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Aerial View of Lower Manhattan, c. 1930

Aerial View of Lower Manhattan, c. 1930

In this eastern-looking aerial photograph of Lower Manhattan and Tribeca, taken around 1930, one gets a view of many of the most notable structures of the day, including the Woolworth Building, the Municipal Building, City Hall and the Post Office, as well as the Federal Courthouse, and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Aside from the Woolworth and Municipal Buildings nothing in view could be called a skyscraper. It's is a very different Lower Manhattan Skyline than today's.

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Lower Manhattan Skyline looking North, 1930

Lower Manhattan Skyline looking North, 1930

A man in silhouette looks out from a high office in City Bank-Farmers' Trust Company Building toward 40 Wall Street, then known at the Bank of Manhattan Trust Building, which had only recently passed the Woolworth Building, visible further uptown, as the tallest building in the world. 40 Wall held that title for only a few weeks before being surpassed by the Chrysler Building, which can be seen through the window to the extreme right.

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Lower Manhattan Skyline Viewed from the Brooklyn Bridge, 1914

Lower Manhattan Skyline Viewed from the Brooklyn Bridge, 1914

Pedestrians stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge toward the Park Row Terminal, flanked by an Manhattan-bound train on their right.  Beyond the train, City Hall looms in the background, and to the far left the Woolworth Building juts at the sky.  Streetcars as well as the BMT rail line ran over the Brooklyn Bridge until around the middle of the last century.

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