dome of the late lamented Singer Building can be seen on the right.

I believe the smoke stacks are those of the Edison Electric generating station - long gone, but commemorated with a plaque today.

Just on the edge of the frame on the left - the pier of Standard Fruit and Steamship - a lot of bananas arrived there.

City of the Future?

Built from Lego blocks.

NYC Zoning

This picture shows the result of the 1916 NYC Zoning laws that mandated "setbacks" on multi-story skyscrapers. That's why so many of them "stairstep" as they go up in height. A good discussion here, which also helps explain why the recently-Shorpied Lever House does NOT have setbacks.

Porto Rico?

They shortened it to fit on the building or they just couldn't spell back then?

["Porto Rico" was used by the United States from the Treaty of Paris in 1898 until changed back to "Puerto Rico" by an act of Congress in May 1932. -tterrace]

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