The Evolving City
|Manhattan Skyline from Dumbo, 1978.|
|The Manhattan skyline during World War I, proving that this particular view has been preferred for over a hundred years. Looks uncannily similar, doesn't it? Note the Woolworth Building, completed in 1913, serving as the center point that the World Trade Center later filled (Shorpy).|
|This is a view of the Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn showing part of the Manhattan skyline in 1939. Already, the Woolworth Building has been dwarfed by other buildings. Credit: Associated Press.|
|The same view in May 1961. The massive Chase Manhattan Building, all 1,800,000 square feet above ground level, foreshadows the drive toward gigantism that culminated a decade later in the massive bulk of the World Trade Center.|
Perhaps giving the area any nickname at all helped to give the somewhat ramshackle area (at the time) an identity and actually brought attention to it. Now, it's home to tech firms like Etsy, and their employees have bid up rents so much that they eventually forced out many of the original residents. It's an old, old story, and the people of San Francisco and many other places can tell you all about it.
|Standard recent postcard view from the same location.|
|Manhattan skyline from Dumbo recently ca. 2020 (Google Earth).|
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