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Broadway and Park Place, 1914

Broadway and Park Place, 1914
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Boys Swimming in the East River, c. 1910

Boys Swimming in the East River, c. 1910

How hot would it have to be for you to strip off all your clothes, climb over all the debris along the shore, and go swimming in the East River? Today, it probably never gets that hot. But for these kids, there was no better way to cool off. In a world without air conditioning, there was the fire hydrant, sprinklers in the park, a couple of crowded public pools, and the river.

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Woolworth Building Under Construction, July 1, 1912

Woolworth Building Under Construction, July 1, 1912
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South Tower of the WTC Under Construction, February 1970

In this picture taken on February 27, 1970, the south tower of the World Trade Center is under construction. The cranes of Koch Steel top the jagged structure. In the background, the north tower, is substantially more complete than its sister.

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World Trade Center Under Construction, February 27, 1970

World Trade Center Under Construction, February 27, 1970

In this black and white picture taken by photographer Mal Gurian on February 27, 1970, construction of the north tower of the World Trade Center is substantially under way. The south tower in the foreground has made significant progress, but is several month behind its sister tower.

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1 World Trade Center Under Construction, June 27, 1969

1 World Trade Center Under Construction, June 27, 1969

In this southward view, we see the North Tower of the World Trade Center under construction. This black and white picture was taken by photographer Mal Gurian on June 27, 1969. At this point, only about 20 floors have gone up. The South Tower, which was still in the very early stages of construction, is obscured from view.

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World Trade Center Under Construction, June 27, 1969

World Trade Center Under Construction, June 27, 1969

This black and white photograph, taken on June 27, 1969, by photographer Mal Gurian, shows the construction of the Twin Towers. In this shot, we look north past the WTC 2, or the South Tower, which is in the beginning stages of construction, toward WTC 1, the North Tower, which is well under way. Beyond the cranes of Koch Steel are the West Side Piers, absent of any hint of the World Financial Center.

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Greenwich and Fulton Streets, 1914

Greenwich and Fulton Streets, 1914

In this black and white photograph, taken in 1914, we see a man walking beneath the elevated train line at the intersection of Greenwich and Fulton Streets in Lower Manhattan. There's a lot of detail in this old picture, from the guy getting a nickel shoe shine on the left to the storefronts across the street. But perhaps the most intersesting thing about this photograph is that Greenwich and Fulton Streets no longer intersect. Their union was broken in the 1960s when the designers of the World Trade Center carved out a Super-Block in Lower Manhattan.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1909

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1909
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