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South Street: 1933

South Street: 1933

November 28, 1933. "New York City views. Looking down South Street." 5x7 safety negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.


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Hey! I know that horse!

Just kidding... but I grew up down there in Knickerbocker Village between the Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridges in the 60's & 70's. I can't make out the street sign in front of the horse... something Slip. Those street signs bring back memories. They were still like that when I was living in the city. Can anyone see what it is? It doesn't look like Catharine Slip... Market Slip maybe?

[The sign says James Slip. - Dave]


The American International Building is home to the notorious AIG, or whatever they are calling it now.

Farther down the block

On the other side of the bridge, near the South Street Seaport, many old buildings remain in this orientation, though the street is mostly overshadowed by the elevated FDR Drive above.

FDR Drive

The same view is now had on FDR Drive.

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Three Towers

Left to right:

1. City Bank Farmers Trust Building (20 Exchange Place). Later known as the First National City Bank Building. Today: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

2. 60 Wall Tower (70 Pine Street), aka the Cities Service Building. Today: American International Building.

3. Bank of Manhattan (40 Wall Street). Today: Trump Building.


That's the Brooklyn Bridge.


Which bridge is that?


It's an interesting placement of the horse and cart to remind you of where all this modern times came from and not that long ago either. Another classic rendition of the "city that never sleeps"!


I don't see a street scene. I see a Broadway stage with a well-painted backdrop and a constructed set on the right. The open space begs to be filled with dancers, gangsters and so forth. The lighting is already great.

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