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Downtown: 1962

Downtown: 1962

March 2, 1962. "New York City views. Downtown Manhattan skyline from the Al Smith houses." 4x5 acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


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NY Steam

The smokestack at left is on the New York Steam Company plant on the west corner of Water St and Burling Slip/John St. The original Edison plant was on the west side of Pearl St, a block away.

In the lower left corner, Pearl St has recently been cut through to a widened Water St. The bus is pointed at old Pearl St.

Just coming into view left of center: must be 60 Broad St under construction.

Power Station

That tall stack on the left belongs to the Edison Power station on Fulton St. Building long gone but the station is commemorated by a plaque.

My home

The buildings on the lower right - the blocks defined by Fulton, Pearl, Frankfort, and Gold Streets - are now a superblock containing Southbridge Towers, built in the early 70s, which was until recently a Mitchell-Lama affordable housing complex. Hanging in my apartment: two ancient street signs from before the streets around there were demapped. Jacob and Ferry Streets, and Pearl and Hague Streets (which was where now stands the Verizon Building, not pictured or built yet).

You can barely make out the Brooklyn Bridge at the very bottom of the photo.

Edison Power

That tall smokestack would be the Edison Power station on Fulton Street. Long gone, but a plaque marks the spot.

The Singer building still stands on the far right - it will be there for another six years. Once the tallest in the world.

Just out of frame on the left is the Fulton Fish Market and assorted fish related business - trawlers still land along the shore - This area was eyed to be the location of the proposed World Trade Center, but was rejected as being too swampy - and it headed to the West Side.

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