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A Million Stories: 1913

A Million Stories: 1913

New York, 1913. "Manhattan looking south along Broadway from Woolworth Bldg." Skyscraper landmarks in this bird's eye view include the Singer (tallest) and Park Row (lower left) buildings. At right, the Statue of Liberty. Gelatin silver print by Irving Underhill. View full size.

 

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Much of the view of the Singer Building is blocked by the City-Investing Building, constructed 1907. They had to build around the much smaller Gilsey Building at 169-171 Broadway (on the corner) because the owners refused to sell. You can read the interesting history of the Gilsey Building at daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com.

The only reason I connected the two is the story was published four days before Shorpy posted this photo.

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Governor's Island is looking mighty ungoverned.

Sic transit gloria mundi

The Singer Building was the world's tallest for about one year (1908-09), before being surpassed by the Metropolitan Life Tower.

The Singer Building retains its title as the tallest building ever peacefully demolished.

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