Corlears Hook Park and Williamsburg Bridge, 1910

Corlears Hook Park and Williamsburg Bridge, 1910
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The Williamsburg Bridge connects the Lower East Side of Manhattan with the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Here we see the bridge only seven years after it opened. The view is from Corlears Hook Park, which derives its name from Corlears Hook, a projection of land into the East River name after schoolmaster Jacobus van Corlaer. Corlears Hook was somewhat remote from the main settlement of city and became the place to go if you were looking to take a walk on the wild side round about 1800. So abundant were the sex workers in this area that over the course of the Nineteenth Century they became known as "Hookers." 

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