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Manhattan Bridge Under Construction, 1909

Manhattan Bridge Under Construction, 1909

The Manhattan Bridge, which connects Lower Manhattan with the Brooklyn neighborhood formerly known as Fulton Landing, was the last of the suspension bridges to span the East River, following the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges, respectively. In this photo, taken from Main Street near the Brooklyn Piers in 1909, you can see the Brooklyn Tower and the beginning of the Deck construction. In recent years, this neighborhood has been renamed DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and has become quite a trendy place to live.

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Duke Snider at Bat During the 1956 World Series

Duke Snider at Bat During the 1956 World Series

Center Fielder Duke Snider steps up to the plate for the Brooklyn Dodgers, while Jackie Robinson waits on deck. An NBC camera broadcasts the event from a few rows away. The Dodgers hosted the Yankees here at Ebbets Field for the first and last two games of the seven game series. This would be the last World Series ever played in Brooklyn.

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Ebbets Field During the 1956 World Series

Ebbets Field During the 1956 World Series

It's the first game of the 1956 World Series, and the defending World Champions, the Brooklyn Dodgers, are hosting their rivals the New York Yankees at Ebbets Field. Whitey Ford is on the mound, Yogi Berra is behind the plate, and a Dodger batter is on his way towards first.

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Aerial Overview of Ebbets Field, 1933

Aerial Overview of Ebbets Field, 1933

Ebbets Field was the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1913 until the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles following the 1957 season. Here we can see the stadium along with Prospect Park to the west and much of the Flatbush neighborhood, which Dem Bums called home.

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Performing the Rite of Tashlikh on the Williamsburg Bridge, 1910

Performing the Rite of Tashlikh on the Williamsburg Bridge, 1910

Every year for hundreds of years on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, Jews perform the Rite of Tashlikh, casting crumbs of bread, symbolic of their sins, into a flowing body of water. Here, in 1910, a group of women and girls cast their sins off from the Williamsburg Bridge into the East River. Jews in New York City still perform Tashlikh on the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

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Girls on the Parachute Jump, 1955

Girls on the Parachute Jump, 1955

Two young women hang suspended above Steeplechase Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn.  The beach and boardwalk below them are crowded with men and women strolling or sunbathing.  The Parachute Jump, originally built for the 1939 World's Fair, is an icon of Coney Island.  Although it ceased operating in 1968, the structure is in the United States Register of Historic Places, and still stands today.

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Lower Manhattan Skyline through Brooklyn Bridge Cables, 1923

Lower Manhattan Skyline through Brooklyn Bridge Cables, 1923

This view of the Lower Manhattan Skyline from the walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge is enhanced by the geometrics of the steel support cables and lattice.  The cables themselves were, in part, made from inferior wire that a subcontractor snuck into the project.  Rather than remove them, Chief Engineer Roebling let them stay, reasoning that the bridge would now be only four times stronger than it needed to be rather than six.

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