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The Next Stop Is... Brooklyn Museum, Eastern Parkway...

This is the of the / line. lies atop the station, and it exits right in front of the . The proclaiming the stop... most of these were done in...

The Next Stop Is... Brooklyn Museum, Eastern Parkway...

New York 1930

- Franny Wentzel - Friday, January 8th, 2010 : goo

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Photos from the November 1930 Nat'l Geographic's New York City article

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Bowling Green

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The tallest building in the world

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Lucky Lindy returns from Paris

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Central Park skating

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The Chanin Building

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Fog over Manhattan

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A clearer view

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Ticker tape parade

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Madison Square from the NY Life Bldg

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The SS Leviathan

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The Battery & Lower Manhattan

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Artsey Grand Central

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Artsey Woolworth Bldg

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Underneath the city

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The New Yorker Hotel under construction

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and the

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The money to pay for it all

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Elephants run loose in Harlem

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The Woolworth Bldg & the old Post Office in colour

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Washington Square in The Village

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Fashion Show

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Bryant Park

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Old World Immigrants

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New World cliff dwellers

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Fifth Avenue

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Belmont Raceway

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Tudor City's mini golf course

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A mini-golf course in a large apartment bldg

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The fleet's in!

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SS Mauritania at the Cunard pier

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Broaway show

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Ultra-modern offices

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The Garment District - One fig leaf started all this

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Lower East Side pushcart market

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Don't touch my bags if you please, Mister Customs Man...

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Changing the lights atop the NY Central Building

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News from your hometown!

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New York's bravest

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Columbia Presbyterian Hospital

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Sidewalk shopping in the hardware district

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Chrysler & Johns Manville Bldgs under construction

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Riverside Drive & Grant's Tomb

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Top of the Fred French Bldg

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Madison Avenue ad agency

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Artsey window display on Fifth Avenue

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Painting class off Columbus Circle

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Brooklyn Bridge and the Hotel Margaret

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Hungarian Gypsy children

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Greenwich Village gypsies

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Washington Square North townhouses

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Gramercy Park

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The El where Park Row meets the Bowery

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The NY Public Library at 42nd Street

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Lower East Side where bread is sold by the slice - butter 2 cents extra

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Soup kitchen - the Great Depression was just getting started

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Central Park South by day...

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...and by night

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Battery Park

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Book store in the Village

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Soldiers & Sailors monument

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New York's finest

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Street scene in Chinatown

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Stickball on Orchard Street

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Boating on Central Park Lake

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The Theater District

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Wall Street bank

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South Street piers

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Washington Square artist's studio

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Huntington Collection at the Met

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Roman Court at the Met

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Curb Market on Avenue C

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Immigrant students

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The foot of Wall Street - note demolition underway at #1

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Fifth Avenue double-decker busses

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Entrance to Holland Tunnel

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Demolition of the Waldorf Astoria in preparation for the next world's tallest building

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anon ( 21st Jan 2010 - 20:47 GMT

Those are amazing! I just spent a month in NYC (my first time) this past summer. It's so cool to see this history!

Glen: 8th Feb 2010 - 15:58 GMT

Outstanding pictures ! Are they from a book

Franny Wentzel: 8th Feb 2010 - 16:27 GMT

They're from the November 1930 issue of the National Geographic Magazine.

Sarah: 16th Apr 2010 - 05:22 GMT

I think if you check, you'll find that the photo marked "First Street Houses" actually shows townhouses on Washington Square North.

Franny Wentzel: 16th Apr 2010 - 10:30 GMT

Oops... maybe the robot in the cupbaord can fix that. Oh, Mister Roboto...

anon ( 31st Jan 2011 - 16:02 GMT

great photos. They really show of nyc at that time. The coulor pics were my favorite.

ECS Sanchez, London, UK: 18th Jun 2012 - 09:46 GMT

I came across this cornucopia of beautiful photographs quite by accident.
I had Googled ‘Townsville, park, painting, class’, trying to identify the tree in a photograph emailed to me of a watercolour painted on Sunday by a relative living out there.
Browsing through the resulting images and had clicked on an image of an old colour photograph of the Brooklyn Bridge. Intrigued, I clicked on the image and it brought me to this wonderful page!
Many thanks for uploading these delightful photographs – so interesting, both from architectural and sociological perspectives: they capture the essence of 1930s New York so well.
I was in surprised to see the Chrysler Building described as ‘the tallest building in the world’, but then realised that the Empire State Building hadn’t been completed until the following year, 1931. I still much prefer it to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, for the moment, the tallest in the world. The Empire had something solid and reassuring about it!
Again, many thanks for sharing these photographs.
Best wishes,
ECS Sánchez, London, UK

SC Eng, Edison, NJ: 24th Apr 2013 - 02:01 GMT

Been trying to find NYC CHinatown pics from the 1930's, these are the best I have found. Thank you!!

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Passed this door a while back, next to the and . It was covered in and s... After several months, went over ... Three days later, the door got ed... (sorry for the blurry pics) , ...

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