Greenwich and Fulton Streets, 1914

Greenwich and Fulton Streets, 1914
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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. This exact location is now the center of the World Trade Center complex. In the rebuilding of the WTC, the Super-Block concept has been rethought, and Greenwich Street now runs its old course, and Fulton will eventually re-intersect.

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