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Higher Lower Manhattan: 1912

Higher Lower Manhattan: 1912

New York circa 1912. "Big buildings of Lower Manhattan." Notable skyscrapers (in a scene last glimpsed here) include the Woolworth tower (under construction), the Singer Building and the Bankers Trust pyramid. View full size.

 

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Where is everyone?

So many rooftops in the image and yet only two people visible on them. It can't be that cold out based on all of the laundry out to dry. And all the empty flag poles! Since this is 1912, perhaps people hadn't had a chance yet to procure the new 48 star flags.

In the Haze

The white building nearing completion in the haze to the right of the Singer Bldg. is the NYC Municipal Bldg. It was built to house NYC government offices because City Hall had reached capacity. Both are still standing.

The suspension bridge tower in the haze further right is the Williamsburg Bridge to Brooklyn. Also still standing.

1912 -> 1917 image flip

Image flip between 1912 and 1917, perspective adjusted to align. Things change mighty fast around Gotham.

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