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New York Telephone: 1950

New York Telephone: 1950

February 15, 1950. "N.Y. Telephone Co. headquarters and the World-Telegram building, from a helicopter." Photo by Al Ravenna for the New York World-Telegram & Sun. View full size.

 

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A view

from what was once the Hudson. I had two stints in 140 West Street, the last ending when we were relocated after being flooded by Sandy in 2012. The photo I am posting is from 2009, taken from the World Financial Center.

Barclay Street Ferry

The Lackawanna Railroad ran the Barclay Street Ferry from their terminal in Hoboken. My dad took it every day to his job on Wall Street, a brisk walk east. On the way home he would pick up a World-Telegram and Sun from next door. In foul weather he would take the H&M tube train to Hudson Terminal, which is slightly visible behind.

Washington Market

You can read a little more about the demise of the Washington Market (across the street from the NY Tel building in the picture above) at WNYC

No longer on the waterfront

Today the N.Y. Telephone Co. headquarters is known as One Hundred Barclay. [Which is the designation for the residential part of today's Verizon Building. - Dave] Built in 1927, the building has survived a lot: a major fire in 1975, very seriously damaged in 2001 by both collapsing World Trade Center towers and Seven World Trade Center, then flooded during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

See: https://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/search?q=ralph+walker%27s+1927

The piers and Lackawanna Railroad have been replaced by new buildings on landfill.

Narrow escape

The New York Telephone headquarters became the Verizon Building. On September 11, 2001, it was immediately adjacent to 7 World Trade Center and across the street from 6 World Trade Center, both of which were destroyed. The Verizon Building's thick-walled masonry construction saved it.

The Barclay-Vesey building

This building is a masterpiece by architect Ralph Walker. It was heavily damaged by the collapse of the WTC buildings on 9/11, but repaired at a cost approaching a billion dollars. Half of the building has recently been transformed into residences.
Here is the original lobby:

Today

Looks like both buildings are still there, although they're not as imposing now that they're surrounded by newer, taller skyscrapers. The telephone building is on the West Side Highway at Vesey Street.

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